Looking to be an Entrepreneur?

If you're considering starting your own business, there are great organizations out there to help you find your way.

Entrepreneurship Programs for People with Convictions


  • Inmates to Entrepreneurs runs STARTER U, an online, self-paced course that you can complete whenever you have time. In around 12 hours, the course covers everything from starting a business with less than $1k to running and growing a business.

  • Interested? Register by creating an account here

  • Questions? Check out the FAQs or email [email protected]


  • If you are formerly incarcerated and are interested in Defy's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp program, send them a note and let them know where you're located. [email protected] / (800) 680-0563

General Entrepreneurship Programs and Resources

  • Small Business Services: Most cities and states have programs to support small business owners. If you do a google search for small business services you can learn about what's available in your community.

  • Minority and Women Owned Business Programs (MWBE): If you are part of a minority group or if you're a woman, there may be special opportunities or programs designed to help you open or grow a business. If you do a google search for the team "MWBE" in your city or state you can find resources.