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Own It: Starting a Business after Prison

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Mar 15, 2018

The Aspire to Entrepreneurship program started in Washington DC in 2016. The 6 month program teaches folks coming home from incarceration business skills and helps them launch their ventures.

35 returning citizens have completed Aspire. Out of those 35 graduates: 10 are holding down jobs, 10 are working while pursuing their businesses, and 15 are running businesses that employ 39 people.

And to top it all off, no Aspire graduate has returned to prison. That’s right, a 0% recidivism rate.

For all of us who wish to harness the power of entrepreneurship to support returning citizens, we have a lot to learn from today’s guest, Kate Mereand: