Defy Ventures transforms the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey.

We harness the natural talents of currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth and redirect them toward the creation of legal business ventures and careers. Defy offers a suite of services that includes intensive personal and leadership development, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring, financial investment, and business incubation. By engaging top corporate executives, investors, and entrepreneurs nationally, Defy catalyzes broad scale personal and economic opportunities for people with criminal histories, and shatters perceptions of one of the most stigmatized and overlooked populations in America.

 
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Qa’id Aqeel

Post-Release Program Manager

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Kirsten Shulley

Prison Program Associate

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DeJuan Lewis

Program Director

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Gaye Freedman

Prison Program Associate

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Edith Mari

Volunteer & Events Manager

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Maria Herrera

Prison Program Associate