Defy breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by connecting them with entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and other community members inside of prison and out. Volunteer events are designed to create transformational experiences for EITs and volunteers alike.

 

Jan 29

Business Coaching Day (BCD)

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pleasant Valley State Prison

BCDs begin with icebreaker exercises designed to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers provide EITs with feedback on their resumes, personal statements, and business ideas through small group coaching sessions. Before the end of the evening, there are exercises to reflect on what everyone learned and bring closure to the event.


Feb 13

Business Pitch Competition (BPC) & Graduation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

San Francisco

This BPC for post-release EITs will begin with icebreaker exercises designed to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers serve as judges for the post-release EITs’ Shark-Tank style pitch competition at the culmination of their journey with Defy. Following the competition, EITs will be presented with . Volunteers have the special opportunity to bear witness and lend support to the graduates who have worked diligently to reach this milestone occasion.  


Mar - TBD

Business Coaching Day (BCD)

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Valley State Prison

BCDs begin with icebreaker exercises designed to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers provide EITs with feedback on their resumes, personal statements, and business ideas through small group coaching sessions. Before the end of the evening, there are exercises to reflect on what everyone learned and bring closure to the event.

 

Please join us!