Our ImpactAt enrollment, 90% of EITs live in poverty;
they averaged 10 years in prison.
They suffer the stigma of being known
for the worst thing they’ve done, instead
of who they are today. Defy changes that.
- Served 3,600+ formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) across 24 states
- Served 1,700+ currently incarcerated EITs across 15 correctional facilities
- Recidivism for served EITs is less than 5%
- Financed and incubated over 170 startups founded by EITs, which created 350+ jobs in their communities
- Disbursed $700,000+ to EIT startups through business pitch competition awards and microloans
- EITs report an 83% income increase and 95% employment rate within 7 months of enrolling in Defy
- National media recognized the success of our EITs’ companies in publications such as The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.com. More here.
- EITs received standing ovations when presenting to audiences coast-to-coast, with groups including: Big Omaha, Women@Google, WIRED Business Conference, PayPal, DEMO Conference, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, SOCAP, Techmanity, Computer History Museum, Ideation Conference, CEO Club, The Feast, The National Investment Banking Association, Coastal Carolina University, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Princeton University
- Engaged 4,500+ executive volunteers from hedge funds, investment banks, venture capital and private equity firms, Fortune 500 companies, and entrepreneurial ventures. These volunteers contributed 15,000+ hours as business pitch competition judges, mentors, training center faculty, resume editors, and business coaches