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The ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

Employment is one of the greatest barriers to the success of returning citizens or formerly-incarcerated individuals and is directly related to an individual’s ability to avoid re-offending. Entrepreneurship is an equal opportunity employer and alternative solution to finding sustainable employment for formerly-incarcerated individuals. The ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi) addresses the likely connection between entrepreneurship and reducing the rate of re-offending by providing technical business training and education to incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated individuals. REDi is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.      

The Program

The REDi program prepares participants by providing one-on-one coaching and a variety of workshop series that assist in the business planning process. REDi is designed into four key phases: Entrepreneurship 101, Business Planning, Start the Business, and Grow the Business.

Session 4 Open Enrollment Dates: July 15 – August 13

Class Dates: August 5 – September 16 

Session 5 Open Enrollment Dates: September 9 – October 10

Class Dates:  October 7 – November 20

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The Program

The REDi program prepares participants by providing one-on-one coaching and a variety of workshop series that assist in the business planning process. REDi is designed into four key phases: Entrepreneurship 101, Business Planning, Start the Business, and Grow the Business.

Session 4 Open Enrollment Dates: July 15 – August 13

Class Dates: August 5 – September 16 

Session 5 Open Enrollment Dates: September 9 – October 10

Class Dates:  October 7 – November 20

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REDI Pitch Night

The REDi pitch competition provides 5 entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business to the audience and compete for a $2,500 cash prize plus a package of professional services.

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REDI Pitch Night

The REDi pitch competition provides 5 entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business to the audience and compete for a $2,500 cash prize plus a package of professional services.

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In the Headlines

IBJ

The IBJ shares how the REDi program ties into many of the ongoing re-entry efforts in Indianapolis. READ: “Tight job market opens doors for ex-offenders”

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RTV6

In RTV6’s Hiring Hoosiers segment, REDi is highlighted as a program focused on removing barriers to employment. READ/WATCH: “REDi program teaches former inmates the skills to become business owners”

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In the Words of REDi Students

“One of the essential components that allowed me to be where I am now in my life now was being involved in the REDi program. I ended up meeting [my business coach] and it was a pivotal point in my life.” Michael Lacey, Founder of Fort Goat Productions “The REDi coach pays attention to each issue and helped me focus on moving my product from paper to life.” Thomas Burnette, Founder of Mix Masters LLC Thank you Fifth Third Bank for this video interview with our BOI staff and REDi client.

In the Words of REDi Students

“One of the essential components that allowed me to be where I am now in my life now was being involved in the REDi program. I ended up meeting [my business coach] and it was a pivotal point in my life.” Michael Lacey, Founder of Fort Goat Productions “The REDi coach pays attention to each issue and helped me focus on moving my product from paper to life.” Thomas Burnette, Founder of Mix Masters LLC Thank you Fifth Third Bank for this video interview with our BOI staff and REDi client.

 

Questions?

For more information about REDi, please contact program manager Neil Metzger at 317.464.2232 or email us through the button below.

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