Creating opportunities for inmates upon release with a 14 session entrepreneurship training program, complete with a professional support network.

1: Introductions
2: The Entrepreneurial Mindset
3: Ethics and Decision Making
4: Understand the Problem
5: Opportunity Analysis
6: What’s Your Company?
7: Business Model Canvas

8: Business Model Canvas
9: Go To Market Strategy
10: Revenue Stream Model
11: Filing, Business Structures, Legalities
12: Priorities, Resources, Connections
13: Moving Forward
14: Final Pitches


Community Network

When individuals leave our prison systems many of them face an abundance of problems that they were unprepared for -- i.e. debt, lack of housing and transportation, lack of support, etc.

Along with that, any amount of prison time creates a stigma that individuals mentally carry around.  They are judged by the label "felon," and then treated more harshly in society.  Often times, these individuals lack supportive community and resources needed to move on with their lives.  This creates the vicious recidivism cycle - felons can not find help or support after release, they feel they have nothing left to turn to expect for their previous life of crime, they recommit, and eventually return to prison.  

Ohio Prison Entrepreneurship Program works to break this cycle by providing education, support, community, and resources for inmates of the Southeastern Correctional Institute.  We've spent time building and tailoring entrepreneurial curriculum and a support network that strives to give our participants a second chance; making their first trip to prison their last.  Our education focuses on teaching elementary business practices and ideas along with soft, interpersonal skills that they may use when transitioning into life outside of prison walls. 

Education is the focus of our program but we've also built a support network for OPEP alumni after they graduate.  The key to helping our participants is keeping them actively involved after they return to their normal lives.  We want to know how our men are doing, their employment status, and whether or not they are involved as an entrepreneur.  In order to ask these questions, we've implemented a mentor program.  Mentors are OPEP volunteers that want to make a difference in their community.  Their job is to coach and provide support with alumni, keeping them on a path for success.

For individuals who have once resided inside prison walls, life after prison may be a radical transition. OPEP can make a world of difference for alumni and lower recidivism across our society.