ReStartup Academy is an innovative prison reentry program that is unlocking untapped human and business potential behind prison walls and beyond in Washington state, by offering comprehensive, practical, and engaging curriculum that empowers people incarcerated by the system and their limiting beliefs, to become valuable employees, inspired entrepreneurs, and passionate change agents.   

Presenter: Leo Novsky, Executive Director 

What if you were only known for the worst thing you have ever done? ReStartup Academy is an innovative prison reentry program that is unlocking untapped human and business potential behind prison walls and beyond in Washington state, by offering comprehensive, practical, and engaging curriculum that empowers people incarcerated by their limiting beliefs and circumstances to become valuable employees, inspired entrepreneurs, and passionate change agents.   

To that end, ReStartup has licensed CEO of Your New Life course -- the “gold standard” in the prison reentry program created and supported by Defy Ventures – a national organization with track record of success in over 25 prisons. ReStartup Academy is implementing and innovating it here in Washington State where such programs are non-existent. Through this 6-8 month-long, hands-on, student-tested, and prison-approved curriculum, ReStartup Academy employs evidence-based and tailored practices that focus not just on employment readiness, reentry planning, and entrepreneurship, but on personal development, interpersonal communication and the power of forgiveness. Graduates will have a better sense of self through a plan of action, the support of mentors, and a vision for their future, allowing them to thrive rather than simply survive upon release.

ReStartup Academy has already successfully run the first course in 2017 graduating 32 men and have now launched their new cohort at the Monroe Correctional Complex with 50 excited Entrepreneurs in Training (EIT). We are signing up to 120 gifted mentors, passionate supporters and corporate sponsors to join us at one of four interactive and transformative Business Coaching Day Events and Shark-Tank style pitches to be held four times prior to May, 2019. But, we need your help. We are driven to raise $382,000 in grants, sponsorships and donations in order to build our team, engage the community, and scale so that we may change the face of incarceration in our state and our country and transform the lives of 500+ incarcerated men and women at 3 prisons in Western Washington.

Website: www.restartupacademy.org 

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ReStartup Academy is an innovative prison reentry program that is unlocking untapped human and business potential behind prison walls and beyond in Washington state, by offering comprehensive, practical, and engaging curriculum that empowers people incarcerated by the system and their limiting beliefs, to become valuable employees, inspired entrepreneurs, and passionate change agents.   

Presenter: Leo Novsky, Executive Director 

What if you were only known for the worst thing you have ever done? ReStartup Academy is an innovative prison reentry program that is unlocking untapped human and business potential behind prison walls and beyond in Washington state, by offering comprehensive, practical, and engaging curriculum that empowers people incarcerated by their limiting beliefs and circumstances to become valuable employees, inspired entrepreneurs, and passionate change agents.   

To that end, ReStartup has licensed CEO of Your New Life course -- the “gold standard” in the prison reentry program created and supported by Defy Ventures – a national organization with track record of success in over 25 prisons. ReStartup Academy is implementing and innovating it here in Washington State where such programs are non-existent. Through this 6-8 month-long, hands-on, student-tested, and prison-approved curriculum, ReStartup Academy employs evidence-based and tailored practices that focus not just on employment readiness, reentry planning, and entrepreneurship, but on personal development, interpersonal communication and the power of forgiveness. Graduates will have a better sense of self through a plan of action, the support of mentors, and a vision for their future, allowing them to thrive rather than simply survive upon release.

ReStartup Academy has already successfully run the first course in 2017 graduating 32 men and have now launched their new cohort at the Monroe Correctional Complex with 50 excited Entrepreneurs in Training (EIT). We are signing up to 120 gifted mentors, passionate supporters and corporate sponsors to join us at one of four interactive and transformative Business Coaching Day Events and Shark-Tank style pitches to be held four times prior to May, 2019. But, we need your help. We are driven to raise $382,000 in grants, sponsorships and donations in order to build our team, engage the community, and scale so that we may change the face of incarceration in our state and our country and transform the lives of 500+ incarcerated men and women at 3 prisons in Western Washington.

Website: www.restartupacademy.org