About Us


Our mission: To assist formerly incarcerated individuals in starting their own business and engaging in entrepreneurship by providing resources, mentorship and hope.

Our vision: To reduce the rate of recidivism by providing an alternative path to financial stability and success.

Eight week course

Inmates to Entrepreneurs hosts an eight-week course for anyone with a criminal background who has started or is interested in starting their own small business. It is offered three times per calendar year in Raleigh, North Carolina. The course and program materials are offered to participants free of charge, however participants are required to attend all eight sessions.

Online resources

Inmates to Entrepreneurs provides a library of videos and other resources answering many of the most common questions people have on starting a business. Those videos can be found in the site’s Start a Business section.

Educational seminars

Inmates to Entrepreneurs leads hour-long entrepreneurship courses at correctional facilities and out in the community. The seminars are free to both the institutions and participants.

Interested in hosting an educational seminar? Request a speaker.

“America is a country of second chances. If people aren’t given a second chance, they will return to old habits and repeat their past mistakes. Inmates to Entrepreneurs seeks to help people start over by providing them the information needed to become productive participants in our society.”

Brian Hamilton

Founder & Co-Chairman, Inmates to Entrepreneurs

“You can still start from Ground Zero, no matter what your situation or past may have been. There is still opportunity for you. Leaving prison, you have to prove yourself again. A lot of people who have been incarcerated have struggled since leaving. There is a revolving door into and out of prison, partially because of society and partially because of the inmates themselves. If you want to change, if you have dreams, Inmates to Entrepreneurs is a good way to start tapping into them, to start letting what you’ve imagined come to fruition, and to start putting your goals on paper. It’s the first step. It might be a baby step, but it’s a step forward.”

Scott Jennings

Inmates to Entrepreneurs board member and former inmate