Q: What does your organization do?
A: Inmates to Entrepreneurs provides resources and mentorship to help people with criminal backgrounds start, grow, and run low-capital service businesses.
We offer free in-person entrepreneurship classes in the form of an eight-week course covering the basics of entrepreneurship and business creation. Classes are taught by individuals with real entrepreneurship experience. The course is offered in various cities across North Carolina. See this page for more details.
We also send our mentors (local entrepreneurs) to partner organizations and correctional facilities in North Carolina to teach an abbreviated lesson on entrepreneurship. To request a speaker visit this link.
Q: Does I2E offer grant funding or business loans?
A: No. Inmates to Entrepreneurs does not offer any sort of financial support. We teach the practice of starting and growing low-capital businesses.
Q: If I do not have a criminal record, can I still participate in the courses?
A: Our in person courses are limited to individuals who have a criminal background or have had charges against them. However, we do offer a free online course that is open to anyone.
Q: How do I bring the in-person course to my city/state?
A: Our in-person programs are only offered in NC at this time on a rotating schedule; however, we are in the process of developing a national model that will be completed later this summer. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Q: When is the next Inmates to Entrepreneurs class in my area?
A: Inmates to Entrepreneurs classes are held in various locations around North Carolina on a rotating schedule. For a list of upcoming courses and dates, please visit our in-person course page.
Q: How much does a class cost?
A: Inmates to Entrepreneur classes are free to attend. Our online course, Starter U, is also free to take.
Q: I have entrepreneurship experience. How can I become a mentor?
A: Please visit our Get Involved page for more information and to request a mentor application.
Q: Does I2E send any resources to individuals currently incarcerated?
A: Yes. If you or a loved one are interested in receiving material related to starting a business, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a letter 4011 Westchase Blvd., Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Q: What is the online course, Starter U?
A: Starter U: How to Start and Grow a Business is a free, self-paced online course teaching everything you need to know to start, run, and grow a business. Through roughly ten hours of instruction, entrepreneur stories, quizzes, and discussion topics, the course covers topics like business ideation, marketing, selling, and customer service. Click here to learn more.