How to Transform Ex-Cons To Successful Entrepreneurs

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Start Date: 2014-12-18
End Date: 2014-12-18
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Phone: 4088346384

Location: PayPal Town Hall, 2161 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95131


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Come hear Catherine Hoke, CEO of Defy Ventures and recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, discuss her transformative work.

Catherine will share her story, checkered with challenges, and provide insight on how to overcome obstacles and failures in leadership.

Defy Ventures is a NYC-based entrepreneurship, employment, and character training program that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs.

Defy “transforms the hustle” of formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation.

Defy intentionally builds a life-giving, authentic community between EITs and its executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.

Since its founding, Defy has raised $4 million and engaged 2,500+ executive volunteers who contributed 12,500 hours as business plan competition judges, mentors, and business coaches. Defy has incubated and financed 80 of its graduates’ companies. Grads have reported a 83% increase in income and achieved an 95% employment rate.

Defy has been showcased in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Richard Branson’s blog,Inc. Magazine,, and The Harvard Business Review.

Speakers: Catherine Hoke

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Organized by :  Chang Liu

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