Come to our Entrepreneurship Pitch Night on Wednesday, October 19th

You are invited to the pitch showcase and graduation for formerly incarcerated Wisconsinites who have completed Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, a 14-week program of UW-Madison Extension and Defy Ventures.

The free event will be held at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, on Wednesday, October 19. Dinner will be served at 6pm with the main activities starting at 6:30pm. Speakers include Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and business owners Shontina Gladney of SGGN Group Entrepreneurs Society, LLC, and Valinda Binns of Artistically Custom Poetics, both graduates of the program. Please RSVP at

At the event, participants – called Entrepreneurs in Training or EITs – will be doing a pitch about their business, developed during more than three months of coursework covering business topics from ideation to a complete business concept. Business experts will give feedback on these pitches for the EITs to incorporate into future business presentations.

Thanks to the support of the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is free to formerly incarcerated residents of Wisconsin who are interested in learning entrepreneurship and personal development. To join a future cohort, apply here. Community leaders and business people who would like to volunteer with the program can register here for future events, including prison-based programming in Racine County and in-person and online options.

To learn more about the EIT Partnership, please visit and

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