Defy Colorado, an independent nonprofit helping people with criminal histories create legal business ventures, is now in three Colorado prisons and is on track to graduate nearly 200 “Entrepreneurs-in-Training” by the end of 2019.

At its first Boulder Demo Day on Wednesday, two graduates of Defy Colorado’s flagship “Entrepreneurs-in-Training” in-prison program pitched business ideas ranging from an Etsy-like platform selling prison art to Spanish cuisine food trucks before a panel that included senior leaders from CSU’s Business School, Foundry Group, Google and Techstars. Defy Colorado also announced it had collected more than $70,000 in donations at the event.
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