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Wednesday, May 25 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Embracing Returning Citizens as Entrepreneurship Teams Discussion FULL

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Between 60%-75% of ex-offenders are unemployed a year after their release. Is entrepreneurship an answer to America's high recidivism rate? Explore the organizations and people helping returning citizens' path from prison to self-sufficiency.

The event will start with 60 second overviews of each organization, business or speaker. Each organization will be stationed at a table where attendees can sit and talk intimately about the speaker's story. Every 15 mins attendees will have a chance to switch to a different table. The goal is to have real, small group connection where the conversation flows organically for each group in order to break the barriers associated with returning citizens.

A light buffet is included. The bar will be open for purchase. Seating is limited. 

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/ Due to shuttle service concluding at 8pm, we recommend finding your own transportation to the event. Rides will be available to the event, but not returning.

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Kathryn Birky

Kathryn Birky is a co-founder of Lazlo, a new menswear label focused on local, sustainable and ethical production. Lazlo has a cut and sew facility in Corktown, where the company is working to create living wage jobs for men who were trained to sew while incarcerated. www.lazlo.c... Read More →
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Mario Bueno

Released from Prison on January 22, 2014, Mario served 19 consecutive years from the age of 16 for the robbery and murder of a local drug dealer. He served over 3 years in solitary confinement before the age of 21. Yet, even with all these obstacles, today Mario is a published scholar... Read More →
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Camron Colts

Camron is a Detroit native he is a father of one. Camron is graduate from Thomas M. Cooley High School soon after graduation Camron start making poor choice which eventually lead him to commit an armed robbery which land him in prison.During his incarnation he began to understand... Read More →
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Joe Debose

Joseph Bruce Debose- Chief Operating Officer & Director of Veteran Services– Joseph, better known as Joe, currently serves as COO and Director of Veterans Services for Project Boots on the Ground. He was born and raised in Ortonville, MI and has lived in Detroit since 2015.Joe enlisted... Read More →
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Brian Jones

Ronin Studio LLC
Brian Jones grew up on Detroit’s eastside. As a youth, he displayed athletic prowess in track and football, but potential scholarships were cut short by a run in with the law. At 18 years old Brian was sentenced to 20 to 40 years for armed robbery, assault with attempt to murder... Read More →
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Jarret Schlaff

CEO, Boots on the Ground
Jarret Alan, servesas CEO and President of Boots on the Ground LLC. Co­founded in January 2015, theworker­owned company’s mission is to produce hand­made, ecologically consciousness, urbanutility boots and other products for the world, built by veterans overcoming houselessness... Read More →
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Yusef Shakur

YBS Consulting, LLC Author of "The Window 2 my Soul; 08", "My Soul Looks Back; 12" & "Redemptive Soul: The Yusef Bunchy Shakur Reader; 14" Producer of the documentary "Detroit's Native Son" www.yusefshakur.org 313-459-6008Yusef Bunchy Shakur is well versed in the language and syntax of the difficulties of being raised by a single parent, engaging in the sub-culture of the streets and gang life as an outlet for anger and desire to find kinship, mass incarceration where he went to prison for a crime he did not commit and ul... Read More →
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Rick Speck

Owner/CoFounder, Six Pillars Painting and Powerswashing/ LUCK Inc.
Richard is a native of Detroit, engaged and a father of four children and 2 grandchildren.  Richard was incarcerated multiple times ranging from fraud to armed robbery, which led him to a 15 year stay at both Federal and state prisons.In the last 5 years of his incarceration he facilitated... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
COLORS Restaurant