A business and entrepreneurship program for the formerly incarcerated
"In being a part of the Georgetown Pivot Program, we have blazed a trail that many others will trek. We are the inaugural class of Georgetown Pivot 2019."  
— Olayemi Oladiji, Pivot Class of 2019 

to the Pivot Class of 2019!

In front of friends, family, and faculty at the McDonough School of Business, the inaugural class of fifteen Pivot fellows graduated on June 21st, 2019. "I am proud of my alma mater every day, but this is probably my proudest moment," said graduation speaker Melissa Bradley, a Georgetown alumna and faculty member.  

"Through the university's commitment to this program, the wider D.C. community and the world at large, I am thrilled that Georgetown chose to expand its care and support of those that many others have written off, ignored, overlooked, misunderstood, or even assumed the worst."

We also heard from Pivot fellows Olayemi Oladiji and Corey Pollard, who were chosen by their cohort as student graduation speakers. For the entire ceremony, see the full video.

We are so proud of you! 

Pivot Pitch Competition Showcases
Budding Entrepreneurs 

On June 14th, fifteen Pivot Fellows presented their entrepreneurial venture ideas, from catering to cleaning to custom sneakers, before a panel of judges at the Pivot Pitch Competition. The pitch event was the culmination of months of work during which the fellows developed business plans while studying business and entrepreneurship. The grand prize was $4,000 in startup funding.
The first prize winners were Ralph Green's Back of House, a cleaning package service for restaurants, and DeVaughn Bell's The Empty Plate, a halal and vegan catering business.  

A second prize of $2,000 went to Troy Burner, Sherri Davis, and Corey Pollard for their business venture F.R.E.E. (Felons Reentering Environment Equitably), an online marketplace to connect employers with returning citizen job seekers. 

We gave out three third prizes of $1,000: to Marquis Hicks, founder of Stay Clean, a mobile car cleaning service, to Deron Doby, founder of Odd Kickz, a custom shoe design venture, and to Corey Pollard, founder of SoundSense, a coworking space for musicians. 

The rest of our teams received honorable mentions and prizes of $750 to start their business ventures. Thanks to the wonderful judges for offering their support, feedback, and connections. 

Spotlight on Prequel

What's it like to have an internship through the Pivot Program? 

“It’s not just a work experience. It’s also a mentorship,” says DeVaughn Bell, one of two Pivot fellows interning at Prequel, a restaurant incubator and event space in Washington, D.C.. Since January, Bell and Ralph Green have contributed to almost every aspect of the organization, “from food running to hosting, doing the books, writing checks, front office, back office, everything.” 

Like the other Pivot fellows, Bell and Green come into their internships twice a week for eight hours a day, balancing their work with classes and plans for their own businesses.

Click here to read the full story. 

Applications Now Open
for the Class of 2020

The Georgetown Pivot Program is a rigorous 10-month certificate program in Business and Entrepreneurship designed specifically for returning citizens. 

We are looking for returning citizens who display exceptional drive, have an interest in entrepreneurship, and are ready to engage in college-level academic work.
Apply Now

What Our Graduates Say About the Pivot Program: 

"The Pivot Program has given me education, problem-solving strategies, and networks that I would never have had access to. Pivot has truly been a blessing for me, my family, and my community. I always wanted to help and impact my community, and now I have the tools."

— Sophia McKinney, 2019 Pivot Fellow

"The Pivot Program has allowed me to really pursue my goals. It has been a fantastic learning experience because it helps me understand how people convey information and why it is necessary to collaborate with other people. I truly believe I can transform people with my story."

 Yusef Rabb, 2019 Pivot Fellow 

Pivot in the News

Pivot program propelling ‘returning citizens' from behind bars and into the working world
— Fox5

Former inmates join entrepreneurship program
— TRT News

The business schools taking teaching into prisons
— The Financial Times

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