September 20, 2023 ALL

Join the JCU Prison Entrepreneurship Program

We are launching a unique prison entrepreneurship program in Spring 2024. We are looking for ~20 students to pilot the program with us. Register your interest at

We will meet once evening per week from 6:30-9:15 during the spring semester (this will be a 3-credit course). For 10 of those weeks, we will meet at Grafton Correctional Institution with 10 incarcerated men chosen by a panel of entrepreneurs and investors.

Two JCU students will work with each incarcerated man to understand their interests and skills, and to help set up a side hustle around those so that when he is released he might have a means of income. We will use an award-winning curriculum developed by our entrepreneurship program leader Doan Winkel.

The main goals of the program are:
Enhance your entrepreneurial skills by working to start businesses on behalf of these men (we will have no ownership)

Provide a sense of purpose for these men to focus on while incarcerated, and once released

Provide a source of income for these men upon their release to help reduce the likelihood of their returning to prison

Benefits to you are:
A unique program to put on your resume to differentiate you in job interviews

Enhance your entrepreneurial skills by working to start a business

Make a significant impact on these men’s current and future daily life

Any questions, please contact Doan Winkel at