gBeta Institute Pitch Night
SPEAKER 1: What we plan to do is build an app or online platform that is like LinkedIn where people can say, hey, I'm having a problem I need some help.
NYRA JORDAN: I am so thrilled to see all of these people here today. This is exciting.
SPEAKER 2: The goal is to have the formerly incarcerated to help each other navigate their new lives. And so it's a self-help kind of model.
LAUREN USHER: The progress that the companies have made has been phenomenal.
NYRA JORDAN; Just to hear the conversations about what those things are and to hear these real entities that now exist that didn't exists a month ago, I think that's what I hope to come out of this. To me, that's the success.
LAUREN USHER: They've really narrowed in and honed in on specific problems. A lot of them are saying, I wish I had this when I was coming out.
SPEAKER 4: What we're looking to do, is we're creating a platform that alleviates all of the stigma and the biases from an employer and helps kind of even the playing field for those of us who may have strikes against us in the hiring pool.
NYRA JORDAN: We will absolutely be here to continue to support them and provide the resources that they need for these businesses to be successful.
SPEAKER 5: We really want to help the kids, the kids of incarcerated parents, that we feel need a little extra support and guidance to be able to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship.
LAUREN USHER: So whether it's thinking about the kids of people who are incarcerated, or people who are currently incarcerated and about to be released, or people who have been released and are having trouble finding a support system, they're really thinking about very specific issues.
SPEAKER 6: We develop's mission is to provide incarcerated persons with software development skills and business organizations with affordable entry level software development team member. We are dedicated to our participants professional success into meeting our business client's software development needs.
NYRA JORDAN: I think we saw with what we've done with this event and with this effort, that what you can do with access and opportunity and the ideas of that can come from that, and the energy that can come from. That there is real innovation when people are given a chance.
LAUREN USHER: Their work will become real and they are going to help people in the way that they set out to, because they're very, highly motivated.
NYRA JORDAN: It's those communities, like this community, that is dealing with the issue of incarceration and the challenges faced with reentry every day that can come up with the solutions, because they are living these problems. But the fact that we've given them voice and given them access to resources to take that idea to the next level is incredible social impact in my opinion. Incredible social impact.