Endeavor Ready

Returning Citizens Entrepreneurship Readiness





Strategic Priorities

With support from Capital One, AEO launched its Endeavor Ready initiative to identify solutions needed to successfully prepare returning citizens for entrepreneurship. As the leading voice of innovation in microfinance and microbusiness in the United States, AEO seeks to inform and advance the path to entrepreneurship for returning citizens so they can more effectively access the economic mobility and wealth creation entrepreneurship can provide.

The initiative combines research with collaborative work to:

  1. Identify gaps in returning citizen entrepreneurship readiness system;
  2. Discover scalable best practices and approaches;
  3. Uncover key elements needed to ensure returning citizens are ready for entrepreneurship;
  4. Co-create a framework for a new initiative

 Endeavor Ready Publications 

Returning Citizen Entrepreneurship: Enhancing Support, Increasing Opportunities, and Deepening Success

Entrepreneurship can effectively address the underlying causes of the high recidivism rate, while also providing a promising career and life path. However, the difference between success and failure for these fledgling entrepreneurs may lie in three key strategies: early credit development, right-fit capital, and trauma-informed care. When training programs add these strategies into their curriculum, they can deliver even greater success and impact for participants. This paper also shares experiences of how people are realizing their dreams of long-term career and life success, and how new programs are enabling them to do so. 

Advancing Entrepreneurial Readiness Training for Returning Citizens

This toolkit provides easy-to-use resources for practitioners offering post-release entrepreneurial training to returning citizens (individuals who were formerly incarcerated). The opportunities highlighted are intended for program managers, funders, and policy makers seeking to learn more effective training approaches or for potential partners looking to improve support to returning citizen entrepreneurs.