Defy Ventures

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Employment
  • Justice & Legal


1736 Franklin St#4Oakland, CA 94612 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Defy’s mission is to change mindsets to give people with criminal histories their best shot at a second chance


Defy Ventures is a national nonprofit with a vision to cut recidivism in half by leveraging entrepreneurship to increase economic opportunity and transform lives. Defy's programs are helping currently and formerly incarcerated people across the country defy the odds by providing pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, and a successful reentry. Defy’s vision is to reduce recidivism by 50% by leveraging entrepreneurship as a tool to increase economic opportunity and transform lives. In pursuit of this goal, we are working to transform the skillsets and mindsets of currently and formerly incarcerated adults as well as the hearts and minds of the business community in support of a common thesis that people with a criminal history deserve a fair chance to reenter society and fulfill their potential.

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