San Quentin is probably the last place you’d expect to find a startup accelerator. There is one there, though, and it is called The Last Mile. Founded by Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti in 2011, The Last Mile provides a six-month training program for prisoners with an entrepreneurial spirit.
This isn’t a watered-down program, either. Participants learn about social media, build communication skills, and interact with guest speakers and mentors. At the end of their training program, participants are required to brainstorm a new business idea and then create a business plan for this idea. The ideas are then pitched in front of a live audience on what is called ‘Demo Day.’