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SCC Ohio Prison Entrepreneurship Program Ceremony

SCC Ohio Prison Entrepreneurship Program Ceremony

The innovative, 14-week Ohio Prison Entrepreneurship Program (OPEP) held its closing ceremony at Southeastern Correctional Complex Lancaster.  Each inmate participate was given the opportunity to prepare and pitch a business idea to the visiting students and staff of the Ohio State University, inmate family members and SCC staff.  A panel comprised of three judges evaluated and questioned the participants.  Members of the panel were, Will Burris a top technology visionary developing LaborGenome, David Butcher a student entrepreneur starting Flyby BBQ and Anil Makhija Dean of Fisher College of Business.  Representatives from Fisher College and the Columbus Dispatch covered the event.  The OPEP curriculum was developed by students, faculty, staff, and community advisors of the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business and implemented through a partnership with SCC staff. OPEP is designed to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and introduce offenders to entrepreneurial concepts that enable them to start/run their own business. After the class, participants will gain exposure to Franklin County community leaders and entrepreneurs and be able to leave prison with a plan of action to start their own business upon Reentry.

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