Supporting Our Community
Upfront Summit is our way to give back to colleagues and friends in the tech community. For 2018, we’ve selected the non-profit organization - Defy Ventures - as our Summit Community Partner. Our goal is to bring awareness and support to their inspiring, impactful work teaching entrepreneurship to the nation’s incarcerated population.
We’re grateful for your Summit participation and are honored to host you free of charge. In return, we simply ask that you learn more about how Defy Ventures is changing the lives of incarcerated individuals and their families. And if you’re so moved, please consider supporting them however you can. Thanks.
About Defy Ventures
Defy Ventures “transforms the hustle” of currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth by providing entrepreneurship training, intense character and personal development, job placement, executive mentorship, startup incubation, and “Shark Tank” style pitch competitions with prizes of up to $15,000 in startup capital per business. Leveraging a blended learning model, Defy combines the scalability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of video-based training with life-transforming opportunities for growth through in-person coaching and mentoring. Defy empowers “Entrepreneurs-in-Training” (or “EITs”) to launch successful careers and businesses and break generational legacies of poverty and incarceration.
Read about one of the most meaningful days of Mark Suster's life volunteering with Defy.