New Hustle News


Bloomberg Business Week Features TRAP House in November Issue!


Photo: Amy Lombard for Bloomberg Businessweek

Right around Thanksgiving 2016, TRAP House received some truly awesome news! Bloomberg Businessweek published a feature article in their “New Money” issue that was all about TRAP House’s founding and pilot summer program. Here is the article:

An Incubator for (Former) Drug Dealers

the article was written by Maura Ewing, who frequently writes about poverty and criminal justice. The team was very happy with the article and received nothing but love and support in the wake of its publishing. Thank you Maura and everyone else at Businessweek!

Announcing the TRAP House Website!

The TRAP House team is launching our website! This project has been in the works for some time and it’s finally ready!

Our website was built by a wonderful team of designers, developers, and project managers at IMPACT Branding & Design in Wallingford, CT. Each year, they hold a competition called the Make-An-IMPACT Website Project. The team at IMPACT selects a Connecticut-based social good organization and designs a website for the winner free-of-charge. This year, TRAP House won! The IMPACT team worked hard to design a site that was sleek and that would help meet our goals as an organization. 

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8 Things We Learned from TRAP House Boot Camp

The TRAP House team just wrapped up our final boot camp class for the summer, and you’re probably wondering how it went.

Well, we learned a lot. As did our clients. The curriculum seemed to work well for the goals we were trying to achieve, and boot camp complemented the incubation services we were providing to our TRAP Stars. However, as with any pilot program, there were many ups and downs, and there were lessons learned in every moment along the way.

Here are just a few of the things that we learned from hosting a summer entrepreneurial boot camp:

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Here’s how our Summer of Success is going.

If you take a look at this post you can read all about the launch of our Summer Program. We hosted a Startup Day competition where future entrepreneurs came in and pitched their business ideas, and refined these ideas with our team of mentors. At the conclusion of the competition, we decided to select 3 winners from the competition, who became TRAP Stars for the summer. These individuals would receive full-time foundational incubation services throughout the summer.

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We Hosted a Startup Day Competition.

As the summer months approached, TRAP House was still just getting started. The team was just finishing up riding a wave of early fundraising and publicity. Our CEO, Bashaun Brown, was interviewed by the Hartford Courant in May and around that same time, TRAP House won Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2016 Seed Grant. However, this all occurred before TRAP House began formally engaging with its target community. Come June, it was time for us to start testing our New Hustle Philosophy.

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Bashaun Interviewed for Entrepreneurs ♥ Greater Hartford

eh-logo-e1445877623919Our co-founder, Bashaun Brown, was interviewed for a collaborative blog series between reSET and Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE) called Entrepreneurs Heart Greater Hartford. Here is the post on reSET’s website:

Entrepreneurs Heart Greater Hartford – TRAP House

According to the post, the series “examines how entrepreneurs have chosen their work, and provides examples of the ways in which they are having an impact in Hartford.” See the post for the full text of the interview with Bashaun.

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TRAP House Wins Seed Grant from Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

wesOne of the first believers in our vision was Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE). The center run by Makaela Kingsley proves invaluable in opening networks and providing mentorship for the TRAP House team. In March, TRAP House won a $5,000 seed grant from the PCSE. Here is the Wesleyan blog post about it:

2016 Patricelli Center Seed Grant Winners Announced

The wonderful people at Wesleyan were kind enough to highlight our work again after the Hartford Courant feature was published:

Wesleyan’s TRAP House Business Incubator Working in Hartford’s North End

The Hartford Courant Talks TRAP House

hartfordcourantIn many ways, this is the feature that started it all. In May, the Hartford Courant published a feature on the founding of TRAP House:

Ex-Inmate’s Venture Aims To Help North End Drug Dealers Use Business Skills For Good, Not Ill

Read the post to learn about our Co-Founder Bashaun Brown’s experience at Cheshire correctional, his studies at the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, and how TRAP House came to acquire $30,000 in seed capital.

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