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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!

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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