LA Venture Podcast: Andrew Glazier on Defy Ventures' Prison Entrepreneurship Program

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Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+ Shift.com, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
LA Venture Podcast: Andrew Glazier on Defy Ventures' Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Andrew Glazier

Looking for inspiration? This is a must-listen podcast.

Andrew Glazier is the CEO of Defy Ventures and runs an incredible entrepreneurship program for incarcerated entrepreneurs.

His nonprofit runs a program and also a new fund that helps provide direction and support to entrepreneurs coming out of prison. Unlike many accelerators or venture funds, Defy goes really deep on the personal coaching and operates on the premise that being a successful entrepreneur is about building the right mindset of belief in one's self and courage.

"So much about what we do at Defy is about that narrative change and taking accountability for their past, thinking about who they want to be and what they're doing to transform and make creating a vision for their future," Glazier says.


The program runs nine months, 10-15 hours per week, and focuses on incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. At the end of it, the program sponsors a "Shark Tank-style" business pitch competition, featuring judges brought in from the business and startup community.

Part of the process is what Glazier calls "transforming hustle."

"Most people in prison that are in our program have been business owners before. It just wasn't likely a legal business." he says. "A lot of it is about contextualizing things they may already know how to do. And just saying, 'look, let's put some different language on that. Let's put some different frameworks around that. And now let's talk about something you want to do that is going to make a positive difference in your community'."

Click the playhead to hear the full interview, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts to hear more from L.A. Venture.

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