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"Empowering justice-involved, formerly incarcerated Black males with entrepreneurship and business education is the key to unlocking a future of justice, equality, and opportunity. By igniting the flames of hope and dreams within these individuals, we not only reduce recidivism but also illuminate the path towards economic empowerment and social justice, proving that every second chance can become a lasting success story." - Raymond "Muti'a" Powell, Interim Executive Director, Mumineen CDC


Introducing the Hustle & Build Program:
Catalyzing the business success of Marion County Residents and Justice-Involved African American men

Welcome to the Hustle & Build Program, where ambition meets opportunity. We are dedicated to transforming the lives of Marion County residents and in particular, African American men, aged 18 to 45, who have encountered challenges, such as justice involvement, by providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Our program is fueled by a mission to empower and uplift individuals who are ready to embrace a brighter future.

Program Purpose and Goals

Mumineen CDC's Hustle & Build program team believes in second chances and the power of entrepreneurship. The program's primary goals are:

  1. Catalyzation & Empowerment: We aim to empower African-American men by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to become successful entrepreneurs.

  2. Economic Mobility: We strive to break down barriers and promote economic mobility within underserved communities, fostering financial independence and stability.

  3. Community Building: We aim to create a tight-knit community of aspiring entrepreneurs who can learn from each other's experiences and support each other's growth.

  4. Reducing Recidivism: By providing justice-involved individuals with a pathway to legitimate self-employment, we contribute to the reduction of recidivism rates and the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals into society.


A pivotal facet of the "Hustle & Build" program encompasses demystifying the realms of venture capital and angel investment for its participants. Mumineen CDC fervently believes that exposing these individuals to the mechanics of external business funding is crucial for not only their entrepreneurial journey but also in broadening their horizons and steering them onto a path that veers away from recidivism and violence reduction.


The program intends to meticulously guide participants through the intricate processes of positioning their budding business models to be palatable for venture capital and angel investment, equipping them with the know-how to adeptly navigate conversational and negotiation arenas with Venture Capital firms and angel investors. By immersing them in a curriculum that includes real-world insights into investment strategies, pitch preparation, and understanding investor mindset, "Hustle & Build" aspires to unlock a world where opportunities for financial backing are not just a distant dream but a tangible reality for the emerging businesses of these dedicated individuals.


Mumineen CDC upholds that this vital exposure and skill-building in financial navigation is not merely a chapter in entrepreneurial education but a key to unlocking sustained business growth, fostering financial independence, and ultimately, contributing to a reduction in re-engagement with the justice system.


Program Sponsors

Hustle & Build is made possible through the generous support of our dedicated funders and partners. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the following organizations for their commitment to our mission:

  • Central Indiana Community Foundation: One of the United State's oldest community foundations, and organization deeply committed to strengthening our community by investing in programs that foster economic empowerment.

  • Reform Alliance: A national foundation dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship as a means to address economic disparities.

Applicant Criteria

Our program is designed to provide transformative opportunities to those who meet specific criteria. To be eligible for the Hustle & Build Program, applicants must:

  1. Be a resident of Marion County or identify as an African-American male resident of Marion County.

  2. Be between the ages of 18 and 45.

  3. Have a justice-involved and or system-impacted background.

  4. Possess a GED or High School Diploma.

  5. Be employed or have a source of income.

  6. Have a current business or a viable business idea they are passionate about.

  7. Be willing to dedicate 10 weeks to intensive training and development.


If you meet these criteria, you have the potential to embark on a life-changing journey with Hustle & Build. Our program is designed to provide you with the skills, mentorship, and resources needed to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life.

Join the Movement

Are you ready to rewrite your future? Hustle & Build is not just a program; it's a movement. Together, we can break down barriers, build stronger communities, and create success stories that inspire generations to come.


Join us on our mission to empower, uplift, and transform lives.

Program Application

The Hustle & Build application will open November 25, 2023.

Please check this page for program updates. 

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