Rise Up, Get Started entrepreneurship competition

Rise Up, Get Started is Kansas City's first entrepreneurship competition for formerly incarcerated people. Join us the evening of Thursday, May 30, 7 PM at Plexpod Westport Commons to celebrate our first batch of entrepreneurs and to see which three will win a $1500 grant, with a live musical performance by KC hip hop artist Kemet the Phantom.

This celebration is free and the public is welcome. Bring your friends, it's going to be a special night.


Get ready to be inspired by our keynote speaker and successful second chance entrepreneur, Marcus Bullock. Watch his TedX talk now, "The Prison to Entrepreneurship Pipeline."


Following his 2004 release from prison, Marcus Bullock launched a construction business that grew to employ 18 people. Now, Marcus is the founder and CEO of Flikshop, a free app that enables incarcerated people to receive personalized postcards from their families.

Marcus also founded the Flikshop School of Business to teach currently incarcerated people how to use computer coding and software development to build a career. He is a graduate of Techstars and John Legend's #UnlockedFutures Accelerator.

The Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Celebration is sponsored by:

Do you want to become a sponsor and help catalyze Determination, Incorporated? Learn more here.

Want to submit an application and compete in the competition? Email kylejsmith@determinationincorporated.com for more info.

Want to help support the competition? Thank you! Read more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Thank you to our Reentry partners: Journey to New Life, Connections to Success, Second Chance, Good Samaritan Project, AdHoc Group Against Crime, KC Nova, Metro Lutheran Ministries, and The Help KC.

Entrepreneurship partners: Project UK, KCSourceLink, Porter House KC, H&R Block Business and Career Center at the KC Public Library, 1 Million Cups KC, Square One Small Business Services at Mid Continent Public Library, SCORE, Educational Opportunity Center at Metropolitan Community College, Artist INC.