Zero Eight Three

profits & purpose 

Zero Eight Three is a traditional, for-profit incubator that works with innovative women and men to create and launch businesses.  Zero Eight Three leverages the ambition, drive, and talent of highly qualified individuals. Our entrepreneurs believe in second chances: They employ formerly incarcerated people, or are seeking a second chance themselves.  

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inform & inspire

Zero Eight Three works to reduce the stigma that follows those who have formerly been incarcerated. We collaborate with community members, business partners, and stakeholders to highlight the diverse talents, abilities, and potential of women and men re-entering our community.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Second chance employment

In 2014, Donta Bell was living in a halfway house and working seasonally as a pressure washer for PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. He had applied at fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and warehouses, but every door closed because he had served seven years for possession with intent to sell illegal drugs.  Read More

 

 
 

Advocacy

We collaborate with community members, business partners, and key stakeholders to highlight the diverse talents, abilities, and potential of women and men re-entering our community.   

 

action & accountability

Zero Eight Three is the first expansion of the Zero Model, modeling its practices on the successes of Zero Six Eight, the original incubator of this type founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2013. Since inception, the Zero Model has created over 150 jobs and launched 13 successful businesses.

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