Meaningful Disruption


Zero Model NOVA is a for-profit business incubator that exists to promote the innovative potential of formerly incarcerated people as they pursue goals of employment, entrepreneurship, and independence.

Zero Model NOVA is the first extended location of Zero Model Pittsburgh - An incubator founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 2013. Since inception, Zero Model has created over 150 jobs, launched 13 businesses, and is now ready to launch in cities across the East Coast. 

"In the context of community and economic development, Zero Model NOVA is a community transformation vehicle. As an organization, we understand the barriers that women and men face upon re-entering their communities post-incarceration; we understand the power of a living-wage and gainful employment. By providing the resources, tools, structure, and environment that spur creativity and innovation, we not only empower our entrepreneurs and staff, but also positively impact our community."

Katie Leonard
Founding Partner - Zero Model NOVA