Entrepreneurial Network Program

Enriching lives through education and entrepreneurship

Connecticut prison entrepreneurship program

The Entrepreneurial Network (ENet) is an 18‑credit business start-up certificate program dedicated to providing entrepreneurial education to underserved populations and those currently or formerly incarcerated. ENet aims to assist and educate a diverse range of students working to benefit from further financial independence. As a program of perseverance, ENet provides hope and a helping hand for those looking forward to their future success.

By providing students with an accessible and career-focused education, ENet helps develop essential business skills such as accounting, management, marketing, professional presentation, and positive community impact.

ENet is offered through the cooperation of Goodwin University and University of Bridgeport.

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The mission of ENet is to provide an entrepreneurial education to those who've been justice-involved. We’re focused on trying to provide something that will correlate to financial freedom, career advancement, independence, and generational wealth. Besides the connections I’m making with the students, I value playing a little part in providing some type of support for people. But perhaps the thing I value most is teaching super smart individuals who are passionate and committed to their futures.
Dr. Matt Connell, MBA

A go-to program for all things professional

At Goodwin, our personable faculty and staff proudly serve select individuals who seek certification for their small business start-ups. The ENet program offers coaching, mentorship, and a community of classmates and business contacts.

As you earn your certificate, you will connect to others with similar life experiences, partake in purposeful discussions and debates, and develop your skills in a safe space by sharing your insights and experiences.

Designed for self-employed individuals starting over and entrepreneurs in need of encouragement, ENet educates students new to networking. Whether you have inquiries about branding, financial independence, or other essential elements of business, the ENet program is ready to help.

A curriculum catered to your career

First semester

BUS 101 Introduction to Management 3
BUS 121 Personal Finance and Insurance 3
BUS 215 Marketing 3

Second semester

ACC 235 Accounting Information Systems 3
BUS 110 Business Law and Ethics 3
BUS 150 Small Business and Entrepreneurship 3

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Don’t let former obstacles get in the way of future opportunities. Let the ENet program help you navigate your journey with the tools and support you need to thrive. Contact Dr. Matt Connell, MBA at to learn more about Goodwin University’s ENet program today.