EWDD provided funding to support the recent launch of Reboot LA, an innovative, intensive web development and tech entrepreneurship program that will give 28 re-entry individuals an opportunity to launch their own tech companies.

City of Los Angeles residents that have a criminal record with a state, city or federal corrections or probation departments are eligible to apply. All services will be provided at no cost to the Reboot LA participants.


The incubator provides free technical and entrepreneurship incubation services and support to individuals with a criminal record, training them to become full-stack web developers with the skills to launch their own tech-consultancy companies. Reboot LA fellows will also learn how to source clients and create a digital portfolio.

The program is a partnership between the City and Sabio, a Los Angeles-based company that was established in 2013 with the mission of increasing the participation of women and people of color in the innovation economy.

"Similar to how rebooting a computer performs a reset, Reboot LA gives individuals with significant barriers, such as a criminal record, an opportunity to restart their lives" said Claudia Diaz, Reboot LA Program Director. "The employment opportunities for folks who were either formerly incarcerated or hold a criminal record are often limited, which poses a significant barrier to their advancement in life. Reboot LA bridges the justice-impacted community to a career in tech by providing them highly-demanded technical and entrepreneurial skills."

EWDD has provided Reboot LA approximately $424,154 in Community Development Block Grant funding. For more info, visit reboot.la.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 26, 2020. Read this issue and more.