Emerge Career is a gov-tech company designing hybrid job training programs for justice-involved individuals. In addition to the training, our program includes several wrap-around services, such as individualized customer support, data analytics, and a job placement platform.
In less than a year of existence, Emerge Career has been added to the eligible training provider list (ETPL) for Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, and Maine. We have also signed direct training contracts with the cities of San Diego (CA) and Hartford (CT).
Emerge Career’s early results encouraged the Connecticut legislature to pass SB334 allocating funding to us to serve the Connecticut prison population. Through its Department of Labor, the state is providing funds for Emerge to educate hundreds of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons. Our work has most recently been covered by NBC.
To date, 87% of Emerge's students have successfully graduated, and 100% have obtained employment paying on average $78K / year.
We are backed by 776 (Alexis Ohanian), the Softbank Opportunity Fund, Y Combinator, Michael Seibel, Lenny Rachitsky, Pioneer Fund, among others.
In 2020, Gabe and Zo co-founded Ameelio, an award-winning tech nonprofit that builds education and communication tools for prisons. While scaling Ameelio, they stumbled upon the issue of unemployment post-incarceration which Emerge Career seeks to address.
Zo holds a Masters degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, and JD-MBA from Yale Law and Yale School of Management. He is a 2022 MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 recipient.
Gabriel Saruhashi holds a Computer Science and Psychology degree from Yale. He has worked at Facebook and Zippi. He is a 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 lister in the Social Impact category.
They were both recognized by Fast Company as two of the Most Creative People in Business in 2021.
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