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City Startup Labs

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Year Founded:
2014
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Henry Rock
Main Address:
9319 Robert D Snyder Rd
Suite 204D
Charlotte, NC 28223
City Startup Labs
9319 Robert D Snyder Rd, Suite 204D
charlotte, NC 28223

What We Do

City Startup Labs (CSL), a Charlotte, NC-based nonprofit, is closing the entrepreneurial divide, where under-represented populations of African American millennials, as well as returning citizens (the formerly incarcerated) are not adequately participating in startup activity and business building. CSL creates this new class of entrepreneurs through its Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurial Competency, Leadership and Innovation (CoE), by providing a robust, accelerated, progressive and disciplined approach to developing entrepreneurial talent, new venture creation and deployment.

Since 2014, Since 2014 CSL has been the preeminent accelerator in Charlotte for aspiring African American millennial entrepreneurs. In 2018-19 it piloted the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP). The goal has been to not only provide business-ready skills for launching new ventures, but to also to help improve the participant's ability to become better innovators, problem-solvers and leaders within the community more broadly.

Interesting Info

Through 6 cohorts, 108 started, 68 graduated, 56 pitched, 48 incubated and 19 are revenue positive.
Over 90% of CSL participants say helped them be better employees.
REEP is helping returning citizens become solopreneurs with a business-in-a-box.

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