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.