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City Startup Labs (CSL)

Creating a New Class of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

aka City Startup Labs (CSL)   |   Charlotte, NC   |  www.citystartuplabs.org

Mission

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 by providing a robust, accelerated, progressive, culturally relevant and disciplined approach to developing entrepreneurial talent, new venture creation and deployment.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Henry C. Rock

Main address

8816 Cavonnier Lane

Charlotte, NC 28216 USA

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EIN

45-5028985

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP)

City Startup Labs' REEP provides a comprehensive and robust development of entrepreneurial talent and capacity over the course of a 6-month hybrid accelerator and incubator using the LEARN/EARN/BUILD model (LEB). LEB includes 16 weeks of business and professional core competencies, digital-tech services and entrepreneurial training; 10 weeks of Go-to-Market strategy and business model development, coaching and assessment; Business-in-a-Box [including kick-starter capital, back-office and business advisory services].

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

CSL, through BlkTech Interactive (BTI), also supports the development of Black tech talent through convenings and Black tech-led ventures through a startup studio.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of African descent

Where we work

Awards

TOP 22 CONSCIOUS BUSINESS LEADERS OF 2019 2019

Conscious Company Media

Power 100 2022

Charlotte Business Journal

Power 100 DEI 2023

Charlotte Business Journal

Financials

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City Startup Labs (CSL)

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Lyght

COO, Center for Urban Families

Henry Rock

City Startup Labs

Elizabeth Thomas-Hollier

Business Program Manager, Mecklenburg County

Brian Lyght

COO, Center for Urban Families

Nia Rock

Senior Community Banking Executive, Customers Bank

Robyn Massey

Retired IT Executive

Sondra Hine Yates

Work-Based Learning Manager, CPCC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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