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ORGANIZATION: City Startup Labs


City Startup Labs (CSL) through the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) or Restorative Pathways works directly with formerly incarcerated or justice-involved persons as they are transitioning through their return.

The Accountability Partner serves as a partner, in either initiative, in support of participants, with guided conversations, as they navigate the challenges encountered during their participation in CSL programming. Accountability Partners are a critical element in CSL’s efforts to help seed social capital.

The Business Coach serves as a trusted advisor as the REEP participants navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship, make informed decisions, and build a strong foundation for their business's success. They will assist the entrepreneur in applying the skills and principles learned during their training as they execute their business model and launch their new enterprise.

REEP is designed to help participants develop the entrepreneurial mindset, attitude, and aptitude for success through three phases: Learn, Build, and Deploy. Participants will LEARN exciting new skills in digital technology software and equipment + entrepreneurship; BUILD their business concept with a team of co-founders and a business coach; and DEPLOY the venture using resources gained through CSL and our community partners.

Restorative Pathways (RP) is a reentry workforce development program. CSL partners with a corporate employer to recruit, vet, and train justice-impacted individuals for entry into their workforce.

CSL is seeking persons interested in working either as accountability partners or business coaches with individuals and teams. REEP will run for 6 months, twice a year; RP runs several times throughout the year, for 5 weeks at a time.

There is not a specific location where you will conduct your mentoring or coaching, but we are looking for folks located in or near Charlotte only. We will require that you meet face to face (Zoom meetings also acceptable) with your charge at least once per month.

Prior work with this population isn’t required, however, we do require that you attend an orientation.

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About City Startup Labs


CPCC Central Campus Hall Building Office 206, PO Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235, US

Mission Statement

City Startup Labs strives to consistently deliver leading-edge entrepreneurial education and skills training to under-served, under-represented and otherwise marginalized populations resulting in new economic activity.


City Startup Labs (CSL) envisions a future where entrepreneurship can be a tool for social capital, innovation, new ventures, purpose-driven work, resilience, wealth creation, and restorative justice.

CSL's aspiring entrepreneurs begin with foundational work, then prepare for the rigorous endeavor they’re undertaking, learn startup fundamentals, and finally craft and test a viable business model.


Computers & Technology
Justice & Legal
Race & Ethnicity
Computers & Technology, Justice & Legal, Race & Ethnicity


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Multiple locations Charlotte, NC 28204



  • People Skills
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Development
  • Group Facilitation




  • Orientation or Training
  • Once per week. One session per month in person.

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