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ORGANIZATION: City Startup Labs


City Startup Labs (CSL) is now offering returning citizens in Charlotte, NC the opportunity to develop and exercise their entrepreneurial capabilities with an initiative through its Center of Excellence - the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP). This project is designed to help participants develop the entrepreneurial mindset, attitude, and aptitude for success through three phases: Learn, Earn, and Build. Participants will LEARN exciting new skills in digital technology software and equipment + entrepreneurship; EARN the chance to get on-the-job training as an apprentice or continue developing their business idea; and BUILD a self-employed gig, a startup, or a 21st Century tech career.

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. Accountability Partners will work with the participants throughout the initial phase, and coaches will be brought on board later - when the program reaches the EARN phase of the program. 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.

More opportunities with City Startup Labs

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About City Startup Labs


PORTAL Building, 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd. / Suite 302, Charlotte, NC 28223, US

Mission Statement

City Startup Labs' primary focus is to teach entrepreneurship and innovation to returning citizens as well as African American millennials and to re-imagine them as a new class of entrepreneurs and innovators.


CSL conducts a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Entrepreneurial Competency, Innovation and Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

City Startup Labs’ 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.


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Computers & Technology, Justice & Legal, Race & Ethnicity


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Charlotte, NC 28223



  • 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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