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City Startup Labs


UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis programming has been placed on hold. If you have an interest in this opportunity, please let us know and we'll contact you after things return to normal.

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. 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; and pursue BUILDing a self-employed gig, a startup, or a 21st Century tech career.

CSL is seeking persons interested in working either as mentors or business coaches with individuals and teams. REEP will run for six months, from April through the end of September 2020. Mentors will work with the participants throughout that period and coaches will be brought onboard later on - when the program reaches the final phases 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 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 in April, and if you are mentoring, that you be available for the start of the session on April 4th & 5th at 9AM.

One other opportunity is specifically working on digital/computer literacy, making sure that the participants are up to speed with basic computer skills and internet access.

Contact us about becoming a mentor, visit https://citystartuplabs.com/reep-mentorcoach-contact-form/

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About City Startup Labs


PORTAL, 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd. / Suite 252, Charlotte, NC 28223, US

Mission Statement

City Startup Labs' primary focus is to teach entrepreneurship and innovation to returning citizens or formerly incarcerated as well as African American millennials and reimagines them as a new class of entrepreneurs and innovators.


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

The CoE accepts up to 25 students, for a 16+ week startup accelerator, where they learn about researching, planning and launching a new venture. Following the accelerator, the participants have the opportunity to craft and pitch the vision for their business. Selected ventures will be incubated for up to six months in a lean-startup laboratory (the "labs" of City Startup Labs). Financial counseling and micro-finance are available to qualified graduates.

Computers & Technology
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We'll work with your schedule.


9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd.PORTAL BuildingCharlotte, 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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