A Decade of Transformation and the Visionary Path Ahead

by H.E. Thompson Jr. | Apr 5, 2024 | CLT Blog In the vibrant tapestry of entrepreneurship and social impact, few stories resonate as profoundly as that of City Startup Labs (CSL) and its ten-year journey of fostering a new class of entrepreneurs and value-added employees. At the heart of this remarkable narrative is Henry Rock, a visionary whose foresight […]

Issa Hall

Issa Hall, CSL Board Member

Issa Hall is a lawyer and founding partner of Hall & Dixon, PLLC, a law firm based in Charlotte, NC. With over a decade of experience, Issa has established himself as a litigator specializing in criminal defense and personal injury cases.   In addition to his legal expertise, Issa is also the founder of JRZY, a […]

Craig Selimotic Danforth

Craig Selimotic Danforth

Craig Selimotic Danforth is a seasoned Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, bringing over two decades of comprehensive experience and unwavering dedication to guiding clients through the complexities that accompany prosperity. Grounded in a genuine curiosity that fuels his daily journey, Craig is committed to providing a holistic view and an […]

E. Alan Crawford II

E. Alan Crawford, a native of High Point, North Carolina now residing in the Greater Charlotte area, spent 6 years serving his country in the Unites States Navy. Earning his Bachelor’s in Business from the University of California at San Diego. Shortly after separating from the military, Alan found himself tempted by the lure of […]

City Startup Labs is Moving Offices for Extended Reach and New Workforce Readiness Opportunities

City Startup Labs is Moving Offices for Extended Reach and New Workforce Readiness Opportunities The Organization Aims to Drive More Socio-economic Mobility Among Justice-Involved Individuals and Black Tech Founders

The Organization Aims to Drive More Socio-economic Mobility Among Justice-Impacted Individuals and Black Tech Founders Media contact: AzaniaHerron aherron@zajapr.com 980-272-1804 CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 31, 2024–Today, City Startup Labs, a nonprofit organization that addresses social economic mobility through leading-edge skills training, hands-on instruction, support and mentorship, career building and community engagement, announces the move of its […]

REEP 2022/23

The latest cohort of City Startup Labs’ ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) just recently completed two legs of their entrepreneurial journey, which started back in late August 2022. REEP implemented the post-pilot model of LEARN/EARN/BUILD in 2021 and the final leg (BUILD) is where they begin to apply what they learned over the past nine months.  […]

Pushing Through Loss: Tiffany White shares her story | REEP

REEP participant Tiffany White speaks about her experience of losing her son to gun violence and the impact it had on her life, including a run-in with the law. She shares how she found redemption through the program, which helped her develop emotional intelligence and start a job as a digital navigator. Thanks to the […]

Suzanne Fetscher

Suzanne Fetscher is a visionary not-for-profit Executive Director and strategic consultant with more than 25 years of experience in creating innovative and relevant partnerships between artist-in-residency programs and communities. An artist herself, Suzanne aligns her creativity, curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit to support artists in their ability to succeed and grow audience connections that are meaningful […]

Joel Ford

Joel Ford, TRAClient Executive   Joel joined the Sentinel team in 2022 as a Client Executive and is responsible for the oversight, management, and implementation of all strategies as they relate to the management and servicing of an account.   Originally from Belmont, NC, Joel is a former North Carolina State Senator who represented Mecklenburg […]


EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Megan Van Fleet has served as the Executive Assistant at City Startup Labs since 2015. A native of Virginia, Megan graduated from the University of Virginia, and has previously worked in education, the financial services industry, and with small business operations.   Megan and her husband Jim relocated to Charlotte in 2008, where […]