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.  […]

REEP NEWS – SPRING

City Startup Labs’ ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), with the support of an NC Idea BEC Ecosystem grant, has been able to move ahead with the planned launch of the training of a new cohort of returning citizens and justice-involved individuals. The training, slated to begin May 17th, will be based on a new model informed […]

FROM BITS TO BITES

Chris Ward went from working in information technology to running a company that’s carved out a niche in the breakfast food market. Watch this StoryNow video as Chris (CSL- Class of 2018-19) shares his palate-pleasing entrepreneurial journey: https://citystartuplabs.com//wp-content/uploads/2020/03/City-Startup-Labs-__-Chris-Story-1.mp4

CITY STARTUP LABS PROGRAM EVALUATION OF “WHAT WORKS” – CLASS OF 2017

The following is an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the City Startup Labs Program Evaluation of “What Works” for the Class of 2017 (from Sept 2017 to March 2018). The entire assessment was prepared by Madison Multicultural Educational Solutions, LLC (led by Jordan Starck – CSL Class of 2014). The purpose of this study is to determine whether the approach/method […]

HOW TO EMPOWER YOUNG BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

Caroline Lester | June 16, 2017InnovationHub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | WGBH Radio https://soundcloud.com/innovationhub/a-rock-solid-business-plan?utm_source=clipboard&utm_campaign=wtshare&utm_medium=widget&utm_content=https%253A%252F%252Fsoundcloud.com%252Finnovationhub%252Fa-rock-solid-business-plan Credit: HAMZA BUTT / Flickr Creative Commons   Back in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson commissioned a report on the state of race in America. The Warren Commission’s ensuing statement: our nation was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white — […]

BLACK MEN ON ROAD TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

By WorkingNation Editorial Team | March 15, 2017     YOUNG, BLACK AND GIFTED As more jobs are automated, globalized, or require more education than they once did, a bet that has always been considered very risky—creating your own job by starting a business—is starting to look like a safer path to a secure future.   Henry […]

SOLVING A SOCIAL PROBLEM THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CHARLOTTE

Hilary BurnsBanking, Finance and Entrepreneurship ReporterCharlotte Business Journal@CBJBurns   Henry Rock believes teaching young black men about entrepreneurship could help Charlotte’s social-mobility problem.   Rock is the executive director of City Startup Labs, a program focused on helping black male millennials see their potential and learn what it takes to launch a company — or to […]

CITY STARTUP LABS TAPS UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP IN CHARLOTTE

 BY Sherrell Dorsey | APRIL 28, 2016 Henry Rock is determined to create more young black business owners in the Charlotte community, and ultimately the country. His organization, City Startup Labs, launched in early 2014 and has since graduated nearly 50 young entrepreneurs. Six months of training culminates in a formal pitch competition attended by early-stage seed investors, […]

EMPOWERING YOUNG BLACK MEN

ViewpointJULY 12, 2015 BY HENRY ROCK, Special to the Observer   Two years ago this month, Tajze Johnson (pronounced Taj) moved to Charlotte from Rochester, N.Y. Tajze had a keen vision for his future: get his degree in physical therapy and start a business – a personal shopping service for the aged. Little did he know […]

SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO JUMP START ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND JOB CREATION

Wall Street Journal | November 7, 2014   A few weeks ago, I wrote about a surprising paradox I’d just learned about at a conference: Entrepreneurship has never been easier, but entrepreneurship is on the decline. Innovation and entrepreneurship are hot subjects the world over. With the advent of inexpensive digital technologies and cloud-based services, it should be easier than ever to become […]