City Startup Labs Hosted a ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program Pitch Event as Part of its Restorative Justice and Career Development Efforts

City Startup Labs Hosted a ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program Pitch Event as Part of its Restorative Justice and Career Development Efforts

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Newly Minted Entrepreneurs Are Moving from Training to Launching Their New Business Ideas

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 12, 2024–Yesterday, City Startup Labs (CSL) hosted a 5.0 Pitch Event for its ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), a career development program that addresses challenges presented for justice-impacted individuals. Participants of the Pitch Event were a combination of business teams that have been formed and coached to showcase their learnings and present their new ventures. Guests and panelists learned about the growth experienced by each program participant, as well as the process undergone to build their new enterprise.

Through the REEP program, City Startup Labs offers 21st century career development skills to cohort participants for success in their entrepreneurial endeavors. CSL training covers cognitive, interpersonal, personal leadership and digital skill development for enterprising individuals seeking to improve their economic mobility. Participants of the REEP 5.0 Pitch Event have successfully completed the “LEARN” and “BUILD” phases of the REEP training and development. Following the pitch event, the budding entrepreneurs will “DEPLOY” or launch their new business ideas.

“City Startup Labs is really in the human-potential business, as we cultivate entrepreneurial talent and capacity among justice-impacted folks. This pitch event, the first for REEP, is a small glimpse of how we transition these budding entrepreneurs into business building.”

This REEP cohort and pitch event was made possible by Mecklenburg County, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Truist, Ally and the Mecklenburg County ABC Board.

CSL is reimagining entrepreneurship and redefining workforce development for formerly incarcerated individuals by cultivating their human and intellectual capital and potential for building businesses, and by developing an engaged, motivated and productive workforce for on-trend careers. The organization  addresses social economic mobility through leading-edge skills training, hands-on instruction, support and mentorship, career building and community engagement. Its two flagship programs include the Restorative Pathways reentry workplace readiness initiative with “fair chance” employers, and the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) startup incubator. Learn more about City Startup Labs by visiting citystartuplabs.com.

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