The Organization Aims to Drive More Socio-economic Mobility Among Justice-Impacted Individuals and Black Tech Founders
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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 offices to Central Piedmont Central Campus. The new location will help the organization to explore more opportunities to advance its entrepreneurial training and reentry workplace readiness programs. The move-in date is scheduled for the first of February.
Relocating to the central campus of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will position City Startup Labs (CSL) to engage new program participants and serve as another resource for the college’s Small Business Center. The organization is especially poised to work with college-aged students and adults who are seeking innovative pathways, alternative careers and entrepreneurial endeavors. Through the change of location, CSL aims to extend its reach to individuals who have been justice-impacted, foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among new and existing partners, and to support the college’s small business and workforce development efforts.
“This move for CSL will allow us to deepen our engagement with students who have been justice-impacted and are ready for a process that best prepares them to start a new business or career,” said Henry Rock, City Startup Labs founder and executive director. “I also deeply appreciate our Board Member Sondra Hines-Yates for connecting CSL to Central Piedmont, which helped make this move possible.”
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 centerpieces for the organization include its Restorative Pathways reentry workplace readiness initiative with “fair chance” employers, and the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) startup incubator. CSL was launched in 2014 in collaboration with the Urban League of Central Carolinas. It moved to the UNC Charlotte PORTAL building in the fall of 2015 and served as a University Business Partner until 2023. Learn more about City Startup Labs by visiting citystartuplabs.com.