Henry Rock is Executive Director and Founder of City Startup Labs, a non-profit dedicated to stimulating and supporting entrepreneurial activity and innovation from within inner-city America. In January 2014, City Startup Labs launched its first initiative, in collaboration with the Urban League of Central Carolinas, an academy designed to provide accelerated entrepreneurial education for African-American male millennials. CSL is establishing a Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurial Competency, Innovation and Leadership in 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Rock has over two decades of experience in media sales, advertising and marketing, in addition to business development and strategic planning for small black-owned and operated businesses, including his own ventures. He was featured at a TEDx Talk in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2013, about re-imagining young black men as a new class of entrepreneurs. He’s studied economics at Rutgers University and marketing at the Keller Graduate School of Business Management.