to unleash the potential of high growth, high impact social entrepreneurs in Charlotte to create social impact that spurs economic development, improves the lives of citizens, and drives a new model of sustainable growth.




QCF Spark! May 2017

Queen City Forward offers professional development, mentorship and coaching, community support and access to startup resources through membership programs and benefits 


100 Gardens.jpg

Queen City Forward accelerators are designed to develop and launch game-changing ideas that have the potential to disrupt systemic patterns and create positive social impact.


Civic Hack II.JPG

Queen City Forward events bring community stakeholders together for conversation, connection, and collaboration. Topics include innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact.

Our Team


Amy Chiou
Executive Director

Debbie Rubenstein
Community Engagement


Board of Directors

Jay Bendis

Board Member

Marcie Kelso

Board Member

Mark Bruinooge

Board Member

Al McMillian

Board Member

Holly Eskridge

Board Member

Sheila Mullen


Walt Frye


Shay Prosser

Board Chair