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



What is Queen City Forward?

Entrepreneurs are creative, gutsy and forward thinking, and with all the tough challenges facing us right now, we need innovative, entrepreneurial ideas to meet our ever-growing societal demands. Queen City Forward provides a hub for entrepreneurs who have business ideas that address social needs and work to balance a triple-bottom-line of people, planet and profit. We encourage, enable and scale these social enterprises to build a robust cluster of innovation in the Charlotte region, helping to create our ideal economy. 

What does Social Entrepreneur mean?

Social entrepreneurs use innovative business approaches to address complex social, environmental and civic problems in ways that create sustainable, systemic change. Our community of social entrepreneurs creates revenue-generating social enterprises with an explicit focus on social impact and environmental sustainability – the triple-bottom line of people, planet and profit. Queen City Forward works across industries from banking to education, clean tech to software; in teams and alone; in non-profits and for-profits; in pursuit of economic vibrancy and social impact.

The Benefits of Social Enterprise

We believe that diversity breeds innovation and that a dynamic community of social entrepreneurs can create a better future for Charlotte, for North Carolina and for the world. We appreciate that social entrepreneurs can spark bold new ideas that tackle entrenched challenges, and champion the development of creative solutions. By sharing business resources, working space and ideas, we can decrease the barriers to launching social enterprises and greatly increase the chance for success for all social entrepreneurs.

Our Team

Amy Chiou

Tessa Cortes
Partner, Operations

Mikael Lindberg
Partner, Design

Board of Directors

Chair: Shay Prosser, CFO Money & Credit Guides
Vice Chair: Yanira Castro LPL Financial
Treasurer: Chris HornerCommunityOne Bank

Sheila Mullen: Blue Skies CLT
Kevin Garrison: Garrison & Reardon
Matt Potere: Bank of America
Al McMillian: McMillian Law, PLLC
Jay Bendis: Transfer Technology Consultants
Mark Bruinooge: Clearpath
Marcie Kelso: Kelso Communications