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 


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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.


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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

Holly Eskridge

Board Chair

Mark Bruinooge

Board Member

Lindsey Haaser

Board Member

Al McMillian


Chris Buess

Board Member

Adel Nathani

Board Member

Walt Frye


Chris Elmore

Board Member

Denine Pezone

Board Member