Queen City Forward is committed to accelerating game-changing ideas with exceptional and authentic social entrepreneurs. Participants are selected for their creativity, passion, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to social impact. Queen City Forward accelerators and coaching are designed to support the development of a startup, nonprofit, or prototype using lean startup principles, design thinking, and business strategy.

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Social Entrepreneur Coaching

Queen City Forward accepts social entrepreneurs and startup teams into our one-on-one coaching program on a rolling basis. Selected entrepreneurs and teams are matched with a coach and a mentor for a two-part program. Part I is a 6-week intensive program designed to accelerate an idea or startup. During Part I, teams meet with their coach and mentor weekly and complete assignments. Part II is a 10-month program to provide additional resources and support through monthly meetings and additional coaching sessions from Queen City Forward's network of experts. 

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Think Tank

The QCF Think Tank is a fast-paced, facilitated ideation session in which a team of innovative talent tackles a community challenge submitted by local nonprofits and community organizations. Our Think Tanks are the perfect introduction to the QCF approach. Together, we go from problem to possibilities in just 2 hours.