Since our launch in 2012, Queen City Forward (QCF) has supported over 40 social entrepreneurs working to create sustainable solutions to some of Charlotte’s greatest challenges in areas such as Health & Wellness, Education, Workforce Development and Green Energy Solutions. To build on this work, we created the Impact 3, Impact U and Innovation Challenge Accelerator Programs focused on building triple bottom line companies in the Charlotte Region. The competitive program provides an exceptional business development experience for high-growth, high-impact social entrepreneurs designed to accelerate entrepreneurial growth, and contribute to our region’s innovation economy.

Entrepreneurs are challenged to scale their business solutions by leveraging the services and programs of Queen City Forward and the resources and connections of our partner organizations. The program includes a 12-week curriculum of workshops, mentoring, connections and resources to assist in building sustainable and scalable business models. The program culminates in a pitch or demo day where ventures demonstrate and showcase their social business model, their projected growth and impact.