• Impact U

ImpactU Summer 2016 Class

  • Houston Downes

    Houston Downes

  • Matt Walker

    Matt Walker

  • Julius Hatcher IV

    Julius Hatcher IV

  • Alex Wenger

    Alex Wenger

  • Yoshi Tsuji

    Yoshi Tsuji

  • Anne Steptoe

    Anne Steptoe

  • Khalia Braswell

    Khalia Braswell

  • Dwight Johnson Jr.

    Dwight Johnson Jr.

    Wise Money
  • Kyle Porte

    Kyle Porte

    Phil Pies
  • Marcus Ryan

    Marcus Ryan

    Phil Pies


ImpactU is an intensive summer experience specifically designed for college-age entrepreneurs with promising business ideas. Meet a rich network of mentors and coaches while participating in a fast-paced program of hands-on business development and market testing to move your product or service from prototype to launch.

What We’re Looking For

College-age entrepreneurs with innovative, viable ideas or prototypes who want to launch or scale a startup. We are interested in all business models and sectors, but have unique assets to support startups focused on: gigabit infrastructure, civic tech, financial tech, renewable and alternative energy, and healthcare.

What You Can Expect

  • Dedicated co-working space in Hygge
  • An experienced mentor with broad experience in business development and growth
  • An extensive network of professionals and industry experts in legal, accounting, financial, marketing, web design, commercialization, sales, and HR
  • Workshops and special sessions in market validation, leadership, sales and distribution, managing a triple bottom line, finance strategies, and more
  • Housing close to uptown Charlotte, one of the fastest growing urban centers in the country with a vibrant cultural and social scene
  • An investor-ready Demo Day pitch and slide deck that you present to the entrepreneurial community

QCF Sponsors

Queen City Forward thanks all of its sponsors for helping make Charlotte a center for Social Entrepreneurship, empowering local entrepreneurs to create world-changing solutions.