Launched in 2013, the United Way Social Innovation Accelerator is a mentor-driven social innovation fund and impact accelerator. The program invests seed funding and resources to support North Texas innovators whose organizations address issues of education, income and health.
In 2017, a collaboration with Accenture amplified the impact of the Social Innovation Accelerator by providing funding, technology and mentorship necessary for our Fellows to make impactful change.
It’s not always feasible for established non-profits to change course or divert resources to explore new initiatives. So the Social Innovation Accelerator enables new or existing organizations to apply for funding for groundbreaking ventures that put opportunity in the hands of all North Texans.
Recipients of funding may be both non-profit and for-profit organizations, intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial ventures. Seed funding is linked to the completion of program activities and milestones to ensure that impact can be made quickly.
Drawing on the strength of United Way and supporters from across the community, the Social Innovation Accelerator provides a three-pronged investment approach:
Seed funding to accelerate impact
Expert instruction and one-on-one mentoring to refine your plan
Leverages the United Way Network to increase visibility, connections and resources
The Social Innovation Accelerator looks for ideas that fill gaps in our community landscape. We find innovative ideas poised to better our community and supply them with the critical resources to bring those ideas to life.
Fellows are problem-solvers whose innovations will help strengthen education, income and health in our community. Our investment in these organizations provides wraparound support to help innovators refine their solutions to be more sustainable and impactful.