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Social Innovation

Social innovation means finding new solutions to social problems that are more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than current solutions. This creative, inclusive approach to improving our community is at the heart of the work we do at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
Our social innovation programs identify, develop and advance nonprofit and for-profit social ventures that deliver never-before-seen solutions to North Texas’ most urgent challenges in education, income and health.

Social Innovation Lab

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Social Innovation Lab encourages the creation of bold new solutions for issues of education, income and health in North Texas. The programs provide entrepreneurs with the critical resources—funding, mentorship and community connections—to accelerate the growth and stability of their innovative ventures, specific to their distinct stage of growth.


million dollars

in funding, training and mentoring provided to fellows since 2013


North Texas social entrepreneurs

have completed the Accelerator and Incubator programs since 2013



forged by fellows since 2013

Innovation Challenges

Through our first social innovation challenge, we identified, elevated and activated creative, technology-forward solutions for increasing access to preventive pediatric care and improving social/emotional wellness and mental health.


with game-changing health solutions


in prize funding to activate these technology tools across North Texas
major hospital
in North Texas was involved, driving innovation through collaboration

Invest in Social Innovation at United Way

When you invest in United Way, you create lasting change right here in our community. The money raised here stays here to improve access to education, income and health so all North Texans can thrive.

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