Social Innovation Accelerator

The Social Innovation Accelerator, in collaboration with Accenture, invests human, social and financial capital in experimentation-, growth- and mature-stage organizations in the social innovation sector. Through the program, United Way enables social entrepreneurs to build capacity, scale and expand their ventures in order to drive impact in education, income and health in North Texas

At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, we recognize that getting a new social venture off the ground can be incredibly challenging. The Social Innovation Accelerator is just one of the ways we support social innovators, enabling new or existing nonprofit and for-profit organizations to access the resources and connections they need to scale their ventures and achieve success.

Results & Impact

  • 260,000+

    served by Accelerator fellows since 2013
  • $520,000

    in seed funding
    invested through the Accelerator and The Pitch annually
  • 1,500

    of mentoring and coaching provided to Accelerator fellows


served by Accelerator fellows since 2013


in seed funding
invested through the Accelerator and The Pitch annually


of mentoring and coaching provided to Accelerator fellows

Our Approach

Since 2013, this innovative program has enabled us to partner with local social entrepreneurs who are meeting unmet needs in the areas of education, income and health in our community. We identify innovative ideas that are poised to improve North Texas, and then we provide support in three key areas:

Financial Capital

Seed funding, which is linked to the completion of program milestones, ensures each organization can quickly grow its impact.

Human Capital

Expert instruction and personalized mentoring from local business experts empowers fellows to refine their business plans and create a roadmap for growth.

Social Capital

Access to United Way’s community connections and credibility allows fellows to increase their visibility and benefit from previously untapped resources.

Let’s Connect

The application for the 2024 cohort has closed.

Interested in learning more about our social innovation programs? Send us your contact information and we’ll be in touch.

Accelerator Alumni


  • AES Literacy Institute
  • Ark of Hope
  • BT Foundry
  • Combined Arms
  • Este2m Builders
  • FEED Oak Cliff
  • The Artist Outreach
  • Veritas Impact
  • Wesley Rankin Community Center
  • Yumlish


  • Agape Resource & Assistance Center
  • Connected Mind
  • Cornbread Hustle
  • Dwell with Dignity
  • Kimiya International Fight Club
  • The Concilio
  • The Welman Project
  • To Be Like Me
  • Trusted World


  • Better Block Foundation
  • Carson’s Village
  • EdCor Health
  • Habitat for Humanity of Collin County
  • Heart House
  • Kids-U
  • Southern Dallas Link
  • The Home Visit Partnerships
  • The Walls Project
  • Trey Athletes


  • Bold Idea
  • Hand to Hold
  • JUST Community
  • My Possibilities
  • Ntarupt (Healthy Futures of Texas)
  • Readers 2 Leaders
  • Rosa es Rojo
  • Student Success Agency
  • Tacky Box LLC
  • Yoga N Da Hood


  • Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
  • Bonton Farms
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Education Opens Doors
  • First3Years
  • Project Phoenix
  • ScholarShot
  • Skratch
  • Youth With Faces


  • Adaptive Training Foundation
  • Akola Project
  • Dallas Teacher Residency
  • Equal Heart
  • FARM
  • Principal Impact Collaborative
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul


  • SafeNight
  • 2nd Saturday
  • PCCI
  • Per Scholas
  • Upswing


  • LiftFund
  • Café Momentum
  • Spark 101

Our Mentors

  • Shawn Leamon
    Social Innovation Lab Committee Chair
  • Jim Adams
    Advisor to Family Offices and Families
  • Tolu Akinjayeju
  • George Baker
  • Laura Baldwin
    Golden Seeds
  • Michelle Bogan
    Equity at Work  
  • Kristina Carbonneau
    Santander Consumer USA  
  • Lane Conner
  • Steven Dennis
    SageBerry Consulting, Forbes  
  • Jamika Doakes
  • Jason Dyke
    Carson’s Village  
  • Gwen Echols
    Southwest Angel Investing Network, KERA  
  • Donna Epps
    Texas Pacific Land Trust  
  • David Evans
    Sentiero Ventures, Geode Software 
  • David Ezell
  • Renee George
    Board Member/ Community Volunteer
  • Rick Jackson
    ForgeRock, Bizaccelerator  
  • Kyle Kraft
  • Bob Kraut
    EDO, YEXT, Tiff’s Treats  
  • Michael Martin
    MM Solar Advisory 
  • Ty McAden
  • Murali Prabhakaran
  • Cory Ritthaler
  • Scott Schoenvogel
    ACAP Health
  • Van Sheets
    Board Member/ Advisor
  • William Smith
    PNC Bank
  • Michael Thomas
    My Possibilities 
  • Nick Vilmain
  • Amber Wagenknecht
  • John Watson
    BearCom (retired)  
  • Shan Zaidi
    VF Partners 

The Pitch

Each year, the Social Innovation Accelerator program culminates in The Pitch, our live competition where social entrepreneurs vie for game-changing funding in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.

The Social Innovation Accelerator is supported by:

  • Accenture    •  
  • AT&T   •  
  • PNC   •  
  • Santander   •  
  • The Eugene McDermott Foundation   •  
  • The Kleinert Family   •  
  • The Moozie Family Foundation   •  
  • Hoglund Foundation   •  
  • Toyota Motor North America    •  
  • Sara and Gary Ahr   •  
  • Capital One Bank   •  
  • Carol and Kevin March

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Lasting Change

Together, we can improve access to education, income and health so all North Texans can thrive.

Explore Our Other Programs

Social innovation is at the heart of the work we do 365 days a year. Our programs provide financial, human and social capital to help identify, develop and grow social ventures that are implementing new and innovative solutions to the most urgent challenges facing North Texas in education, income and health.

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