Individuals, businesses, and communities faced their share of challenges in the last year. Dallas is no different. Beyond weathering the storm of COVID, issues have arisen that did not emerge overnight, but rather the result of decades of ignored social and economic challenges. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas aims to change the path of education, income, and health within northern Texas.
In a recent article published by Dallas News, United Way announced the expansion of their social innovation program, the United Way Social Innovation Accelerator in collaboration with Accenture. This program encourages out-of-the-box thinking and gives entrepreneurs key resources, including funding, mentorship, and community connections, to help their ventures.
Since the program began in 2013, Social Innovation Accelerator has invested nearly $5.3 million in funding, training, and mentoring for 54 North Texas social entrepreneurs. These startups have continued these efforts and raised an additional $28.4 million for Texas and beyond.
As the article states, “the success of the Social Innovation Accelerator is proof that social innovation can play a significant role in the overall success of North Texas. Over the next several months and years, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will expand the existing Accelerator and launch several initiatives that will enable it to support and partner with more organizations, engage with donors in new ways and create even greater impact throughout the region.”
Social innovation is the most forward way of thinking for large organizations focused on economic and social change. We are looking forward to what the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas does next and how their Social Innovation Accelerator will continue to lead the fight for impact.