United Way of Tarrant County Teams With Entrepreneurial Groups For Social Innovation

KERNEL, United Way's social innovation fund, invites people to submit proposals for social change for a chance to pitch their ideas to community investors.


United Way of Tarrant County is working to spark solutions to social issues by encouraging community members and organizations to communicate their ideas via the startup pitch model. 

KERNEL, United Way’s new social innovation fund, invites individuals or groups to submit proposals for change in the areas of income, education, and health for an opportunity to pitch those ideas to community investors and turn their plans into actions. 

The organization recently announced partnerships with Tech Fort Worth and IDEA Works FW in which it will glean entrepreneurial program expertise from the groups.

“KERNEL represents a new way for the United Way of Tarrant County to support our community — through social innovation,” said TD Smyers, United Way of Tarrant County executive vice president and Chief Operations and Development Officer, in a release.” We want to ensure that the experience and processes put into place for KERNEL participants mirror the successful approach developed by TECH FW and IDEA Works FW!”

United Way has received 27 proposals, according to the release. Finalists will present their ideas during the KERNEL Pitch Event on Nov. 2 for a chance at grant funding. 

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