Empowering entrepreneurs who identify as women and people of color to develop their social venture ideas here in North Texas.
For the second year running, the Social Innovation Incubator will focus on the historical opportunity and resource gaps to address systemic racial and gender inequities in the social innovation sector in North Texas
This incubation program will provide early-stage social ventures, all led and staffed by women and people of color, with organizational and leadership development skills. The selected entrepreneurs will work on implementing new creative solutions to the most pressing problems facing North Texans in the areas of education, income, and health.
last year's entrepreneurs' impact and development
July 15th, 2022
We’ll ask you a few questions to determine whether you’re eligible to apply in a 20 min application form.
If you have further questions regarding the Social Innovation Incubator 2022, we'll hold info sessions for you to know any additional details and solve your questions.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Bridge for Billions will review the applications and select the ventures to participate.
Bridge for Billions will invite you to participate in an information session to welcome you to the incubation program. In this space, we will cover the role of the participants, the role of your mentor, the use of the incubation platform that will help you work on your business, and much more!
You will take part in our matching process! You will have the opportunity to meet online with local volunteer mentors. Once you have met several of them, both you and the mentors will submit your rankings in order to let us know who you think will be the best fit for your project's needs. Based on the rankings, we will make the best mentor-mentee pairs and, afterwards, entrepreneur and mentor pairs will be formalized.
The Incubation Program, powered by Bridge for Billions, offers a gamified, step-by-step experience that allows you to validate your business model and develop your own executive summary (that you can later use to present in front of investors, other co-founders, etc.).
Thanks to Bridge for Billions’ methodology and platform you will test your business idea, while your mentor provides personalized support during the mentoring sessions, challenging your assumptions and offering a fresh perspective.
Not a cent! This is a free program provided by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
The more time you’re able to put in, the better the results. We’ve structured the program so that you should be able to complete all activities within 6-8 hours per week (including an hour-long video call with your mentor). Note that if you have a business partner, you can divide the work.
If you can’t commit to at least 6 hours per week for 3½ months, this may not be the program for you.
We advise you to have a laptop or desktop computer and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox. However, our platform is also suitable for cell phones.
Also, we expect you to have a stable and reliable internet connection for your work on the platform and to participate in the calls with your mentor and the rest of the program sessions.
Once accepted into the program, you’ll enter the Matching Phase, which lasts around 20-25 days. During that time, basic information about your project will be accessible to our community of mentors, who will invite you to initial meetings so you can get to know each other.
You can attend as many meetings as you want, but eventually you’ll have to choose your preferred mentor (they will also choose their preferred project to work with). And based on these preferences you will be matched with a mentor!
Your mentor is your guide throughout the program — someone who understands the intricacies of your business. Week after week, your mentor will help you validate your strategy and design your growth plan. Mentors support you within the platform and meet with you once a week (typically using video calls).
Yes! If you are working with business partners, you can all participate in the program. Only one representative from your team should apply. Once selected, you will be able to easily invite your teammates to join your project.
Your mentor will also sign a Mentorship Agreement that includes a confidentiality clause.
Submit a question or request an introductory call with Jasmine Hillman, the Program Manager for the Social Innovation Incubator.
If you are experiencing tech-related issues with your application, let us know and we will help you.
Sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more about the Social Innovation Incubator Program. These are the dates of the sessions:
May 31st 1-2 p.m.
June 7th 1-2 p.m.
June 14th 1-2 p.m.
June 21st 1-2 p.m.
June 28th 1-2 p.m.
July 5th 1-2 p.m.
July 12th 1-2 p.m