United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

The GroundFloor

The GroundFloorWe’re looking for social innovation. We’re ready to back social entrepreneurs.

Who are we?

The GroundFloor impact accelerator fund at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas invests in and supports innovative companies that place social impact at the heart of their business model. We are focused on investing in social enterprises that tackle the challenges facing North Texas and help us reach the community’s ten-year goals in the areas of education, income, and health.

Drawing on the strength of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and supporters from across the community, the GroundFloor provides a three-prong investment approach:

  • financial capital for seed and early-stage ventures;
  • human capital from our world class mentors representing leaders in the areas of entrepreneurship, academics, public policy and the social sector; and,
  • social capital through connecting our portfolio companies with resources from over 1000 corporate partners and over 80 service providers.

What is social innovation and who are social entrepreneurs?

Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and ways of working that meet social needs and strengthen our community. From breaking the cycle of poverty and improving college and career readiness, to expanding access to healthcare and promoting healthy lifestyles, social innovations improve our lives and strengthen our society. By providing financial capital, human capital, and social capital, the GroundFloor accelerates the growth and stability of enterprises responding to societal needs that traditional markets have insufficiently addressed.

Social entrepreneurs are people with innovative solutions to our community’s most pressing social problems. Are you ambitious and persistent about tackling major issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change? Social entrepreneurs don’t wait for government or business; they figure out what isn’t working and how to solve the problem, spread the solution and persuade the entire community to help them change the system.

Our Community goals

In 2009, a group of more than 150 community stakeholders, including content experts, corporate, nonprofit, education, and civic leaders, and longtime UWMD volunteers came together to develop a set of community goals to improve three key strategy areas: education, income and health. Through independent research, we have been researching our progress in these areas to make lasting change in North Texas. Read more about our ten-year goals here.

How can you help?

We’re looking for social innovations. We’re ready to back social entrepreneurs. If you have a great idea, know someone who does or want to get involved, please contact us, email getin@thegroundfloor.org or visit our website.

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