United Way of Tarrant County – KERNEL
KERNEL, a program established in 2016 by the United Way of Tarrant County, is a pitch competition that fosters social innovation within Tarrant County and provides seed funding for organizations and programs that comprise a combination of social impact, a sustainable revenue model, and an innovative approach to solving the social challenges in our community.
KERNEL has the primary purpose of encouraging social innovation, connecting with community initiatives to nurture great ideas, and making significant changes in key community challenges. By working with a cross-sector of people, organizations, nonprofits, for-profits and entrepreneurs to solve problems, we believe KERNEL can uncover world-changing ideas.
KERNEL applications open annually in the late spring and close in July. We encourage all business types with a focus on Tarrant County Social Impact to apply to pitch.
Seed Funding Prizes
1st Place: $25,000
2nd Place: $15,000
3rd Place: $10,000
Additional in-kind prizes from community sponsors may include marketing, media, mentorship, office space, business training workshops, and other discounts, etc.
The application reviews your business plan, but this is a pitch competition and you will be required to present a three minute pitch. Judges will then have five minutes to ask you questions.
Events and Community Building
- Pitch Events
Financial Resources and Assistance
- Grant Funding
- Peer Mentoring