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United Way of Tarrant County

Where New Ideas Are Planted, Solutions Grow


Since KERNEL participants may be entrepreneurs or new social innovators, they may need mentoring support from experts with experience and insight. Mentors will be advising and providing feedback and expertise on key areas including: business, law, accounting, leadership, marketing, social services, measurement, etc.

UWTC will publish a Request for Proposals in May. Mentors may volunteer to review proposals in September.

Mentors will work with finalists to prepare for the presentation event – the KERNEL Pitch Event in November. Finalists will present their plans and a panel of potential community investors will determine the top presenters. Mentors will continue work with the selected finalists providing ongoing coaching for up to a year, through October 2018.

UWTC will do our best to effectively use the KERNEL mentor’s time and talents by thoroughly assessing the KERNEL finalists’ needs and matching with mentor expertise and availability.


  • Notice of Intent Available Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Applicant Information Meeting Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Notice of Intent Due Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Application Deadline Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Finalist Announced Tuesday August 15, 2017
  • KERNEL LIVE! Pitch Event Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thank you for your interest in mentoring through KERNEL, our new Social Innovation Fund. Please stay tuned for mentoring information and updates coming soon!

Thank you.


David Frederick

Vice President, Marketing & Communications
United Way of Tarrant County

TD Smyers

Chief Development & Operations Officer
United Way of Tarrant County