2018 United Way Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund Application
Grant Deadline: Friday June 29th at 4:00pm
Note: Late applications will not be accepted

For more information on the application or program, please contact Reanne Amadio, Manager of Community Investment with the United Way at reanne@unitedwaycso.com or at 250-860-2356 extension 106.

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Evaluation
Your application will be evaluated on the following criteria and considerations:

Social Impact: Demonstrate measurable ways you create change, solutions, and outcomes for a clearly articulated social issue. Demonstrate your local impact. Show how you can deliver a solution that works. Traction is essential. Demonstrate how your product or service is already (or very close to it) making a difference.

Sustainability: Demonstrate your ability to generate revenue (not grants and donations). Show your ability to consistently deliver the solution without exhausting financial and other resources. Improve sustainability compared to the current status quo.

Team: Ideas often fail because of poor leadership. Demonstrate a strong team, relevant experience, and supportive advisors and/or partners. Also consider the team outside of your organization and demonstrate how you collaborate with others.

Innovation: Demonstrate how you address an old problem in a new, effective way. Show how your solution works today, tomorrow, and in the future. Demonstrate the power of your innovation and demonstrate its scalable impact.

Presentation: Tell a clear story. Connect to the emotional side of your social issue as well as the rational side of a sustainable solution. Attach a pitch deck or storytelling deck to your submission. Download pitch deck template: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IEBDAFXuUmMVYSZkVXwPO27fApqc1QlG

The Pitch
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to “pitch” their idea to the Selection Panel members in person on Tuesday July 17th (times in the evening, to be confirmed). Please use the attached pitch deck as a reference. Applicants will have 10 minutes to deliver a short, concise pitch. The pitch could cover information relating to your social enterprise; who your customers are, the social impact of your enterprise and how you measure it, your partners, sustainability, what collaboration means to you, how you plan to generate revenue, what you have accomplished or relevant milestones, etc.

The evaluation of your pitch will form part of the overall evaluation of your application. Please note that you MUST be available to present to the Selection Panel on the evening of Tuesday July 17th.

Eligibility
All Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund applicants must:

-Be a registered charitable organization
-Already have some measurable traction or progress on an existing social enterprise (revenue, customers, partners, product or service built etc.)
-Be within the geographic boundaries of the United Way CSO ie. within the Central or South Okanagan
-Demonstrate sufficient resources, capacity and commitment to deliver the project for which they are applying
-Ensure the project addresses current social problems, challenges or issues

Please read through the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund Information, which provides details on eligibility, grant structure, program expectations and timeline: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KHhZyi1CwhlCX5q9pZ0tpmYaraJak7nh

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