United Way Social Innovation Accelerator uses several criteria to evaluate applications for our accelerator program, to assess the strength of the applicants and their organizations and ideas. Here are the main components of assessment:
Resilience & Leadership — Applicant has demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles and demonstrated leadership potential.
Competence – Applicant has the capacity and competency to be successful.
Coachability – Applicant actively welcomes feedback and responds positively to coaching.
Ability to attract resources — Applicant is a “resource magnet,” capable of attracting money, people and other resources to the cause.
Passion & Commitment — Applicant exhibits strong passion and commitment for the impact area in which they plan to work, as well as personal integrity.
Organization and idea:
Innovation — Organization is innovative and has a novel solution that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than current solutions.
Potential for big, bold impact — Organization has clear potential to make a measurable impact for the beneficiary population. Additionally, organization either has potential to affect systemic change (for example, policy change, societal change or influence in the field) or demonstrates potential to grow and replicate its impact.
Community Gaps – Organization has clear potential to deliver measurable outcomes addressing one of United Way’s key community gaps.
Sound business model — Organization has clear and compelling mission and objectives. Additionally, organization has well-thought out approaches to program development and delivery, measuring success, raising money, operational and financial plan, and other key factors that are critical to sustaining success.
Social Innovation Accelerator Alignment – Organization’s participation in SIA would significantly accelerate their growth and they would benefit from the financial capital, human capital, and social capital.