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Innovation Hub

Social Innovation Challenge

The Community Foundation of West Texas exists to improve the quality of life for all people in West Texas through the development of organized philanthropy.
The mission of Open Door is to cultivate community, opportunity, and restoration with people experiencing poverty and homelessness.
University Outreach and Engagement as established to provide innovative, collaborative, and strategic leadership and support for the university's strategic priority of engagement with communities across the region, state, nation, and the world.
Since 1946, Lubbock Area United Way has worked to address the root issues of the most significant challenges facing our South Plains communities to create lasting, positive change.
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
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Applications Open on August 1st, 2022!

Calling all entrepreneurs and innovators with new venture ideas that create change and make a social impact. The selected venture will be a part of the TTU Accelerator Program and receive $25K, mentorship, and access to co-working space to help them develop into thriving, sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact!

What is a Social Innovation?

A novel solution to a social problem that is more efficient and sustainable for which the value created supports society as a whole.

Who Should Apply?

Entrepreneurs with new venture ideas or existing non-profits or for-profits who are creating new innovative ways to solve a social issue.

How Do I Apply?

First Step:

Upload Requirements:

  1. Resume of Founder/ Executive Director/ Innovator
  2. One-page executive summary
  3. Business plan
  4. Pitch Deck 
  5. 60-second pitch video
  6. 3 Letters of recommendation

Download business plan template, executive summary, and pitch deck templates to help guide you as you prepare your application. 

Second Step:
  • Attend the Social Innovation Challenge Hub Camp Workshop on Friday, January 28th, 2022 from 3pm-5pm to help guide you to submit a competitive application. 
Third Step:
  • Submit application by February 28th, 2022.  
  • Schedule a meeting with a Hub mentor early to help guide you prior to submitting your application. 

Taysha Williams, Managing Director