Venture Fund Pitch Night

Discover the next great innovative programs that promise to transform the lives of people in need across Greater Boston and beyond!  United Way’s Venture Fund is presented by Aetna.

Pitch Night

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
5:30-8:00 PM
Boston Consulting Group
200 Pier Four Blvd, Boston, MA 02210



Over the past few months, more than 75 applicants have been narrowed to just 8 finalists — all selected with the help of more than 200 volunteer evaluators. Our finalists will now pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and vie for up to $75,000 in venture funding. 4 winners will be selected and announced the night of the event, so don’t miss it!

And the finalist are…

  • Cross Roads House plans to attack three causes of homelessness: eviction, lack of affordable housing, and lack of support for housing vouchers. They’ll pioneer a unique eviction prevention program that directly engages landlords, create a property tax credit that incentivizes housing construction, and work to reduce the stigma around housing those on housing vouchers or those just leaving shelter.
  • FamilyAid Boston aims to reduce homelessness by identifying students and families experiencing housing instability long before they reach a crisis point rather than working with them after the fact. Alongside Boston Public Schools, they’ll also develop a data system that will fuel collaboration and action toward removing a family’s housing instability before it progresses too far.
  • Family Independence Initiative will work to help people fulfill their basic needs and achieve financial stability by partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and the City of Boston. They’ll be taking direct feedback from struggling yet dedicated families as well, generating a pool of data that will inform services provided on the ground. Served families will also have access to the UpTogetherFund, a digital platform connecting them to others in their position, to shared resources and emergency funding, and more.
  • Lawrence CommunityWorks wants to create opportunities for struggling workers to achieve financial stability by transforming local manufacturing workplaces, shifting them into bilingual environments that can hire a Spanish-speaking workforce. They aim to close the unemployment gap by ensuring employees are ready for their jobs, ensuring employers can offer training and support, and that companies take active steps to engage in building a workforce on their own.
  • Our Neighbors’ Table wants everyone in Newburyport to have the means to achieve financial stability by bringing the entire city together to provide food security to children and families. Through strategic partnerships with organizations from city government, schools, healthcare programs, and others, this effort looks to raise awareness, increase screening and intervention, and ensure everyone has access to fresh, nutritious food.
  • The Home for Little Wanderers aims to help the young children of incarcerated parents prepare to enter school ready to learn by providing the social and emotional support they sorely need. Through a partnership with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the program will offer the services and wraparound supports an inmate’s family needs to keep their children from experiencing developmental delays.
  • Urban College of Boston will work to provide financial security for people without a postsecondary degree by creating an entirely new career path through a partnership with Tufts Medical Center. They’ll offer a brand new, one-year certificate program, and those enrolled in the program will achieve the credentials to be Clinical Research Coordinators and access entry-level opportunities in clinical research positions.
  • UTEC aims to provide proven-risk and criminally involved youth with the chance to succeed in school and in life by developing a first-of-its-kind street outreach training and professional development program. Designed specifically to meet their needs, this program offers these young people the chance to learn and grow personally and professionally, find economic stability, and give back to the community.

For more information about the Venture Fund, please click here or contact Ellen Dickenson at