Why Apply?

We zero in on a big, persistent problem, and put it at the center of our universe. Then we build coordinated movements of entrepreneurs (that’s you!) around the problem, giving you what you need to attack it from all sides and drive big impact on big issues.

Our #1 priority is to ensure you are getting the support and care you need to courageously find possible answers to seemingly impossible problems. Head over to results to see how we’ve helped our ventures scale revenue and impact. 

 

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    Curriculum

    Our world-class curriculum has been used by ventures operating in 94 countries around the world

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    Connections

    Relationship-building is key to ensuring business success and scale. Get access to over 2,000 people in our network, including world-class mentors and curated investors

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    Clarity

    Rapid prototyping, financial modeling, and fundraising training are just a handful of skills you’ll gain to create a deeper understanding of how to scale your venture

Dive into our accelerator programs!

Explore our programs below and apply today.

  • Uncharted Food Access

    In partnership with the City of Denver, our goal is to increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-income neighborhoods across Denver.

    Dates
    Denver, August-December 2017

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    Future Cities Accelerator

    In partnership with Rockefeller Foundation, this program is supporting ten ventures working to solve the biggest problems our U.S. cities face.

    Dates
    Denver, February-October 2017

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    Kosmos Innovation Center Business Booster

    Developed by Kosmos Energy in partnership with Uncharted, this program works with Ghanaian agribusinesses—providing capacity building training to help them scale their business and achieve sustainability.

    Dates
    Ghana, November 2017- March 2018

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    Signature Program

    We are here to tackle problems—big ones. Help us figure out which problems to go after.

    Dates
    Coming soon, 2018

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    Global Labs

    We’ve selected and partnered with teams around the world to run 5-day accelerators called Labs. These programs support early-stage entrepreneurs locally, with the global support of Uncharted.

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    Early Childhood Accelerator

    This accelerator supports entrepreneurs developing innovative, scalable solutions to improve the lives of low-income children ages 0 to 5 in the U.S.

    Dates
    Denver, June 2016

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    Our Mentors

    Our world-class mentors are proven practitioners in specific issues. They play a critical part role in helping our entrepreneurs overcome major challenges when building their ventures.

    Grace Oliva
    Grace Oliva

    Associate, Colorado Impact Fund

    Grace Oliva

    Grace Oliva

    Associate, Colorado Impact Fund

    Grace joined Colorado Impact Fund as a Research Analyst and became an Associate in 2016. Previously, she was working in the oil and gas industry as a Data Analyst. After graduating from college, Grace lived abroad in Japan where she taught English at a private school and university.

    She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College in Massachusetts. She’s originally from Los Angeles, California and now lives in Denver, Colorado. In her free time Grace enjoys hiking, cycling, and snowboarding.

    Kerry Suddes
    Kerry Suddes

    Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

    Kerry Suddes

    Kerry Suddes

    Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

    Kerry started in the for-profit training world where she built and facilitated world-class teams programs for Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

    In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact team as Director of Live Experiences and Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations — including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations, and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures — through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

    In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all live experiences – Speaking, Boot Camps and Workshops.

    She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two-time Half Ironman finisher and known as Aunt Kiki to seven nieces and nephews. She is a YPO forum member and a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

     

    Kim Curtis
    Kim Curtis

    Founder, FoodFlip

    Kim Curtis

    Kim Curtis

    Founder, FoodFlip

    Kim Curtis is an entrepreneur, chef, and consultant.  With 20 years of experience in product development, Kim has helped launch 5 startups, consulted for most every vertical and size from startups to Fortune 100’s, spent 15 (long) years in financial technology, “intrapreneured” the Web Technology Team at Janus Capital Group, and even owned a cake company in the middle of everything.  As founder of FoodFlip, her mission is to change what healthy eating means. FoodFlip is bringing real, accurate research and tools for understanding the power of food to the 50+ million people with autoimmune conditions.  

    Venilde Jeronimo
    Venilde Jeronimo

    25+ years in strategic planning and capital raising

    Venilde Jeronimo

    Venilde Jeronimo

    25+ years in strategic planning and capital raising

    Venilde, originally from the Azores Islands, savors learning, traveling, and food. Based along the California coast in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Barbara, her writing focuses on the past, present, and future of food. She has 25+ years in strategic planning, capital raising, driving initiatives and impact for start-ups, and building relationships across borders and cultures for institutions of higher education. You can spot Venilde early mornings with her running shoes.

    Aarti Kotak
    Aarti Kotak

    Managing Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago

    Aarti Kotak

    Aarti Kotak

    Managing Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago

    Aarti Kotak currently serves as a Managing Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, promoting the comprehensive growth and well-being of the City and its neighborhoods. She previously served as Choice Neighborhoods Director and Associate Counsel at the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and managed a $30.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to redevelop and revitalize apartments in Chicago.

    Adam Schlegel
    Adam Schlegel

    Co-Founder, Snooze AM Eatery

    Adam Schlegel

    Adam Schlegel

    Co-Founder, Snooze AM Eatery

    Adam Schlegel has experience across multiple sectors and disciplines in entrepreneurship, management and socially conscious business practices. In 2006, Adam and his brother Jon founded Snooze AM Eatery, a consortium of breakfast and lunch restaurants throughout the Western US.  Adam currently sits on the Snooze Board of Directors and orchestrates the community and sustainability programs across this growing restaurant group. From 2013-15, he served as the Executive Director for EatDenver, a Denver based nonprofit focused on locally owned, developing the organization’s mission of education, community and advocacy before transitioning the Board President.

    Adam sits on the board of multiple sustainability and health based initiatives in Denver, including Denver Urban Gardens and the Colorado Pedals Project.  In addition, Adam works with a number of socially conscious businesses on food sourcing, procurement and enjoyment.  Past involvement includes Denver SEEDS, Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council, GreenPrint Denver, and a handful of NGO and other Boards.  Adam speaks locally and throughout Colorado on sustainable and triple bottom line management opportunities.

    A Denver native, husband to a dynamic partner Sarah, and father of their two boys, Adam spends more time than not playing with his boys, travelling any and everywhere, and whatever other hobby is the flavor of the week.

    Wendy Moschetti
    Wendy Moschetti

    Director of Food Systems, Live Well Colorado

    Wendy Moschetti

    Wendy Moschetti

    Director of Food Systems, Live Well Colorado

    As the director of food systems, Wendy leads the development and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access and food promotion.

    After moving to Colorado in 2005, Wendy researched healthy food access initiatives for the National Convergence Partnership while also serving as project coordinator for the “Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities” research project with the University of Colorado-Denver and Denver Urban Gardens. She joined the consulting firm Civic Results in 2007 to help staff the healthy schools and food access teams of the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission.  Wendy launched her own firm, WPM Consulting, in May 2009. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous organizations—including LiveWell Colorado, LiveWell communities across the state, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hunger Free Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment—to work on a variety of projects aimed at leveraging our food systems to improve equitable access to healthy foods.

    Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three young kids, trail running, camping, and reading fiction.

    Alan Lewis
    Alan Lewis

    Director at Natural Grocers

    Alan Lewis

    Alan Lewis

    Director at Natural Grocers

    Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 62-year-old health food store chain with over 140 stores in 20 states. Alan is active in several national trade and advocacy organizations. He sits on the board of the Organic and Natural Health Association and is executive editor of Local Food Shift magazine. He is speaker and panelist at many policy events, and presented a talk on the food system at TEDx Boulder in 2014. Long a student of political activism, his focus is on communicating with policy makers and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. He has started two successful companies and advised hundreds of others. A Colorado native, he has lived in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed an appreciation of ingredient supply chain challenges within different ecological, cultural, political and economic contexts.

    We asked: Describe the moment you stepped into uncharted territory. How did it feel? What happened?

    Vien Truong

    "Six of the ten places in the United States with the dirtiest air are in California. My family and I live in Oakland, a city ranked fourth on the list. Heavy smog and soot in the air has left my community riddled with poverty, expensive groceries, and sicker people. This was not the Oakland I envisioned growing up nor is it the future I wish for my kids."

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    Praful Shah

    "Reading newspapers in a small, one room library in an Indian village was my lens to the outside world. I read about opulence and abundance beyond my imagination and abject poverty with starving children. From immigrating to the United States for college, taking the first right job, and to my early retirement, there have been many trials, tribulations and triumphs—each requiring the courage to travel across uncharted territories. "

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    Mirta Desir

    "Like most Haitian-Americans, I heard about the earthquake in Haiti from family, followed by the words, "turn on the news." For the first 12 hours I watched, listened, and grieved. But I could only do that briefly, because grieving can be done after helping the living. "

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    Kago Kagichiri

    "Being the CTO was all about tools and Slack and as little communication with my team as was needed—we were automation nerds who enjoyed chatting about the things that excited us. I didn’t realize spending most of my time with non-techies would be such a pivotal learning experience. I assumed that I knew the team better than my cofounder and that it would be a breeze."

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    FuMing and Elaine

    "In childhood, we both dreamed of living on the other side of the world. So when we met, we quickly asked each other: "Would you live abroad?" Eventually, we promised ourselves we'd move upon marriage. After our wedding, we began working for the first Internet startups and "life happened"—five tech companies and three kids later, we lived in Silicon Valley."

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    Gavin Armstrong

    "It often seems there's a general consensus that “complex problems need complex solutions,” and in my opinion this school of thought is the reason why problems are getting worse. Simple ideas and innovations, like cooking with a special piece of iron, can have a profound global impact. Let me explain."

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    Ayla Schlosser

    "I grew up in a household with a strong feminist mother, a supportive father, and with the understanding that I could do anything I put my mind to. Yet at 20 years old, I was unable to recognize or admit to myself or others that I was in an abusive relationship. I was able to extricate myself from that relationship, but it changed my perception of strength and the origin of confidence."

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    Toni Maraviglia

    "About three weeks after first conceiving Eneza, I made a decision. Over my first meal of the day, a banana split at 5pm, I called up the top-ten business school where I was enrolled and told them I wanted to cancel my enrollment. When they asked me why, I responded, “I have an idea, and it can change the lives of half a billion children. It’s important.""

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