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 - May 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.

    Byron Stanford
    Byron Stanford

    International storyteller and designer

    Byron Stanford

    Byron Stanford

    International storyteller and designer

    Byron is an international storyteller and designer with over 8 years of experience working with clients from around the world. He’s collaborated with multiple startup accelerators in Europe and the US and has helped companies with their design, pitch and communications. He has also had the opportunity of working with some of the world’s largest advertising agencies. In the past 8 years he’s worked on Presentation Design, Branding, Motion Graphics and Filmmaking for clients like Apple, Nike, Volvo, Coca-Cola, The Weather Channel, Atlanta Food Bank, and more.

    Byron grew up in Europe, studied in Japan and moved to the US in 2013 to work for R/GA in New York. Most recently he’s relocated to Denver to reconnect with his love for the outdoors and snowboarding.

    Nicole Glaros
    Nicole Glaros

    Partner, Techstars

    Nicole Glaros

    Nicole Glaros

    Partner, Techstars

    Nicole is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. While earning her masters degree at the University of Florida, Nicole co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry. It was there she developed her lifelong passion for supporting tech entrepreneurs.

    She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002, before accelerators existed.  She helped grow CTEK from 1 to 5 offices across the state, and was an early catalyst in developing the startup ecosystem in Colorado. Most recently, she is a Partner at Techstars – a global network and investor in early-stage web software startups. She’s been with the company since it’s earliest days, helping build the company around her and rising through from a Managing Director to Chief Innovation Officer and most recently, partner.  She has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with $265M in capital under management and a market cap of over $5B. Through Techstars she’s invested in over 90 startups, most of which she still supports to this day.

    In addition to her role at Techstars, she’s also on the board of PanaSimple Energy, the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Leeds Board of Alumni and Friends at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Previously she’s been on the boards of Owlet, the Application Developer’s Alliance, and Pledge1Percent Colorado,  She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the NewGuard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch and featured in the Denver Business Journal. She’s been featured on CNBCInc.com, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders@WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments, and many, many more.

    Nicole blends the strategic with the tactical and loves pushing her own limits and the limits of those around her. She’s been a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and boxer. She’s summited Mt. Rainer, is a NOLS graduate, has guided adventure travel trips, and knows enough about backcountry medicine to make her dangerous, She loves traveling to places radically different than home and mourns the spread of the western culture across the globe. She lives the mantra #GiveFirst and does one philanthropic thing every year, and is always looking for new ways to learn, grow, and help others.

    When not working with startups, you’ll find Nicole smothering her husband and two kids with kisses, or hiking, biking, skiing, reading, and lamenting how little time there is to do everything she loves.

    Rob Fleisher
    Rob Fleisher

    Director of School Partnerships, CommonLit

    Rob Fleisher

    Rob Fleisher

    Director of School Partnerships, CommonLit

    Rob Fleisher is the Director of School Partnerships at CommonLit. Rob joined CommonLit prior to the launch of CommonLit’s digital platform in the fall of 2016. Since then, CommonLit’s free ed-tech program has grown to serve 45,000 schools and 5 million students across the United States. Rob and his team work closely with schools and districts around the country to provide customized supports. Prior to joining CommonLit, Rob taught Special Education English Language Arts in Washington D.C. for 6 years and was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member.

    Abena Amoah
    Abena Amoah

    KEG Ad Council

    Abena Amoah

    Abena Amoah

    KEG Ad Council

    Amma Gyampo
    Amma Gyampo

    AmDeco

    Amma Gyampo

    Amma Gyampo

    AmDeco

    Bubune Sorkpor
    Bubune Sorkpor

    Lincoln Investment Advisers | Argon Captial

    Bubune Sorkpor

    Bubune Sorkpor

    Lincoln Investment Advisers | Argon Captial

    David Hutchful
    David Hutchful

    Bloom Impact

    David Hutchful

    David Hutchful

    Bloom Impact

    Dode Seidu
    Dode Seidu

    Frontier Marketing Advisors

    Dode Seidu

    Dode Seidu

    Frontier Marketing Advisors

    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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