• No, we use them interchangeably. Our programs are accelerators, but with a twist. Unlike most accelerators that are entrepreneur-centric, our accelerators are problem-centric. We put pressing world problems at the center and then mobilize entrepreneurs, corporations, mentors, funders, and partners to solve them.

  • Accelerators are bootcamps that equip the people best positioned to tackle an issue with the financial and human resources to make an impact. While no two accelerators are alike, most include 2-3 in-person bootcamps, spaced out over the course of 6-18 months, with ongoing remote support in between. During the in-person bootcamps, participants attend workshops from leading experts, engage with world-class mentors in one-on-one deep-dives, build relationships with funders and partners via pitch events and deep-dives, draft strategic plans, outreach campaigns, and financial models, and connect with a group of peers who are all united around tackling one problem. During the remote time in between bootcamps, participants check in regularly with mentors, receive in-house financial modeling help from the Uncharted team, and work towards hitting key metrics.


  • According to Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur should ignore most of the advice he or she hears. However, the best advice will come from those that have done what that entrepreneur aspires to do at the scale at which they aspire to do it. With our new model shift towards one that puts the problem in the center, we find the best mentors who are deeply committed to, and has expertise in, the problem your venture is looking to solve. While we choose some mentors before starting our recruitment and selection process, we’ll also recruit additional mentors after selecting the entrepreneurs. By spending time understanding an entrepreneur’s bright spots and their needs through diagnostic calls, we recruit additional mentors who have expertise where our selected ventures face challenges.

  • Yes. Our accelerators build coordinated movements of people — ventures, companies, foundations, governments, policy makers, funders, and more — who are all positioned to move the needle on a specific issue.

    Here is an example of an unconventional accelerator participant (not from us): In January of 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a 97-year old non-profit, enrolled in Y-Combinator, one of the country’s leading accelerators to reimagine how it would promote justice and civil liberties in the 21st century. Learn more here.

  • Absolutely! We want to put big dents in big problems, and are open to any route to get there.

  • For most of the programs we run, there is no cost to entrepreneurs who are selected to attend.

  • This number varies based on the specific program, but usually is around 10-15 ventures.

  • Great. Let’s take on a problem together! You can learn more here and reach out to the team. Let’s jump on the phone!

  • Yes, you can. We have helped launch accelerators around the world. Email Caitlin Ferguson, our Playbook Manager, for more details.