• Dunkerque - September 2015

    Investment Preparedness

  • Dunkerque - September 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Prague - November 2016

    Investment Preparedness

  • Prague - June 2016, June 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Moscow - November 2016

    Investment Preparedness

  • Moscow - November 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Newport Beach, California - January 2019-July 2019

    Chipotle Aluminaries Project

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  • Boston - September 2015

    Investment Preparedness

  • Kiev - November 2015

    Business Model Validation

  • San Diego - May 2016, October 2016, April 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Denver - July 2018-March 2019

    Visible Connect

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  • Denver - June 2015

    Investment Preparedness

  • Boulder - May 2015

    Business Model Validation

  • Nashville - July 2017

    Investment Preparedness

  • Richmond - September 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • New York - May 2016

    Investment Preparedness

  • New York - April 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Madrid - June 2016, June 2017

    Investment Preparedness

  • Milan - October 2016, May 2017

    Investment Preparedness

  • Bishkek - June 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Dallas - September 2016, February 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Houston - June 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Istanbul - November 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Kabul - September 2016, February 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Miami - November 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Rabat - September 2015

    Business Model Validation

  • Islamabad - October 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Japan - November 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • New Delhi - September 2015

    Investment Preparedness

  • Kolkata - October 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • San Jose - October 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Mumbai - November 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Phnom Penh - June 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Cartagena - June 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Bangalore - June 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Quito - September 2015, July 2017

    Investment Preparedness

  • Freetown - November 2016, April 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Accra - August 2015

    Investment Preparedness

  • Lagos - June 2016

    Investment Preparedness

  • Kampala - April 2016

    Business Model Preparedness

  • Salvador - December 2015

    Investment Preparedness

  • Salvador - October 2016

    Business Model Validation

  • Asuncion - October 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Sao Paulo - November 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Durban - 2017

    Business Model Validation

  • Christchurch - November 2015

    Business Model Validation

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Management

Descriptions of team responsibilities and roles to communication tools and cultural practices.

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Logistics

Stay on track with easy-to-follow checklists for events, budgeting, fundraising, outreach, recruitment, and more.

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Financing

In order to make planning your budget as easy as possible, you'll receive a budget template and a how-to video.

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Marketing

Better manage your marketing presence and receive talking points, social media support, and press release help.

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Search and Selection

This includes ideal entrepreneur profiles, selection criteria, application and interview questions, and communication templates.

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Investment Preparedness

Our investment preparedness curriculum is designed to demystify the process and prepare entrepreneurs to take on funding.

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Resources for Every Step

Our hands-on resources include video-explanations, powerpoint decks, and worksheets—all of which helps make a lab come to life.

From those who’ve licensed the playbook

 
  • I was blown away...

    "I was blown away by the playbook. So many entrepreneurs feel they are in the dark and the playbook turned the lights on—being an important tool in democratizing access to funding knowledge and best practices. By utilizing the playbook, we were able to provide our community with the best resources and support to scale their venture and impact."

  • Was of immense help...

    "The Uncharted Curriculum was of immense help; it provided structure and the checklists helped us to know what we were doing. We felt very supported knowing it had been tested. "

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    "In general, I was really impressed with the Playbook—so hats off. It was amazing. Having the curriculum was great."

Frequently Asked Questions

  • It all started in 2014, when our team was dissatisfied with the small number of impact ventures we could support by just running programs ourselves. We were committed to accelerating hundreds more social ventures around the world, and we were eager to increase our rate of learning about the most effective ways to scale impact ventures, so we prepared to scale.

    In the following year, we created a Playbook with start-to-finish instructions on how to run a bite-size version of our program, called a Lab. We selected 10 teams globally to partner with initially, and worked with them to start accelerator programs in their own regions, supporting them from our headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

    Since 2015, the Labs movement has grown to support Labs in 40 locations around the globe, with intentions to run problem-specific programs in the future that include Lab Teams. We want to learn how to solve global issues at a rate faster than any of us could achieve by working alone, so are now licensing our curriculum out to give power away and get even more people involved.

  • The curriculum that Uncharted has developed didn’t come out of a textbook, but instead was developed through hours of testing on real-life entrepreneurs to determine the most effective approach for entrepreneurs to learn and apply the critical material needed to help them grow their venture.

    Our curriculum development team spent substantial time with industry experts to understand the concepts. Then they developed prototypes of the curriculum and tested it on entrepreneurs to get a sense of if they were on the right track. After testing it, the curriculum development team went back and refined the curriculum based on learnings before updating it into the form and structure you have before you. Every time we get feedback from users on what works and what doesn’t work regarding curriculum, we make updates and refine it. In this sense, developing curriculum is a team effort and is never finished, per se. But every time the curriculum is run, it gets better.

    We design the curriculum always with an eye towards the entrepreneur’s experience, we prioritize applied-learning over lecture so entrepreneurs can use workshop time to make progress on their venture (not just hear someone speak), and we’re as conscientious about the spacing and sequencing of curriculum as we are about the content itself, so entrepreneurs can encounter the curriculum they need when they need it.

  • The Business Model Validation Lab is designed to do one thing: provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate their venture’s business model.

    Entrepreneurs will:

    • Identify the foundational assumptions that underpin their venture
    • Design and run experiments to validation/invalidation those foundational assumptions
    • Meet with mentors to get feedback and develop next steps

    By the end of the Lab, entrepreneurs will have:

    • Learned a repeatable methodology for how to do customer discovery
    • Built 2-3 prototypes of a key element of their venture
    • Tested prototypes with real customers
    • Learned how to build and maintain mentor relationships
    • Met and received feedback from 6-10 world-class mentors per team
    • Conducted a break-even analysis of their business and identified the key cost and financial assumptions of their business
    • Built out a basic budget and financial model
    • Created a 6-month operating plan
  • The Investment Preparedness Lab is designed to do one thing: help entrepreneurs be more prepared to raise funding.

    Entrepreneurs will:

    • Understand the steps of the investment process and what is needed, in order to be prepared at each step
    • Diagnose where a venture is in preparedness for those steps, build a full plan for how to get ready, and actively work to get more prepared
    • Meet with actual funders to get feedback and practice building investor interest

    By the end of the Lab, entrepreneurs will have:

    • Learned what the fundraising process looks like from start to finish and the elements needed to succeed in raising funding
    • Diagnosed how prepared (or unprepared) they on these various elements of funding preparedness, giving them a snapshot of where they are
    • Actively worked on various elements to become more prepared to raise funding (for example: develop their financials, write a strategic plan, clarify their funding ask, develop their pitch materials)
    • Created a list of at least 30 potential funders and learned quick research and outreach techniques to find and connect with even more funders when they leave
    • Learned a methodology for how to build strong relationships with funders – relationships that get stronger over time which will help make their funding case stronger over time
    • Completed funding readiness “reality checks” with 4 – 5 real funders and received real and honest feedback on their investment preparedness
    • Designed a strategic plan to become funding ready and identified the tools to get there
    • Drastically increased their confidence level about leading an investor meeting which will lead to far more productive meetings with future potential funders
  • All over the world! Explore the map above to see all of the countries where our playbook curriculum has been implemented.

  • We view using the playbook as professors would use textbooks in their college courses. Once you license the playbook, you are free to pick and choose which workshops to use, modify some examples to fit the local context, and promote your program as “in partnership with Uncharted.”

    Our team will be available for support remotely but the playbook is fairly standalone and will give immense amounts of information.

  • We equate using the playbook to professors who would use textbooks in their college courses. Once you license the playbook, you are free to pick and choose which workshops to use, modify some examples to fit the local context, and promote your program as “in partnership with Uncharted.” However, we do ask you do not change the branding of the playbook and to give Uncharted full credit for the content in and of itself.

  • Starting in 2017, our team priorities shifted to focus our efforts more heavily on running larger and longer national and global programs with ventures at different stages. However, we still wanted to find a way to empower people to run their own accelerators, and found that by licensing our entire playbook and giving our power away, others could benefit just as well.