Zeroing in on problems
Uncharted is a social impact accelerator that builds coordinated movements of people to tackle problems from all angles. Unlike other accelerators that solely focus on growing companies, Uncharted zeroes in on a big, persistent problem, and identifies what’s fueling it. We then connect those working on the same problem and help them go to scale.
We coordinate the efforts of nonprofits, foundations, governments, corporations, and communities that are committed to tackling the same problem to drive towards shared goals.
Our approach is embedded in two hypotheses that leverage the DNA of an accelerator to show measurable impact around a specific social problem.
Accelerating ventures vertically that are tackling the same problem but from different angles will lead to more measurable progress against that problem than supporting ventures that are all tackling different problems.
We have run three programs with entrepreneurs who are all focused on tackling the same problem from different angles. Initial indications from the following programs show that by narrowing our selection criteria, we are able to 1) surround organizations with a more concentrated network of mentors and funders, 2) advance those ventures further than with a more diversified accelerator.
- Urban Poverty: We selected and helped scale organizations that are tackling urban poverty in U.S. cities
- Early Childhood Poverty: We selected and helped scale organizations that are working to break the cycle of poverty for children 0-5 years old
- Food Insecurity: We selected and helped scale organizations that are working to increase the access and consumption of healthy food into low-income neighborhoods.
In addition to growing ventures vertically, bringing ventures together to work together horizontally on the same problem will lead to problem-related impact outcomes.
We have started to convene the ventures and people best positioned to tackle a specific problem in one place to achieve specific impact metrics over a set period of time. Initial indications point to how this horizontal “collective impact” work can unify multiple organizations and funders behind one impact goal that wouldn’t be possible without the convening power of an organization like Uncharted.
- Food Insecurity: In 2017, we launched an initiative to convene a group of 3-5 organizations—all uniquely positioned to address food insecurity—and we’re helping them co-locate in one neighborhood and work together to reduce food insecurity over 2-4 years.