Nathan Mackenzie

Uncharted Food Access

“Why I think organizations like The GrowHaus — or entrepreneurs anywhere around the world — should connect with Uncharted is because it’s an opportunity to bring new ideas into what you’re doing, to rethink what you’re doing, and to do it with a team and community around you that you maybe didn’t know was there (or that wasn’t there) before you joined the program.”

Michelle Brown

Future Cities Accelerator

“In the three years since I founded CommonLit, I have participated in five accelerator programs. The Future Cities Accelerator Program is far and away the best accelerator in terms of getting us connected to the right people and resources that we need to bring our solution to scale.”

Ami Shah

Early Childhood Accelerator

“The most amazing thing about Uncharted is their network of socially-minded, super-powerful individuals who are really open to new ideas and willing to help.  It’s incredible to have them on your side, helping you navigate challenges and grow your business. They offer all the right things for any entrepreneur who taps into—and takes advantage of—this network. It’s game changing.”

To date, our global network of entrepreneurs has raised $252 million, earned $249.7 million, created impact in 96 countries, and employed 4,179 people. We crunch numbers like these once a year to make sure that our entrepreneurs are getting the support they need and continuing to move the needle.

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Rose Afriyie
Rose Afriyie

Connecting low-income Americans to important social services

Rose Afriyie

Rose Afriyie

Connecting low-income Americans to important social services

Rose Afriyie is co-founder and Executive Director of mRelief. The nonprofit has built an easy-to-use tool on web and SMS to connect low-income Americans to the most important social services, like food stamps. Her nonprofit mRelief has connected more than 150,000 families to social services. Before mRelief, she worked as a Marketing Associate for Google where she co-produced Oprah Winfrey’s first Google+ Hangout and President Obama’s annual State of the Union Hangout. She interned in the Domestic Policy Council of the White House during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. When she is not advocating for a world without hunger, she is cooking, reading literature, listening to hip hop and neo-soul and keeping in touch with her family and friends.

Mark Moore
Mark Moore

Tackling malnutrition through a ready-to-use therapeutic food

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Tackling malnutrition through a ready-to-use therapeutic food

Mark lived in rural Uganda for 10 years as a development worker and missionary before returning to the US to pursue his masters at Georgetown University. He was honored to be selected as a finalist in the prestigious White House Fellows program & holds a top secret clearance with the US government. He served as a Legislative Fellow in the US Senate and as an analyst for SAIC, Science Applications International Corporation. In Africa Mark started the Source Cafe, Uganda’s first Internet Cafe’s with a social purpose, and is proud it is now ranked by Lonely Planet as one of Eastern Uganda’s top destinations. Mark also founded the Kibo Group along with a group of 14 friends who climbed Kilimanjaro together and wanted to give back after the amazing experience. They committed to donating the cost of one climbing permit each year to a cause, an effort that 15 years later has drawn other donors into more than $250,000 a year in efforts that include tree planting, water wells & goat projects. Under Kibo, Mark started MANA which has attracted $12 million in investment and has feed nearly 300,000 malnourished kids in the last few years. He is married & he & his wife Marnie have 4 children.

Shivani Siroya
Shivani Siroya

Delivering fast, affordable access to credit

Shivani Siroya

Shivani Siroya

Delivering fast, affordable access to credit

While working as a consultant at the Earth Institute and UNFPA, Shivani helped to evaluate and scale microfinance and public health. She surveyed hundreds of clients on their quality of life, spending habits, and access health services. While working there, she witnessed first hand micro-credit’s success in helping alleviate the struggle of subsistence living by helping clients begin new businesses with new sources of income. However, she also realized how micro-credit had done little to expand these businesses beyond sole proprietorships or lift entire communities out of poverty. We needed to find a way for successful micro-businesses to grow beyond these early stages, hire more employees and reinvest in the growth and well-being of their communities.

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

Supporting literacy development for students in grades 3-12

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown

Supporting literacy development for students in grades 3-12

Michelle is the founder and CEO of CommonLit, an award-winning nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to improving adolescent literacy rates. Under Michelle’s leadership, CommonLit has become a robust free online reading program used in over 28,000 schools. Michelle holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from Butler University, and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an experienced classroom teacher who began her teaching career in a high poverty school in rural Mississippi through Teach for America.

Patrick Woodyard
Patrick Woodyard

Pushing the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction

Patrick Woodyard

Patrick Woodyard

Pushing the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction

As an undergrad, Patrick co-founded and managed multiple endeavors ranging from student organizations tackling racial reconciliation in Mississippi to an organization focused on orphan education and micro-business development in Uganda. These experiences coupled with separate degrees in Global Economics/Business and Spanish eventually led to a few years worth of development work in South America. As the CEO of Nisolo, he’s striving to scale market ACCESS for thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide.

Tom D'Eri
Tom D'Eri

Making autism a competitive employment advantage

Tom D'Eri

Tom D'Eri

Making autism a competitive employment advantage

Bio coming soon!

Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen

Building software for low-income Americans

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen

Building software for low-income Americans

Jimmy Chen is the founder and CEO of Propel. Propel builds Fresh EBT, a free smartphone app that enables food stamp recipients to manage their benefits, save money, and build their careers. Fresh EBT is used by over a million families across the country each month and has over 15,000 five-star reviews. Originally founded through the Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship @ Robin Hood Foundation, Propel has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine; their investors include Andreessen Horowitz, the Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant, and Nas.
Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. He has also worked at LinkedIn, Yahoo, and the World Bank. Jimmy has a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

 

Ayla Schlosser
Ayla Schlosser

Unlocking leadership potential of women and girls in East Africa

Ayla Schlosser

Ayla Schlosser

Unlocking leadership potential of women and girls in East Africa

Ayla is responsible for leading strategy, partnerships, program expansion, and curriculum innovation. She has a background in communications, community organizing, and leadership development. Along with her co-founder, she adapted proven community organizing tools to build capacity and leadership among underserved women in East Africa.

Prior to starting Resonate she was a Field Organizer and Program Manager at Groundswell in Washington, DC, where she led and managed the launch of a city-wide energy efficiency and financing program for low-income residents. She has also worked as a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement and facilitation. She brings these skills to her work at Resonate, leveraging the influential power of storytelling for positive change.

Ayla was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate and was named one of Conscious Company Magazine’s 17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Unreasonable Institute Global Fellow,  a 2016 recipient of the Cordes Fellowship, and represents Resonate as part of the 2017 GSBI Accelerator Program. Ayla serves as an International Grant Advisor for The Pollination Project, and as a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative.

 

Khalida Brohi
Khalida Brohi

Escaped assassination and launched a movement against honor killing

Khalida Brohi

Khalida Brohi

Escaped assassination and launched a movement against honor killing

Khalida Brohi is the founder and Executive Director of Sughar Empowerment Society, a non-profit social enterprise in Pakistan dedicated towards providing tribal and rural women opportunities to grow their skills as well as learn leadership skills in an environment of growth and development.

Khalida launched Sughar in 2009 naming it “Sughar” (Meaning Skilled and Confident Woman), declaring the word ought to be used for every single woman around Pakistan as each one of them has skills and confidence, these women only need opportunities to unleash that potential within themselves. Sughar hence offers a vast number of those opportunities including resources to launch and sustain rural women businesses.

With the successful take off of Sughar, Khalida plans for the next 10 years to change the lives of 1 million women in Pakistan. Khalida has been named among NewsWeeks 25 under 25 Women of Impact as well the 100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan by NewsWeek and Awarded Woman of Impact Award by Women in the World Foundation, Women Excellence Award by National Govt of Pakistan, Young Champion Award by University of Singapore and The Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award. Along with her roles as Social Entrepreneur and Activist, she is the sister of eight siblings and a practicing Sufi.

Dr. Gavin Armstrong
Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Providing people with iron to reduce anemia

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Providing people with iron to reduce anemia

Dr. Gavin Armstrong is committed impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish™, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency around the world using a simple health innovation. Through this role he was a Fulbright scholar at Auburn University and was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category in 2016.

A long term advocate and activist against hunger and malnutrition, Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the international Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. He has also helped Lucky Iron Fish win multiple Cannes Lion awards including the Grand Prix and several Clio Design Awards including the Grand Prix in health. He has also received a Silver Innovation Award from the Edison Foundation. In 2015 Conscious Company Magazine featured Gavin as one of the seventeen ‘Rising Social Entrepreneurs’ of the year. He is also the youngest recipient of the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Lewis Institute at Babson College.
Henry May
Henry May

Developing social and emotional skills in youth from all backgrounds

Henry May

Henry May

Developing social and emotional skills in youth from all backgrounds

Henry May is from the UK. He is based in Colombia where he is cofounder and CEO of coschool. He has been in Colombia since 2012 and set up coschool in late 2013 following his experiences as a high school teacher (Teach First) and teacher trainer in the UK and Colombia. He is also the founder of NGO The Huracan Foundation, a global initiative that supports teachers to use football projects to transform their communities.
Henry is an Uncharted fellow 2015, and coschool have won recognition locally (Ventures 2014) and internationally (Best for the World B Corp 2016, Agora 2017) for their work. They have impacted over 7500 students and 1000 teachers to date.
Toni Maraviglia
Toni Maraviglia

Used simple mobile technology to build an educational ecosystem

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia

Used simple mobile technology to build an educational ecosystem

Toni currently works for the predictive analytics company Uptake as a lead for their philanthropic vertical, beyond.uptake. She oversees the Data Fellows Program and the Student Union college matching tool for beyond.uptake. Prior to Uptake she co-founded a pan-African education technology company called Eneza Education, which currently serves over 2 million students across Africa. She also co-founded a program called WISERBridge in rural Kenya and was a Teach For America corps member.
Toni has been recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow, Bluhm Helmand Social Innovation Fellow, and one of EdWeek’s “People to Watch in Education.” She’s also an active mentor and supporter of the Uncharted network.
Mike Rios
Mike Rios

Changing behaviors by improving systems, services and programs

Mike Rios

Mike Rios

Changing behaviors by improving systems, services and programs

Formerly a creative adman, Mike grew up working with ad agencies in USA, England, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Italy. Past clients included Nike, Coca-Cola, Porsche, and United Colors of Benetton.

After selling a few too many beers, cigarettes, and products he didn’t believe in, he co-founded 17 Triggers to infuse creativity, marketing, and behavioral design into the development sector.

Want to see more on what makes me tick? Here it is wrapped up in a TEDx Talk.

Khalil Fuller
Khalil Fuller

Eliminating racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps

Khalil Fuller

Khalil Fuller

Eliminating racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps

Khalil Fuller is a young social entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change in education. Growing up through adversity in Los Angeles, he witnessed his best friends become disengaged from school, especially from math, and he vowed to do something about it.

His organization, NBA Math Hoops, makes math fun for youth and keeps them engaged and on-track. Khalil is on leave from Brown University where he is a QuestBridge Scholar double majoring in Education and Social Innovation.

Dan Rosen
Dan Rosen

Bringing clean, safe solar energy to homeowners across America

Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

Bringing clean, safe solar energy to homeowners across America

Dan is a clean energy entrepreneur working in Israel and rural native communities in the Southwest. He was recognized twice by Forbes as “30 under-30” for energy. He is the Co-Founder of Mosaic, which is a marketplace lender for home energy and the fastest growing lender in the rapidly growing residential solar space.

Jukay Hsu
Jukay Hsu

Increasing economic opportunity through technology

Jukay Hsu

Jukay Hsu

Increasing economic opportunity through technology

Jukay is the founder of C4Q, a social enterprise that increases economic opportunity through technology and is transforming the world’s most diverse community into a leading hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

After graduating from Harvard College, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal. Jukay led economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts, and founded the first private provincial radio station with Iraqi reporters. After military service, Jukay returned home and founded C4Q because of tech’s potential to empower people and communities. Jukay was honored to serve as the youngest member of Mayor de Blasio’s Transition Team and Jobs Task Force. He serves as a Trustee of the Queens Public Library as well as the Board of Directors of NYC & Company and the Stuyvesant H.S. Alumni Association.

Sanga Moses
Sanga Moses

Providing clean, inexpensive cooking energy

Sanga Moses

Sanga Moses

Providing clean, inexpensive cooking energy

Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses has a vision: to provide clean, inexpensive, cooking energy to all Africans while improving socioeconomic outcomes and reversing deforestation. In 2009, he quit his job in a top bank in Uganda to pursue his dream. He worked with engineering students to design kilns and briquetting machines that could turn food waste into fuel. Four years after he founded the social enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa, 2,500 farmers use his kilns, and each earns an average of $30 a month in extra income. His company has created a network of 460 women retailers who each earn about $150 a month from retailing his clean-cooking fuel. More than 19,167 Ugandan households or about 115,000 people now use his clean-cooking fuel on a daily basis and are able to save at least $200 a year in energy costs. Cleaner-burning green charcoal also reduces indoor air pollution, respiratory disease, and medical bills. Instead of spending hours gathering wood, girls can stay in school, and women can grow kitchen gardens or start businesses.

Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez

Promoting vermiculture as a sustainable livelihood

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez

Promoting vermiculture as a sustainable livelihood

As Maria ended a business administration & tourism career in Guatemala City, she received an environmental management course where they learned about the different opportunities there are to transform degradable waste. The only thing she heard was “worms.” It was love at first heard, my heart pounded strongly because she had found the answer to her prayers, a unique way to connect her true passions, nature and entrepreneurship. From that day on, all she became interested in was worms and how to develop a professional business plan inspired by vermiculture and vermicomposting to end rural poverty in Guatemala. To do so, she participated and won a national business plan incubator and in the following years met SiKanda, a unique organization with a shared vision to promote vermiculture as a sustainable livelihood. To tackle the needs of a whole region, Byoearth (Guatemala) and Sikanda (Oaxaca, Mexico) gave birth to Worms 4 Change.

Sheikh A. Turay
Sheikh A. Turay

Employing former child soldiers at rehabilitated cocoa farms

Sheikh A. Turay

Sheikh A. Turay

Employing former child soldiers at rehabilitated cocoa farms

Sheikh, a former refugee who spent 14 years in a UN refugee camp, is the founder of Liberation Chocolates Inc. He considers himself a cocoa and coffee merchant and a social entrepreneur driven to reduce poverty in Liberia, revive agriculture and create employment for former child soldiers and local communities. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and has previously worked as a schoolteacher, export agent and a commodity trader. He was also a 2012 Uncharted Fellow and was a beneficiary of the Social Capital Market (SOCAP) scholarship in 2012. Now he is the current Chairman of the Liberian Cocoa and Coffee Exporters Association, and a Liberian Business and Customs Consultant.

Rubayat Khan
Rubayat Khan

Upgrading pharmacies with a simple app

Rubayat Khan

Rubayat Khan

Upgrading pharmacies with a simple app

Rubayat Khan is a serial social entrepreneur and data scientist from Bangladesh deeply passionate about solving global problems using data and technology. Rubayat currently leads Jeeon, where he dreams of taking quality primary healthcare to the 4 billion rural people in the world. He is also co-founder and Director of mPower Social Enterprises, where he has created award-winning models for mobile health service delivery and poverty alleviation for large donors, multilateral organizations, NGOs and governments in several countries of Asia, Africa and Central America. He also advises and supports several technology-for-development startups in the UK, South Africa and Silicon Valley.

Rubayat completed his Masters in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, and received the prestigious Raymond Vernon Award for academic excellence, leadership and commitment to development. He is an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, an Uncharted Fellow, and a Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He is a geek at heart, and taught himself to code at the age of 8.

Mirta Desir
Mirta Desir

Supporting language learning at home and school

Mirta Desir

Mirta Desir

Supporting language learning at home and school

Mirta Desir is the CEO of Smart Coos, a web-based platform where children receive bilingual instruction and language assessment to support language learning—at home and school. Desir started her career in education and was the Founder and CEO of 1on1 Tutoring, an organization dedicated to serving low-income youths in New York.

Mirta holds a BA & BS  in Philosophy and in Communication from Syracuse University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Loyola University. She is fluent in Haitian Creole, American Sign Language and is proficient in French. She has received awards for humanitarian work with children and education, including from the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.
Roberto Rivera
Roberto Rivera

Connecting youth development to community development

Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera

Connecting youth development to community development

Rivera is an expert in connecting positive youth development to community development using culturally relevant methods. He has employed asset-based and social emotional learning principles for over ten years in community-based youth work in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He has most recently been named one of the “Top Young Change Agents in America” by the Search for Common Ground Coalition, and in 2012 became a fellow through the Unreasonable Institute for his social entrepreneurship skills.

Tricia Compas-Markman
Tricia Compas-Markman

Provided Ethiopians with clean water after natural disasters

Tricia Compas-Markman

Tricia Compas-Markman

Provided Ethiopians with clean water after natural disasters

Tricia Compas-Markman is founder and chief executive officer of DayOne Response, Inc. Tricia has a civil engineering background with 6-years’ experience working on water treatment technologies for developing countries, such as Thailand, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Tricia is co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag and her work has been recognized by President Clinton. She is an Unreasonable Institute fellow, recipient of the Junior Chamber International, Osaka Outstanding Young Person’s Award for social innovation, Creativity Foundation legacy prize winner, a North America Finalist for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, 2013 Engineers Without Borders Outstanding member, a Pipeline Fellow investee, and a 2014 “Mother of Invention”. Tricia received her BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Flaviano Bianchini
Flaviano Bianchini

Empowering communities dealing with environmental pollution

Flaviano Bianchini

Flaviano Bianchini

Empowering communities dealing with environmental pollution

Flaviano is an environmentalist and naturalist and 2012 Ashoka Fellow. He is specialized in Valorization and Management of Natural Resources and holds a Master Degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. For several years he has been dealing with violations of Human Rights and health damages related to the extractive industries, especially in Latin America.

His studies on the impact of extractive industries on environment and health have led to changes in the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Guatemala and the adoption of laws on the welfare for the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru.

From 2007 to 2009 he promoted a campaign on the impact of mining activity together with Amnesty International. He has been a candidate environmentalist of the year by the magazine The New Ecology in 2008, received the social worker prize from the San Carlos University of Guatemala in 2006, and won the Chatwin prize in 2012 for his book In Tibet un viaggio clandestino. In 2013 he was a candidate to the Human Rights Award by Global Change.