“This is by far the most engaging and effective mentor experience I’ve seen—and I mentor at some of the best-known tech incubators and accelerators such as Techstars, Seedcamp, and 500 Startups. The Uncharted team puts a strong emphasis on a) finding and selecting the right mentors and b) having them engage over a long period of time as opposed to the ‘mentor tourism’ so common with other accelerators.”

— Pascal Finette, VP of Programs at Singularity University

Meet a few of our mentors

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Director of Food Outreach at Kickstarter

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

Director of Food Outreach at Kickstarter

Michael is the Director of Food Outreach at Kickstarter, where he’s been helping bring creative projects to life since 2012. In supporting Kickstarter’s diverse community of food and drink creators — who range from restauranteurs, to brewers, designers, farmers, entrepreneurs, and beyond — Michael acts like a coach: helping them plan, tell their stories, and connect with their communities effectively. He previously led strategy for Kickstarter’s partners, including cultural organizations like the Smithsonian Institution, Creative Time, Museum of the Moving Image, and more.

Prior to joining Kickstarter, Michael consulted for independent food industry entrepreneurs, and hosted Brooklyn-based events for the benefit of organizations like Food Bank for NYC and City Harvest. He’s delighted to work for a Public Benefit Corporation like Kickstarter, where he gets to spend his time creating a more vibrant and sustainable world.

Ime Archibong
Ime Archibong

Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong

Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook

Ime is focused on unlocking new business opportunities and driving Facebook’s product strategy through product/platform integrations and global programs. In this role, Ime has supported a variety of Facebook initiatives, including the Developer Platform, Music and Video products, Messenger, Internet.org, and Facebook’s K-12 and CS Education efforts. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM. He started his career at IBM as a software engineer in the Systems and Technology Group, before doing a stint on the corporate strategy team, and eventually settling in business development. Ime holds a Bachelor¹s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Caitlin Leibert
Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Caitlin Leibert

Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

As Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Caitlin is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s sustainability vision and strategy in more than 2,200 restaurants worldwide. From waste reduction to energy management, to water stewardship, Caitlin works to minimize Chipotle’s impact as a company and plays a key role in developing new practices.

Caitlin started her career at Chipotle in 2007 as a marketing strategist in northern Ohio and later went on to oversee marketing in New England before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2011 for her current role.

Caitlin received her BA in journalism from the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then went on to earn her Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2016. She is currently serving a two-year term on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council for the City of Denver.

Paul Polak
Paul Polak

Helped lift 20M people out of poverty

Paul Polak

Paul Polak

Helped lift 20M people out of poverty

Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, two corporations that will serve as a platform for the formation of new frontier multinationals. Dr. Polak is starting these new social ventures with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.

The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day.

The first division of Paul Polak Enterprises is SunWater, a company that is lowering the cost of photovoltaics by 80% in order to develop a solar pumping system that is competitive with 5 hp diesel pumps of which there are about 20 million currently used in India alone.

Prior to founding Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.

Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science, he was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008. His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic. In 2009, he was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers by Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.”

Dr. Polak’s first book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty. His second book, The Business Solution to Poverty, published in 2013 with co-author, Mal Warwick has been adopted as a leading guide to profitable solutions to ending poverty on a truly large scale. Bill Clinton called The Business Solution to Poverty “one of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time.”

Tom Chi
Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom Chi

Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom has worked in a wide range of disciplines from astrophysical research to F500 consulting to developing new hardware and software (web & client) products and services. He’s worked on large projects of global scale (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).

Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and data-driven design that has allowed him to both get new things off the ground and move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. Tom describes this rapid innovation process to create the earliest iterations of Google Glass in this TEDx talkhere.

Sarah Kauss
Sarah Kauss

Founder and CEO of S'well

Sarah Kauss

Sarah Kauss

Founder and CEO of S'well

Sarah Kauss is the founder and CEO of S’well — creator of the original fashion hydration accessory. Launched in 2010, she married her passion for fashion, hydration and philanthropy to disrupt the reusable bottle industry and transform the on-the-go, drinking experience. Sarah has been recognized as a Fortune’s “40 Under 40” honoree and EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman, while S’well has been named #1 Fastest-Growing, Women-Led Company by The Women Presidents’ Organization and honored with the Brand Design award by Inc. magazine.

As an entrepreneur and advocate, Sarah is building a global lifestyle brand that gives back. She currently sits on the UNICEF USA New York Regional Board and is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Prior to starting S’well, Sarah was an international real estate developer and CPA. She earned a degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kimbal Musk
Kimbal Musk

Entrepreneur and Restaurateur

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk

Entrepreneur and Restaurateur

Kimbal Musk is an entrepreneur and restaurateur who has founded and advised several companies and non-profits including: The Kitchen, a restaurant company with restaurants in Boulder and Denver, CO; The Kitchen Community; Zip2 Corporation (acquired by Compaq Computer Corporation); PayPal, Inc. (acquired by eBay Inc.); Everdream Corporation (acquired by Dell Inc.); Tesla Motors, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX); OneRiot (acquired by Wal Mart Stores, Inc.) and SolarCity Corporation. After success in the technology business, Mr. Musk decided to pursue his passion for food and cooking and attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

His extensive experience with fast-growing and innovative companies as well as restaurants and other retail operations, and his experience on numerous boards of directors, are an asset to our Board. Mr. Musk is a member of the board of directors of Tesla Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSLA) as well as a number of privately-held companies and charitable organizations. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, and is a graduate of Queen’s Business School in Canada and the French Culinary Institute.

Sarah Hemminger
Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread

Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread

Sarah Hemminger co-founded Thread with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has thirteen years oexperience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in successfully completing high school and accessing higher education, as well as the potential for students and volunteers to change not only their own lives but also create a positive and lasting impact on those around them.

Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University for her work on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory.

She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering. Her research was published in the Journal of NeuroscienceJournal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex and she has lectured internationally on her work. She received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED. Sarah enjoys ice skating and teaching aerobics.

Blake Angelo
Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo

Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo is Denver’s first Manager of Food Systems Development. Located in the Office of Economic Development, Mr. Angelo is responsible for supporting food-related business and community development efforts across the city with a particular focus in supporting a balanced approach to healthy food access, mid-skills food job creation, and the expansion of local food businesses in target neighborhoods

Working closely with the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council (a mayor appointed commission), he managed the creation of Denver’s first strategic plan for food systems development: the Denver Food Plan. Born and raised in Denver, Angelo has a track record of supporting hundreds of food and farm-related businesses. He understands that strong food systems require strong food businesses and strong multidisciplinary partners.

Prior to this position, Angelo worked as a business and organizational development consultant, was the Director of the Beanstalk Foundation, and served as the first specialist in Urban Agriculture for Colorado State University Extension in Denver and Jefferson counties. He has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology.

David Kyle
David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world.

Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07.

Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK.

Robert Egger
Robert Egger

Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen

Robert Egger

Robert Egger

Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen

Robert is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which recovers locally sourced, cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care and older men and women returning from incarceration.

Founded in 2013, L.A. Kitchen is now located in a 20,000-square-foot, two–level processing kitchen, located in NE Los Angeles. L.A. Kitchen operates Strong Food, a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary that hires training program graduates and competes for food service contracts, with an emphasis on opportunities to serve healthy senior meals. L.A. Kitchen’s founding partner is the AARP Foundation, which gave its first million-dollar grant to help establish the model.

Robert pioneered this model during his 24-year tenure as the president of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen,” where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel its nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. Since opening in 1989, the kitchen (which is a $12-million-a-year, self-sustaining social enterprise) has produced over 35 million meals and helped 1,500 men and women gain full-time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue-generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in over 57 colleges or high school kitchens.

In addition, Robert founded CForward, an advocacy organization that promoted the economic role that nonprofits play in every community.

In Washington DC, Robert was the founding chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. He was also the co-convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.

Currently, Robert serves on the boards of:

  • Kitchens for Good (San Diego)
  • Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen
  • #HashTagLunchBag

Robert’s book on the nonprofit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding for All, was released in 2004 by HarperCollins. It received the 2005 McAdam Book Award for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

L.A. Weekly named Robert one of its 2016 People of the Year, and in 2015, he was given the Conscious Leader of the Year award by Conscious Capitalism. He was included in The Non-Profit Times’ list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Robert has also been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light, a Food Hero by Food Tank, a REAL Food Innovator by the US Healthful Food Council and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America by the Caring Institute. He is also a 15-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.

Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise. He writes blogs and editorials to share his ideas about the nonprofit sector and the future of America.

Josh McClung
Josh McClung

Director of Cleantech Strategy & Investments at Cox Enterprises

Josh McClung

Josh McClung

Director of Cleantech Strategy & Investments at Cox Enterprises

Josh McClung is Director of Cleantech Strategy & Investments at Cox Enterprises. He is responsible for leading the exploration and development of a fourth vertical in Cleantech where he is focused on the water and food & agriculture sectors. The platform and ecosystem will be built through minority investments and acquisitions that solve the key challenges facing the world’s critical infrastructure, which also includes energy, next generation automotive technologies and advanced materials.

In Josh’s most recent role as Director of New Ventures at Cox Automotive, he was responsible for optimizing Cox Automotive’s assets to develop new internal ventures, execute minority investments in early stage companies and structure non-traditional strategic partnerships with the goal of delivering informed strategies on new growth areas and designing pathways to actionable outcomes.

Prior to that position, Josh has been an entrepreneur, private equity investor, investment banker and World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Chip Heath
Chip Heath

New York Times Bestselling Author

Chip Heath

Chip Heath

New York Times Bestselling Author

Chip Heath is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on business strategy and organizations. He is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan) of three books. The book, Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work came out in March 2013.

Their 2010 book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Their first book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, was a New York Times and Business Week bestseller, and was an Amazon Top 10 Business Book for 2007 for both editors and readers.

Chip has consulted with clients ranging from Google and Gap to The Nature Conservancy and the American Heart Association. His parents are just happy that their sons are playing well together.

Kerry Suddes
Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact

Kerry Suddes

Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact

Kerry started in the for-profit training world where she built and facilitated world-class teams programs for Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact team as Director of Live Experiences and Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations — including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations, and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures — through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all live experiences – Speaking, Boot Camps and Workshops.

She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two-time Half Ironman finisher and known as Aunt Kiki to seven nieces and nephews. She is a YPO forum member and a mentor at Uncharted. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

 

Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money to drive forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries. The Foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale.

The Rainer Arnhold Fellows program is an outgrowth of the Foundation, and works with the best emerging social entrepreneurs with solutions for the less-than-$2-a-day world. The Program uses a clear understanding of impact and behavior change as the raw material to drive a systematic process of design for maximum scalability (see www.rainerfellows.org).

Kevin’s stint in Cambodian refugee camps at age 19 propelled him on the path to his current work. He had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990’s. Since then, he’s gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. He still practices medicine (very) part-time.

Hunter Lovins
Hunter Lovins

Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet

Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins

Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet

Hunter educates senior decision-makers in business, government, & civil society on how to restore & enhance natural & human capital while increasing prosperity & quality of life. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), she co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years.

President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, she is a professor of business at Bard MBA. She works in more than 30 countries, has advised heads of state, CEO’s and NGO leaders around the world. Advisor to the Energy Minister of Afghanistan, she has worked on development issues in some of the world’s most challenging economies.

She has consulted for companies like Clif Bar, Wal-Mart, the Pentagon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. She has co-authored 14 books, including Natural Capitalism. An entrepreneur, she has started and sold companies, and is currently a partner in Principium, an impact investment firm created with Uncharted fellows, angels and mentors.

She is currently working with the King of Bhutan to reinvent the global economy.