What’s inside

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Virtual workshops

Attend hands-on workshops focused on key areas of scale like strategy, leadership, finances, and systems.

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Curated mentorship

Engage with mentors committed to funneling their expertise and experience into the next generation of leaders.

Toppings and extras

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Financial architects

Work with a consultant to build out financial systems and models.

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Investment readiness

Prepare for investment through customized support and introductions to funders.

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Peer-to-peer collaboration

Access to a community of support and cohort-wide learnings between the ventures, mentors and other key partners in the program.

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Chipotle celebrity status

One free entrée at Chipotle every day for one year!

Mentors and Experts

Meet a sampling of the spectacular mentors and Chipotle experts who will participate in the project. As we get to know our selected ventures, we’ll bring in more mentors that can best support entrepreneurs through the unique opportunities and challenges they each face.

Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz

Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter & Founder of Mraz Family Farms

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz

Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter & Founder of Mraz Family Farms

Jason Mraz is a two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame Honoree, most famously known by his hits, “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up.” He sits on the board of the ASCAP Foundation as well as his own Jason Mraz Foundation, which serves to shine for inclusive arts education and the advancement of equality. Established in 2015, Mraz Family Farms is committed to peace in the world through organic regenerative agriculture, fair trade, and kind words.  He released his latest album, Look For The Good, in 2020.

Nicole West
Nicole West

Vice President Digital Strategy and Product at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Nicole West

Nicole West

Vice President Digital Strategy and Product at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Nicole West is the Vice President of Digital Strategy and Product at Chipotle Mexican Grill. As a proven leader with close to 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Nicole oversees the development and execution of Chipotle’s integrated ‘customer-first’ digital roadmap. In addition, Nicole is responsible for the products that bring Chipotle’s digital ecosystem to life including Chipotle.com, award-winning Chipotle App, and nearly 3,000 Digital Kitchens located inside Chipotle restaurants. Under Nicole’s leadership, Chipotle’s digital business has achieved significant growth reaching the $2.5 billion-dollar revenue milestone in 2020. During this time of rapid innovation, Nicole ensures Chipotle’s digital products connect consumers with the Chipotle brand driving exceptional user experiences, sales, convenience, and access. In March 2020, Nicole received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospitality Technology who recognized her dedication to the industry as an influential female executive at their ‘Top Women in Restaurant Technology’ awards. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geography and environmental studies and a Master of Public Administration and Environmental Policy degree from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Abi Ramanan
Abi Ramanan

Rapid Evaluation at Google X

Abi Ramanan

Abi Ramanan

Rapid Evaluation at Google X

A social entrepreneur, Abi co-founded Papi’s Pickles, a food social enterprise providing fresh and tasty Tamil food made by women from these communities who relocated to the UK during the civil war in Sri Lanka, and ImpactVision, an imaging and machine learning technology startup tackling post-harvest food loss. ImpactVision was acquired in February 2020, and Abi is currently working in Rapid Evaluation at Google X on new moonshots.

Jordan Hudson
Jordan Hudson

SVP, Strategy at Apeel

Jordan Hudson

Jordan Hudson

SVP, Strategy at Apeel

Jordan serves on the executive team at Apeel as SVP of Strategy and oversees the Corporate Development, Strategic Planning & Analysis, and Sustainability functions. Leveraging this functional expertise, Jordan works together with Apeel’s leadership and external partners to bring analytical insights and systems thinking to support decision making; maximize Apeel’s customer value and positive environmental impacts; and pave the way for new products and services to strengthen the Apeel platform and ensure a more sustainable food system.

Jordan’s background spans venture capital, corporate strategy, business development, and investment banking. Prior to joining Apeel, Jordan was a Principal at Upfront Ventures in Los Angeles, where he managed investment activities as well as operating initiatives. While at Upfront, Jordan worked closely with a broad range of early stage technology companies as an active investor and board member. His aim to support entrepreneurs creating innovative, sustainable solutions to large, systemic challenges ultimately led him to Apeel.

Jordan received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Finance and a minor in History.

Meriwether Hardie
Meriwether Hardie

COO, Bio-Logical Capital

Meriwether Hardie

Meriwether Hardie

COO, Bio-Logical Capital

Meriwether Hardie is the Chief Operating Officer at Bio-Logical Capital. She grew up on a farm in Vermont, and believes deeply in the importance of keeping working landscapes working. In her free time, she can be found somewhere in the mountains, at her pottery wheel, or leading outdoor education courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She currently sits on the Innovation Board of Colorado College, the board of National Public Radio, the Vermont Land Trust, and acts as an advisor to the Perennial Fund at MadAg.

Carlos Londono
Carlos Londono

Vice President and Head of Supply Chain for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Carlos Londono

Carlos Londono

Vice President and Head of Supply Chain for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Carlos Londono is currently Vice President and Head of Supply Chain for Chipotle Mexican Grill. In this role Carlos is responsible for all aspects of supply chain including direct and indirect procurement, logistics, planning and continuous improvement. 

Before Chipotle, Carlos was the global Vice President of Supply Chain for Owens-Illinois Inc. (O-I) headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio.  O-I is a $6 Billion global manufacturing company that specializes in glass container products for industries such as food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals.  It is the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers. O-I, its affiliates, or licensees make approximately one out of every two glass containers in the world. In his role at O-I, Carlos was responsible for optimizing Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain planning and execution for Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. This includes managing a complex array of products and customers in a global value chain.

Before O-I, Carlos led the Coffee, Tea, Food and Merchandising supply chain area for Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle.  While at Starbucks, Carlos led numerous improvement initiatives in the integrated value network and developed world-class supply chain capabilities for these business units.  Some examples include expanding the food business segment throughout North America while increasing coffee and tea distribution networks globally.  Carlos was instrumental in the integration of acquisitions like Tazo, Teavana, La Boulange and Evolution Fresh.  He developed the Starbucks consumer packaged goods supply chain in the U.S. and Canada and implemented the Integrated Business Planning Process.

Prior to his Starbucks role, Carlos led the integrated supply chain planning functions at Kraft Heinz Company and was responsible for developing their core supply chain capabilities and global strategy. 

Carlos received his industrial engineering degree from Universidad Eafit in Medellín, Colombia, and his MBA from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and German, and is making a noble attempt to learn Mandarin.  

David Kyle
David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David’s 40-year career has been almost evenly spent between commercial finance and a social enterprise path, both as an investor and as an entrepreneur. Along both paths, his focus has been on talent development, team building, and growing businesses. Previously, David worked for Citibank, filling in different roles around the world, finishing his career as a COO of the Latin American Investment Bank. Afterward, he transitioned into the social enterprise world, working with Save the Children, Acumen Fund and the Calvert Foundation. He was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company, a for-profit finance company that provides medium-term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families, which is now a flourishing nationwide business. In the US, he founded a non-profit called Impact Business Leaders, which focused on matching experienced business professionals looking for career change to full-time management roles with social enterprises. IBL succeeded in helping 119 business managers find new career paths with growing companies around the world.

Currently, he runs an advisory firm and teaches entrepreneurship at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. David has extensive experience with start-up companies, both leading them from scratch and advising other entrepreneurs on launching theirs. He has a major side-line, pro-bono activity mentoring start-ups and giving them the long-term management support they need. David went to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington DC and has three grown daughters who live in Cambridge, Alexandria, Virginia, and Denver respectively.

Laurie Schalow
Laurie Schalow

Chief Corporate Reputation Officer for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Laurie Schalow

Laurie Schalow

Chief Corporate Reputation Officer for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Laurie Schalow is a 20+ year Public Affairs veteran, starting her career with Yum! Brands in 1994 when she joined Taco Bell in California and served as the national spokesperson for 11 years. In 2005, Laurie joined sister brand, KFC, in Louisville, KY, where she created publicity plans for the Company’s core business, managed community relations initiatives, all internal and external communications and crisis management. In 2011, Laurie became Vice President of Public Affairs for Yum! Brands overseeing Global Corporate Social Responsibility, PR, Crisis Management, Social Listening and Community Diversity programs for the 44,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in 140 countries. 

In 2017, Laurie joined Chipotle Mexican Grill in Denver, CO as the first Chief Communications Officer. Currently, Laurie is the Chief Corporate Reputation Officer reporting to CEO, Brian Niccol. At Chipotle, Laurie oversees all internal and external communications, stakeholder engagement, sustainability, customer service, social listening, food safety and quality assurance for the brand’s 2,500 restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  

Laurie holds a B.S. Degree in Business from Miami University and received her Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve and Wayne State University. She is active in volunteer work and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Muhammad Ali Center. Laurie is also an advisory board member for Wine Country Women, serves on the National Restaurant Association Board, is a member of Forbes Communications Council and the International Women’s Forum.  

Haris Khan
Haris Khan

Senior Director of Restaurant Excellence for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Haris Khan

Haris Khan

Senior Director of Restaurant Excellence for Chipotle Mexican Grill

As the Senior Director of Restaurant Excellence for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Haris leads core functions within operations aimed at enabling consistency and growth across all Chipotle restaurants. Prior to joining Chipotle, Haris gained sound experience within the startup world having served as the Vice President of Operations for Thistle where he oversaw all facets of operations ranging from culinary, fulfillment, delivery, procurement and quality assurance.

Before Thistle, Haris was with Yum Brands (Taco Bell HQ) integrating and scaling digital initiatives, as well as launching new menu offerings. Prior to that he spent 6 years at Jack in the Box HQ where he led teams to streamline the product and equipment lifecycle process, introduced innovative equipment and reduced operational complexity within the restaurants through simplification efforts.

Nevielle Panthaky
Nevielle Panthaky

Vice President of Culinary for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Nevielle Panthaky

Nevielle Panthaky

Vice President of Culinary for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Nevielle Panthaky is Vice President of Culinary for Chipotle Mexican Grill. He is responsible for leading the culinary team and driving menu innovation at the Company. Nevielle brings a lifelong understanding, appreciation and passion for sustainable culinary to the iconic fast casual brand.

Nevielle joined Chipotle in September of 2018 and has since launched the award-winning diet-friendly Lifestyle Bowls, developed Queso Blanco, introduced the brand’s first premium steak, Carne Asada and added Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice to Chipotle menus nationwide. Under his direction, the brand is testing Smoked Brisket in select markets and rolled out a line of certified organic beverages from farmer-founded Tractor Beverage Co. in summer 2020.

Prior to joining Chipotle, Nevielle served as the Vice President of Culinary for DINE Brands Global and the Vice President of Culinary for PF Chang’s & Pei Wei Asian Diner. His extensive career experience includes Executive Chef roles at Swiss Chalet and Milestones in Canada; and Bengal Coast Restaurant in Dallas, where Nevielle’s food and creativity were recognized by The Dallas Observer. From working alongside Danny Meyer and Chef Floyd Cardoz in New York, to spending time at the Historical Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, Nevielle has experience working in kitchens across the country. His culinary influences aren’t limited to the United States, Nevielle brings global experience having spent time in Canada, England, India, the U.A.E., and Zambia. Nevielle attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, where he received a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and completed a fellowship in classical French cuisine at the Escoffier Restaurant. He is the proud recipient of several industry awards including the Salute to Excellence Award and the Francis Roth Leadership Award.

Vic Method
Vic Method

Director of Business Development at Fall Line Capital

Vic Method

Vic Method

Director of Business Development at Fall Line Capital

Victor Method Fall Line Capital, Director-Business Development responsible for developing relationships that support farmland acquisition, and overall improvement in land and crop productivity. Sales and marketing work in various industries from Fortune 500 companies to early stage start up businesses. Superpower? Not really any. Just do what is right, listen, be genuine, build and develop teams, think strategically and do the blocking and tackling necessary to achieve the objective.

Fun Fact

Living in Park City, Utah for 30 years, we enjoy winter sports. After the 2002 Olympics I was looped into a volunteer group and became a key leader taking the International Olympic Committee and Federation of International Skiing to task in media around the world, because the sport of ski jumping did not allow women to ski jump. A key sponsorship with Visa was secured, an amazing piece on ABC News aired and a world championship (2009) and Olympic inclusion (2014) finally resulted from our efforts. With one ski jump in my life I was inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in 2011.

Why I Love What I Do

Long career in sales and marketing and being part of an investment firm focused on farmland and early-stage ag tech companies creates challenges and tremendous satisfaction.

Tressie Lieberman
Tressie Lieberman

VP, Digital and Off-Premise at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Tressie Lieberman

Tressie Lieberman

VP, Digital and Off-Premise at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Tressie Lieberman is Vice President of Digital Marketing and Off-Premise for Chipotle. She is focused on growing access to real food with new ordering channels such as delivery and catering. She is passionate about leading culture and building community engagement with the Chipotle Rewards loyalty program, CRM, social media and influencer relationships.

Lieberman also held leadership positions at Snap Kitchen and Taco Bell. She has achieved accolades such as being named on the Nation’s Restaurant News Power List, Advertising Age Women to Watch and Business Insider’s Top Influencer Marketers. She develops future leaders through the Chipotle Hustle women’s employee resource group.

Timeline of events

Applications open

April 29th, 2021

We are seeking applicants (both for-profits, nonprofits, and hybrids) that are reimagining the food system to be sustainable, equitable, and efficient.

Applications close

May 27th, 2021

Uncharted will review applications on a rolling basis.

Ventures announced

July 12th, 2021

Uncharted selects and announces eight ventures that are the best fit for the Chipotle Aluminaries Project.

Diagnosis begins

July 13th - 29th, 2021

Uncharted dives deep into identifying the challenges specific to each venture and identifies the people they need to help scale their business and create deeper impact.

Virtual programming

August 2nd - October 28th, 2021

We'll host hands-on virtual workshops with focuses in key areas of scale, strategy, leadership, finances, and systems.

Ongoing support

November 1st, 2021 - January 31st, 2022

Ventures connect with Uncharted staff through regular check-ins that focus on working towards hitting key goals and metrics.

F.A.Q.s

  • The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is a seven-month accelerator program that supports ventures reimagining the food system to be sustainable, equitable, and efficient. The program connects ventures to the people and organizations they need to scale their solutions, including mentors, funders, and partners.

    The first cohort of Aluminaries graduated in 2019. The second cohort graduated in December 2020.

  • We believe we can most effectively support ventures in building their capacity through a combination of skills and network development. To that end, each selected organization is eligible to receive: 

    • 3-month of virtual programming: Participation in a three-month virtual program with focuses on key areas of scale, strategy, leadership, finances, and systems.
    • 3-months of ongoing support: An additional three months of support with continued mentor matching and network connections.
    • Curated mentorship: Meetings with mentors and Chipotle experts committed to sharing their expertise and experience with the next generation of leaders.
    • Financial architects: Financial consultant and contractor to build out successful financial systems.
    • Investment readiness: Training to prepare for investment through customized support.
    • Peer to peer collaboration: Access to a community of support and cohort-wide learnings between the ventures, mentors, and other key partners in the program.
    • Chipotle celebrity status: One free entrée at Chipotle every day for one year!
  • We will select eight ventures to participate in the program.

  • The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is supported by the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and facilitated by Uncharted, a Denver-based social impact accelerator.

  • Ventures will receive introductions to employees at Chipotle and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation throughout the program. The primary purpose of these relationships is mentorship. Participation in the program does not include a partnership or selling opportunity with Chipotle. That said, there is no exclusivity through the program preventing ventures from working with other sector corporates.

  • This year, the program will be entirely virtual.

  • We believe that the best business advice comes from those with industry expertise and experience operating at scale. Therefore, we look for mentors who are willing to offer time, expertise, and strategic advice for the duration of the program. They must also have:

    1. Created a solution that positively impacts the future of farming;
    2. Mastered critical skills that our ventures can learn from;
    3. An understanding of the challenges faced by new farmers today;
    4. And/or a network that has the potential to help address some of the issues faced.

    While we spend time choosing mentors before the selection process, we also recruit additional mentors after selecting the cohort and learning about their specific learning needs.

  • Our goal is to design the program to meet the specific needs and challenges of ventures. Expectations and time commitments include:

    • Full and engaged participation in virtual workshops;
    • Approximately five to ten hours each month for additional activities, including developing and pursuing a plan for scale as well as participating in phone calls and webinars with other ventures and staff at Uncharted;
    • Active communication with staff at Uncharted and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation as needed between monthly check-ins;
    • Annual surveys and data collection through 2024.
  • There is no cost to selected ventures. We do not take any equity or a share of future profits.

  • The ideal candidate for the Chipotle Aluminaries Project is a for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid venture that is reimagining the food system to be equitable, sustainable, and efficient. Solutions in AgTech, education, and advocacy are preferred.

  • Our ideal candidates also have these five qualities:

    • Scalability. You might have a great product or service that meaningfully impacts a group of people. We want to know how you plan to scale that impact. We’ll be looking to see if you have identified and entered a substantial addressable market, you have a logical path to serve that market, and the way you earn revenue/funding fuels smart growth.
    • Team. We’re looking for a team with committed leadership. Ideally, your founder(s) is cohesive, brings needed expertise, and persists through challenges.
    • Impact. Your product or service addresses an issue that is both serious and concise. You have a formula for how your organization is making specific strides to create deep and lasting change within that issue.
    • Fit with Program/Values Aligned. Your team must be both coachable and values-aligned so the Chipotle Aluminaries Project can provide an immense amount of value to you. Please take a look at Uncharted’s values to get a clearer sense of what principles guide us.
    • Stage. Here are the stages we typically see when recruiting companies to join an accelerator program. Stages 4-6 are poised to receive the most value out of the program and thus will take precedence when choosing our final cohort:
    1. Problem identification: You have identified a problem to be solved but not yet an idea for how to tackle it.
    2. Idea: You have formed an idea for tackling the problem but have not yet built a prototype or taken your product or service to market.
    3. Prototype/Pilot: You have developed a prototype and have run a pilot to test your product or service in the market. Typically referred to as “seed stage.”
    4. Early Users Traction/Early Revenues: You are getting your product out to small markets (beyond pilot programs), generating early revenues, and likely bringing on first hires. Typically referred to as “early stage.”
    5. Starting to See Strong Revenue Traction: Your product or service sells consistently, you are generating revenues, making key hires, and becoming “established” as a company.
    6. Solidifying operations: You are preparing for rapid growth by acquiring more users and strengthening the core of your business. You are making key high-level hires and moving towards becoming cash flow positive.
    7. Rapid Growth: You see strong, consistent customer demand, generating significant revenues, and becoming cash-flow positive. Typically referred to as “growth stage.”
    8. Mature Business or Exit: You have significant revenues and a full team. Your brand is well recognized, and your business has scaled. The model has been proven, and you are now perfecting it.
    9. Failed.