What’s inside

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In-person summit

Participate in a five-day summit in Newport Beach, 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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Chipotle experts

Receive first-hand advice, resources, and service from Chipotle employees.

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Investment readiness

Prepare for investment through customized support.

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Investor introductions

Access our network of Angels and VCs through individualized introductions throughout 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.

Seth Goldman
Seth Goldman

Executive Chair at Beyond Meat and Co-Founder of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman

Executive Chair at Beyond Meat and Co-Founder of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman is the Executive Chair of Beyond Meat and Co-founder of Honest Tea. Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, specializing in beverages that are just a tad sweet, organic and Fair Trade Certified. In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world’s largest beverage distribution system.  Honest Tea and Honest Kids are sold in more than 150,000 stores in the USA and Europe, including McDonald’s, SUBWAY and Chick-fil-A. Beyond Meat is also rapidly expanding distribution, as the company seeks to expand the availability and accessibility of plant-based protein. 

Seth graduated from Harvard College (1987) and the Yale School of Management (1995), and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He also serves on the board of Ripple Foods, the Yale School of Management and Bethesda Green.

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.  

Ken Meyer
Ken Meyer

Former EVP of Operations of Whole Foods Market

Ken Meyer

Ken Meyer

Former EVP of Operations of Whole Foods Market

Ken served as Executive Vice President of Operations, U.S. and the U.K for Whole Foods Market.  As Executive Vice President of Operations at Whole Foods Market, Ken oversaw day-to-day operations, development, design and innovation at existing stores and support facilities, and for stores in the company’s development pipeline in the U.S. and the U.K. He also oversaw the global culinary and hospitality team and the global supply chain and retail operations support team.  Ken is an organic and natural foods retail veteran with more than 25 years of industry experience. Ken earned a B.S. in Food Systems and Economic Management from Michigan State University.  Ken served on the both the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation board of directors.

Tabassum Zalotrawala
Tabassum Zalotrawala

Chief Development Officer at Chipotle

Tabassum Zalotrawala

Tabassum Zalotrawala

Chief Development Officer at Chipotle

Tabassum Zalotrawala is a C-suite executive with a strong background across fast-casual, full-service, and quick-service brands operating in markets worldwide. 

Trained as an architect and interior designer, Tabassum’s career began with a design firm working on ultra-high-end projects in the Middle East, including the Grand Mosque and guest palaces of Sultan Qaboos. Since moving to the U.S. more than 15 years ago, she has found her niche in the hospitality industry, focusing on restaurant development. 

Tabassum joined Arby’s Restaurant Group in 2002, first working on the franchisee side before progressing to Senior Director of Store Planning in 2009 with responsibility for all aspects of store development and franchisee support. Over the next two years, she would open five international markets, significantly expand the number of franchisee-owned stores in the US, and develop the domestic store remodel program that delivered strong bottom-line results. 

Her successes led to a Vice President role at Panda Restaurant Group, the operator of 2,000+ Panda Express restaurants, as well as Panda Inn, Hibachi Inn, Raising Canes, Ippudo, Uncle Tetsu, Yaki Yan, and Pieology brands in select markets. Her responsibilities expanded over the next several years, resulting in a promotion to the Chief Development Officer role in 2014. 

As the Chief Development Officer for this multibillion-dollar restaurant chain, Tabassum sat on the executive committee responsible for steering the growth and evolution of all Panda Express brands. Contributions include revolutionizing the company’s approach to restaurant development, qualifying international franchisee partners, developing 14 new domestic DMAs, and opening 400 new locations in just four years. 

In 2018, Tabassum joined Chipotle Mexican Grill as the Chief Development Officer to participate in the strategic turnaround plan. With responsibility for leading global real estate, construction, design, facilities, and contract administration, she is poised to contribute to the company’s strategy to rebuild the brand, reinvest in innovation, and drive strong financial performance. 

Fueled by a passion for developing people and inspiring them to understand their contributions to the business, Tabassum is known for building strong teams. She works to share her values of integrity, perseverance, and excellence in all her interactions with her team. 

Tabassum’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts are complemented by extensive executive education. She hold an MBA from Emory University and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, an intensive program that creates transformational leaders capable of tackling an organization’s toughest challenges. Additionally, she is a LEED accredited professional. 

Martin Lemos
Martin Lemos

Co-Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition

Martin Lemos

Martin Lemos

Co-Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition

Martin comes to the Coalition with a diverse background in sustainable agriculture and food systems. His experience includes directing farm operations at the Green Earth Institute, serving as senior agronomist and project manager in Ghana for the impact investment organization AgDevCo, coordinating local food systems programs in Brooklyn, and most recently working at BSR as a sustainability strategy consultant for multi-national corporations. Martin holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College and a MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.

Robyn O’Brien
Robyn O’Brien

Co-founder of rePlant Capital + Speaker

Robyn O’Brien

Robyn O’Brien

Co-founder of rePlant Capital + Speaker

Robyn O’Brien is the co-founder of rePlant Capital and advises multinational food companies, non profits, startups and governments around the world.  She was a founding team member of of AIM/Invesco’s first hedge fund of $100+ million and a team member on the $20 billion Constellation Fund. She is an advisor to Paul Hawken’s “Drawdown”(published in April 2017) and has advised startups, banks, governments and multinationals, while working with global CEOs and management teams in the food industry. Robyn is also founded Do Good, a strategic advisory firm, and AllergyKids Foundation, which serves the 1 in 3 children with allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism. Random House published Robyn’s book, The Unhealthy Truth, in 2009, and her TEDx talk has been viewed by millions and translated into multiple languages. Robyn is from Houston, Texas, attended Washington and Lee University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and went on to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship in Paris, France before earning her MBA from Rice University on a full scholarship. She is also an adjunct professor at Rice University’s business school and a married, mother of four.

Brian Irving
Brian Irving

CMO of Eventbrite

Brian Irving

Brian Irving

CMO of Eventbrite

As Chief Marketing Officer, Brian leads a global team charged with the guardianship of the Eventbrite brand, attracting more creators to the platform, taking the company’s products to market, and building advocacy and community. Over the past two decades he has led iPhone and iPod Marketing Communications at Apple, Global Marketing for Google where he built the Google Play brand into a premium entertainment product, and the launch of Airbnb’s repositioning from homes to trips as Global Marketing Director. Brian is no stranger to shepherding iconic brands, having spent the early part of his career at Levi Strauss & Co, GE and General Motors.

Angela Ichwan
Angela Ichwan

Sr. Dir. Technical Lead at The Annex by Ardent Mills

Angela Ichwan

Angela Ichwan

Sr. Dir. Technical Lead at The Annex by Ardent Mills

Angela is a well-respected leader passionate about aligning purposes of colleagues and companies to ensure that strategic objectives are accomplished with exemplary results. She has over twenty years of achievement in global business development, product innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurial ventures. Angela has expertise in food science, innovation, research, technical solutions, and product development.


Angela is valued as a strategic thinker and futurist who leads with conviction, innovates with confidence, and achieves excellence. She is driven by curiosity and desire to construct viable solutions from the initial concept through final commercialization. She has the ability to understand a client’s needs, envision possibilities, and recommend solutions that move an organization into the future.


Angela is known as an inspiring mentor who has changed the trajectory of careers and helped individuals understand and communicate their value. She is respected for her ability to engage stakeholders and build dedicated, high-performance teams who enthusiastically share vision and values of an assigned project.

Nicole West
Nicole West

VP of Digital Strategy & Product Management at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Nicole West

Nicole West

VP of Digital Strategy & Product Management at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Miku Jha
Miku Jha

Founder, CEO AgShift

Miku Jha

Miku Jha

Founder, CEO AgShift

Miku is a passionate entrepreneur and product executive with a proven track record of successfully launching and scaling products across multiple startups and companies such as VMware and IBM. As part of Senior leadership and Product team, Miku helped build and scale multiple storage, mobile software startups into well-known global companies. Miku serves on the advisory board of BetterMDM, PlainMark and MergeLane.

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.  

Adrienne Gemperle
Adrienne Gemperle

Chief People Officer at SoulCycle

Adrienne Gemperle

Adrienne Gemperle

Chief People Officer at SoulCycle

  • Chief People Officer SoulCycle – 1.5 years – present
  • Chief People Officer for Plated.  1.5 years – A shark tank funded, food tech company providing meal kits throughout the US.  Acquired by Albertsons in 2018.
  • SVP Starbucks Coffee Company –  10 year tenure – held a variety of roles, primarily leading HR teams for retail operations for the US and Americas as well as leading the Global HR Operations function.
  • Happily married for 25 years to James with two kids Rachel 21 and Max 17.  Two crazy dogs.
  • Love spending time with my family and avid SoulCycle rider.
  • MS, Antioch + undergrad Washington State University.
Meri Lillia Mullins
Meri Lillia Mullins

Founder & Director at Growing Resilience

Meri Lillia Mullins

Meri Lillia Mullins

Founder & Director at Growing Resilience

Meri Lillia Mullins is the Founder and Director of Growing Resilience. Meri collaborates with multiple organizations to de-risk farmers and ranchers in the adoption of regenerative agriculture and to uplift the next generation of farmers. She brings a diverse background of program development, mentorship, environmental advocacy and community empowerment around food and agriculture. She currently works as the Program Manager for Regen Future Capital’s Regen Ag Funding Program and as an advisor to the Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition. Her work in the farming community reaches beyond political and state lines to encourage collaboration and foster meaningful change in agricultural policy and practices. Beyond her roles as adviser, advocate, and champion of the young and regenerative farmer movements, she is a farmer herself, herself managing a 50 acre diversified animal farm in the foothills of Colorado. Prior to Meri’s deep dive into agriculture she worked as an engineering consultant in the environmental sector and holds her BS Eng. in Chemical Environmental Engineering.

Haris Khan
Haris Khan

Director of Restaurant Excellence for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Haris Khan

Haris Khan

Director of Restaurant Excellence for Chipotle Mexican Grill

As 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.

Chris Denson
Chris Denson

Innovation Expert, Podcast Host, and Bestselling Author

Chris Denson

Chris Denson

Innovation Expert, Podcast Host, and Bestselling Author

Chris Denson, innovation expert, Innovation Crush podcast host, and author of the #1 bestseller, Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules, delivers keynotes that are informative, engaging and entertaining. He merges his experience advertising and marketing expertise, POV as an innovation expert, and his comedic talent to deliver memorable messages to audiences across industries, at home and abroad. He is also skilled at leading insightful conversations, moderating panels and providing continuity as the MC/ host for conferences and workshops.

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

Owner at Lewis Family Farm and Board Chair at Mad Agriculture

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Owner at Lewis Family Farm and Board Chair at Mad Agriculture

Mark is a soil steward at Lewis Family Farm, a 354-acre certified organic farming operation near Hoyt, CO.  The farm raises alfalfa and grass hay, hemp, oats, peas, corn, wheat, bees, cover crop mixes, and has experimented with kernza and ancient/heritage grains over the past seven seasons.  The farm is dedicated to regenerative practices that build soil health and sequester atmospheric carbon.  Mark is the Board Chair at Mad Agriculture.  He previously served on the Board of Directors at E-Town and Revision.  Prior to his adventures in regenerative agriculture, Mark worked and invested in the renewable energy sector.  He is active in sourcing and managing alternative investments for his family.  Mark has a degree in Economics from the University of San Diego and an MBA from CU Boulder.  He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Denver.

Timeline of events

Applications open

January 29

We are seeking applicants (both for and non-profits) in the areas of access to land, financial assistance, labor challenges as well as agtech, education and wellness. See the application for more details.

Applications close

March 11

Applications close. Uncharted reviews them on a rolling basis.

Ventures announced

May 20

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

Diagnosis begins

May 21

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.

In-person bootcamp

June 22 - 26

We come together in Newport Beach, California, for a five-day in-person summit focused on making invaluable connections, clarifying business strategies, and accessing capital.

Remote support begins

June 27

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

Program wrap-up

December

Uncharted leads impact assessment, feedback sessions, and learning sessions.

F.A.Q.s

  • The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is a seven-month annual accelerator program that supports ventures from across the country that are advancing innovative solutions that empower the next generation of farmers. The program will connect ventures to the people and organizations they need to scale their solutions, including mentors, funders, and partners. Together, we will work tirelessly to break down the barriers that stand in the way of young farmers’ success.

    This is the second program of the Chipotle Aluminaries Project. Our first cohort graduated in 2019.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm debt is projected to hit a record $416 billion, up almost 40% since 2012.  Many small and mid-size farmers committed to farming in an ethical and sustainable way need help to have a chance to succeed — both for the sake of the future of real nutritious food and the communities that rely on those farms. In December, Chipotle announced that it was implementing a scalable solution to these challenges via three-year contracts through approved suppliers, seed grants and increased local sourcing. Over the last month, Chipotle has donated over $385K to the National Young Farmers Coalition to help farmers during this steep agriculture downturn.  

    “As an organization that prioritizes corporate citizenship, Chipotle acknowledges that no one individual or company can cultivate a better world on their own,” said Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Reputation Officer at Chipotle. “American farming is at a crossroads and we must work together to identify solutions to overcome its great challenges.” 

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

    1. all-expenses paid travel and lodging for the CEO and co-founder or decision-maker from each winning organization to a five-day summit facilitated by Uncharted in Newport Beach, California, USA; 
    2. guidance from mentors and technical experts; 
    3. pro bono advice, resources, and service from Chipotle employees;
    4. customized investment support and key introductions to relevant investors;
    5. and a Chipotle celebrity card, which entitles the cardholder one free entree per day for a year.
  • We will select eight ventures to participate in the second annual Chipotle Aluminaries Project.

  • The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is supported by the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and facilitated by Uncharted, a social impact accelerator that connects people to the resources and support they need to scale their solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.

  • Participating ventures will be introduced and develop relationships with employees of Chipotle and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation over the course of 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. 

  • The in-person summit will take place in Newport Beach, California, between June 22nd-26, 2020. The selected ventures will receive additional remote support before and after the summit.

  • 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, and that 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 prior to the selection process, we also recruit additional mentors after selecting the cohort and gaining an understanding of their specific learning needs.

  • Our goal is to design the program to meet the needs and challenges of ventures and to learn from them and refine the program over time.

    Specific expectations and time commitments include:

    • Full and engaged participation in a five-day summit from June 22nd-26th, 2020;
    • 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 Spring 2023.
  • The Uncharted program team will review all applications on a rolling basis up to close on March 11th. Ventures that pass the application stage will be invited to an initial phone screen to explain their operations and impact in greater detail. Advancing organizations will then proceed to a second phone interview that allow the program team to identify challenges and opportunities for support. The eight ventures with needs that are best fit for the program will be selected by May 6th.

  • There is no cost to ventures that are selected to participate in this program. We’ll cover the airfare, food, and lodging for both the CEO and a co-founder or decision-maker during the in-person summit in Newport Beach, California (June 22nd-26th, 2020).

  • The ideal candidate for the Chipotle Aluminaries Project is a for-profit or non-profit venture that supports young farmers in the United States. Applicants must provide a solution to one of the top challenge areas faced by young farmers, including access to land, finance, and labor. Solutions in AgTech, education, and wellness—with a focus on the next generation of farmers—will also be considered.

  • 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 successfully 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. Moreover, it is required that one committed teammate (the CEO or one of the co-founders) attend the 5-day in-person boot camp in Newport Beach, California.

    Impact. Your product or service addresses an issue that is both serious and concise, and you have a formula for how your organization is making specific strides to create deep, 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. Take a look at Uncharted’s values to get a deeper 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 how to tackle 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 beginning to become “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 are seeing 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.