Meet our selected ventures!

  • Ameelio (New Haven, CT): Using technology to connect families and organizations to incarcerated people across the nation — for free.

 

  • College to Congress (Washington, DC): A nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive and effective Congress by empowering the next generation of public servants.

 

  • Food Connect (Philadelphia, PA): Leveraging smart technology to bridge the gap between surplus food and hunger.

 

  • Movers and Shakers (New York, NY): Using augmented reality to write Black and Brown narratives into American curricula.

 

  • Okayso (New York, NY): Building a world where young people can live authentically as themselves by using technology to connect teens with questions about sex and identity to experts who provide support and information.

 

  • Trans LifeLine (Oakland, CA): A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

Here’s what our nonprofit startups will receive:

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$15k in Funding

Each nonprofit will receive a $15,000 unrestricted grant

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Digital Summit

A virtual summit focused on building a plan for scale

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World Class Mentors

1:1 mentor meetings and personalized advice

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Funder Event

Meet foundations and philanthropists supporting early-stage social innovation

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Coaches

Executive and fundraising coaches to build leadership skills and business acumen

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Fractional CFO

Free financial modeling from an experienced CFO

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Access to Technical Experts

Pro bono mentorship, resources, and service from experienced developers

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Ongoing Support

Monthly check-ins with the Uncharted team for additional introductions, resources, and support

Timeline of Events

Applications Open!

August 10th, 2020

Any registered nonprofit organization creating a positive impact using mobile technology is invited to apply. Be sure to check out our application for more details!

Applications Close

September 7th, 2020

Applications close at midnight on Monday, September 7th.

Ventures announced

Late October 2020

We will select and announce six ventures that are the best fit for Visible Connect Year Three.

Programming & Support Begins

November 2nd, 2020

Regular virtual gatherings to set goals, meet mentors, and take action.

Funder Event

Mid-2021

Get matched with foundations and philanthropists funding early-stage social innovation.

Program wrap-up

July 31st

"It's not goodbye, it's see you later." Impact assessment, feedback sessions, and virtual high-fives.

Mentors & Visible Experts

This is just a sampling of the world-class mentors and Visible Experts who will be part of the program. They are dedicated to personalized mentorship, guidance, and pro bono work to help tackle your nonprofit’s trickiest challenges.

Minjae Ormes
Minjae Ormes

CMO at Visible

Minjae Ormes

Minjae Ormes

CMO at Visible

20-year veteran in digital media, technology, and entertainment, Minjae Ormes is the CMO of Visible, an innovative all-digital wireless carrier, easily accessible through the Visible app, that offers an unlimited and streamlined phone service experience.

In her role, Minjae leads all of the strategic marketing efforts across Visible, including Brand, Creative, Communications, Social, Member Engagement, and more. Before joining Visible, Minjae, who is regarded as a progressive, creative marketer, led the global partner marketing and media teams at YouTube. Her scope included overseeing partnerships marketing activities and media activations for all of YouTube’s subscription products. Most notably, Minjae led the launch of YouTube’s first ever top creator campaign globally, solidifying the platform as a top millennial destination and the leader in content and streaming.

Earlier in her career, Minjae’s expertise were instrumental in building successful new franchises and digital initiatives for a number of leading organizations including The Walt Disney Studios, National Geographic Channel, and Tribeca Film Institute.

Minjae earned her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University. She has received multiple recognitions for her work, including an AdWeek Media Campaign of the Year Award, People’s Choice Webby Award, PR Campaign of the Year Gold Award, and various Mark Awards for Marketing Excellence.

Above all, and with a holistic approach to inclusion and engagement, Minjae is a steadfast champion and facilitator for women’s professional development and advancement.

Heather Horsey
Heather Horsey

Social & PR Brand Manager at Visible

Heather Horsey

Heather Horsey

Social & PR Brand Manager at Visible

Heather’s Specialties:

  • Social media
  • Public relations
  • Extensive healthcare background
  • Answering the questions, “How do I use social media to gain awareness?”, “How do I speak to press that differs from customers?”, “How do I build personas to create customers?”

Fun Fact: Heather loves dogs, beer and Colorado!

Stephen Joos
Stephen Joos

Head of Product at Fluid Truck

Stephen Joos

Stephen Joos

Head of Product at Fluid Truck

Stephen’s Specialties:

  • Mobile marketing & app design and development
  • Nonprofit mobile fundraising expertise
  • Answering the questions, “How do I build X to get Y?”, “How do I get people to take action?”

Fun Fact: Stephen lived in Nairobi, Kenya for 2+ years

James Sarni
James Sarni

Manager of Business Development, Visible

James Sarni

James Sarni

Manager of Business Development, Visible

James has over 11 years of business development and strategy experience working for Fortune 10 companies. He has worked for Cricket, AT&T and Visible shaping their national strategy through partnership management, joint ventures, and M&A activity.

Sumana Samuk
Sumana Samuk

Social Care Lead at Visible

Sumana Samuk

Sumana Samuk

Social Care Lead at Visible

Have spent about a decade in helping companies and communities to set up, grow and measure a successful social media brands. Have an MBA in Marketing, can speak 8 languages, is a yoga practitioner and has been a regional winner and a judge at HULT Prize (referred to as Nobel Prize for students).

Michelle Meyer
Michelle Meyer

Program/Project Management Principal at Visible

Michelle Meyer

Michelle Meyer

Program/Project Management Principal at Visible

Michelle has managed projects and programs across multiple work streams to achieve successful outcomes for the past 15 years. She has lead cross-functional teams to plan and execute work within project constraints of cost, time and quality. At Visible she is building a PMO (Program Management Office) to support new digital programs and offerings for Visible’s customers. Michelle holds PMP (project management professional), CSM (certified scrum master) and ProiSci (change management) certifications.
Adam Peter
Adam Peter

Lead, Strategy & Competitive Intelligence, Visible

Adam Peter

Adam Peter

Lead, Strategy & Competitive Intelligence, Visible

Angela Janko
Angela Janko

Senior Program Manager, Technical Delivery Lead - Engineering at Visible

Angela Janko

Angela Janko

Senior Program Manager, Technical Delivery Lead - Engineering at Visible

Angela has a successful track record in delivering revenue generating business, compliance, and IT projects and programs through collaboration with cross-functional project teams from IT, finance, HR, operations, marketing, legal, risk, compliance and training. She is versatile in use of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Lean, Agile/Scrum, waterfall, and RUP project management methodologies.

She has excellent skills in team building, process enhancement and program management including long and short-term planning, dissemination of information, and follow-up of targeted plans. She is effective in leading global teams. Her career reflects strong communication skills, leadership, teammanship, and quick learning ability underscored by personal commitment, initiative and high performance.

Dave Haydon
Dave Haydon

Head of People Operations at Visible

Dave Haydon

Dave Haydon

Head of People Operations at Visible

David is experienced with transforming culture to drive behavior changes required for business success; delivering change management programs in failing environments; committing to team development; driving successful talent programs with focuses on diversity and inclusion, retention, development, and talent acquisition; and building strong trust and rapport within international matrix structures.

Kristen Dolan
Kristen Dolan

Director, Paid Social/Digital Investment, Visible

Kristen Dolan

Kristen Dolan

Director, Paid Social/Digital Investment, Visible

Kristen leads the Paid Social Strategy and Activation for Visible, a new app-based phone service. She brings 7 years of experience, working extensively in the display, programmatic, mobile and social spaces.

Her work has spanned several verticals including Telco, Retail, Entertainment, Finance and CPG. Prior to Visible, Kristen led the Digital Investment practice for Kohl’s, where she helped to launch their DMP.

A proud UCONN grad, Kristen double-majored in Communication Sciences and Sociology.

Logan Brown
Logan Brown

Digital Workplace Lead at Visible

Logan Brown

Logan Brown

Digital Workplace Lead at Visible

Logan’s passion is in leveraging emerging technology, such as AI, to help employees do their best work. His role is to assure the digital tools Visible uses on a daily basis allow them to be more productive, collaborative, and most of all provide a great employee experience. His specific skills and experience include IT Operations, Automation, Chatbots, UAT, and Customer Service Strategy.

Joe Kotsis
Joe Kotsis

Care Operations Triage Manager at Visible

Joe Kotsis

Joe Kotsis

Care Operations Triage Manager at Visible

Joe’s Specialties:

  • Customer Care
  • Agile software production
  • JIRA
  • Hospitality/wine
  • Answering the questions, “How do I make JIRA work for me?”, “How can we make a process improvement to an existing workflow that needs reworking?”

Fun Fact: Joe is a self-proclaimed “dinosaur dweeb.”

Richard Powers
Richard Powers

Program Manager/People Operations at Visibl

Richard Powers

Richard Powers

Program Manager/People Operations at Visibl

Richard is an experienced analyst, program manager, customer service analyst, and works to drive people-centric metrics and programs. He has 6 years of HR experience with various roles in HR Analytics, Leadership Development programs, C-Suite Development, Talent Management, and Employee Engagement/Experience.

In his current role, Richard supports the Visible organization on the People Operations (HR) team. Richard’s role is to drive leadership development, create a world-class onboarding process, and support HR programs and initiatives. Prior to his current role, Richard supported C-Suite Development at Verizon. Creating and developing leadership programs for the Verizon Consumer and Business Groups. Previous to this role Richard has held various roles with Verizon the last 10 years in analytics, customer service insights, and customer service support.

Richard holds a Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Arizona. In his free time he enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Scott Carlisle
Scott Carlisle

Head of Data Science at Visible

Scott Carlisle

Scott Carlisle

Head of Data Science at Visible

I’m a life long learner, that ultimately strives to understand how things work, and are connected. Those traits guided me towards a career in data science. My perspective on data science is that it is a logic-based art, that generally works to piece together a picture from millions of little fragments, like a mosaic work of art.

I’ve spent the last 15 years absorbing all that I can from my experiences across analytics, business intelligence, ad-tech, mar-tech and consulting. My strengths are always having an opinion 🙂 data application, marketing optimization, insights discovery, and deciphering business operating models. If you are familiar with the Clifton Strengths categories my top 5 are: Relator, Ideation, Strategic, Maximizer, and Learner. I view failure as a valuable step in learning, and not something to be afraid of.

Beth Veen
Beth Veen

Chief of Staff at Visible

Beth Veen

Beth Veen

Chief of Staff at Visible

Amanda Nelson
Amanda Nelson

Learning Communication Manager

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson

Learning Communication Manager

I have a pretty interesting background, having worked as a high school English teacher, non-for-profit events organizer, and in corporate customer service and learning. I excel at writing/editing, written/verbal communication, problem-solving, and mentoring others. I can also take complex material and make it super simple to understand.
Rebecca Haugland
Rebecca Haugland

Strategic Initiatives Lead at Visible

Rebecca Haugland

Rebecca Haugland

Strategic Initiatives Lead at Visible

I have spent my career at a variety of roles for Verizon and had the pleasure of being part of the core team to start Visible. The majority of my career has been focused on marketing operations and go to market strategies. I also have experience in sales operations, compliance, sponsorship & event marketing, and internal events. I have a passion for building and developing individuals and teams across the organization. Through Visible specifically, I have been able to play more of a strategic role, both in helping the build-out of the company, as well as being on the ground level for the development of our Visible Connect program. My current role is focused on looking at alternate/ expanded distribution opportunities for Visible.

Nia Mathis
Nia Mathis

Vice President State and Local Affairs at Verizon

Nia Mathis

Nia Mathis

Vice President State and Local Affairs at Verizon

Nia provides advice, counsel and support to the Visible executive and management team on execution of business objectives and ongoing operations, including on matters of sales and marketing, customer care, regulatory compliance, procurement, and corporate affairs. Nia is located at Visible’s headquarters in Denver, CO.

In her immediate prior role, Nia was General Counsel to the North Central Market (hq’d in Greenwood Village, CO) where she provided legal advice to the VZW Network and field sales/marketing organizations. In addition to securing permissions for Network to deploy small cells (4G & 5G), she handled market-specific litigation and real estate matters as well as consumer, compliance, contract and marketing issues.

In previous roles, Nia supported the new products organization in launching smart cities solutions and was part of the VZW Marketing and Consumer Law Group. In 2008, Nia started her career with Verizon as a Sourcing lawyer.

Before joining Verizon, Nia was an associate at the Washington, D.C. offices of Wiley Rein and Latham & Watkins where she practiced regulatory law and led M&A transactions for privately-held media companies.

Aaron Stahl
Aaron Stahl

General Counsel at Visible

Aaron Stahl

Aaron Stahl

General Counsel at Visible

I have over 16 years of experience as a practicing attorney, first as a litigator, and more recently as in-house business counsel. I have significant expertise in franchise and distribution law, antitrust, and intellectual property litigation. At Verizon, I have experience providing operational support to a wide-range of client teams, including B2B, indirect distribution, customer service, and network functions. I have also supported the legal compliance and risk management organizations, providing guidance and advice on how to manage risk and drive sales integrity for the Verizon Consumer Group. In my current role with Visible, I lead the legal department and work to ensure that Visible upholds its values and that all functions operate in a legally-compliant manner.
Kirstie Rivard
Kirstie Rivard

Head of Experiential at Visible

Kirstie Rivard

Kirstie Rivard

Head of Experiential at Visible

Hi, my name is Kirstie. I’ve been in the wireless industry for almost twenty years. During that time, I’ve been fortunate to learn, grow, contribute, and lead in so many various roles. That experience taught me about the holistic business, how each department impacts business, and how each position, very much like individuals, has its own personality.

I’ve spent the last eight years honing my marketing skills with both the Verizon and Visible organizations. by leading strategy for internal and external events, sponsorships, and partnerships. My strengths include leveraging events to build sales funnels, event planning, project management, partnership engagement, contract negotiations, asset management, and execution.

Adriana Dawson
Adriana Dawson

Community Engagement Director at Verizon

Adriana Dawson

Adriana Dawson

Community Engagement Director at Verizon

In a previous capacity, I was the former State Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center and had a 13 tenure with the organization. As the largest technical assistance provider to small businesses in RI, we assisted thousands of start up and existing small businesses with feasibility studies, business plans, loan packaging, access to capital, etc. My personal strengths would be in business/marketing plans, PR, operations, access to capital.
Drew Aschman
Drew Aschman

Sr. Engineering Manager at Visible

Drew Aschman

Drew Aschman

Sr. Engineering Manager at Visible

Drew is an avid explorer who is passionate about the convergence of technology and culture. With a background spanning from early-stage startup to management consulting, Drew has an eye for efficiency in growing engineering teams through process, technology, and talent. Drew’s expertise lies in identifying the right technology for the job, just-in-time tool and process definition, and people and workplace culture development.
Mai Sari
Mai Sari

Product Designer at Visible

Mai Sari

Mai Sari

Product Designer at Visible

I’m a product designer and illustrator with 10 years of experience working with innovative startups disrupting industries and non-profits in the political and climate space. I’m an empath that loves getting to the core of people’s “why’s” and designing solutions that make a positive impact. I live with a life-long learner mindset and look forward to learning from every interaction in and out of work. As an avid traveler, I use all that I’ve learned from other cultures to build products and services with a world-centric approach.

Taylor Borman
Taylor Borman

Influencer, Analytics + Social Media Manager at Visible

Taylor Borman

Taylor Borman

Influencer, Analytics + Social Media Manager at Visible

Taylor leads the influencer strategy, organic social analytics, and the organic social community at Visible. She brings over 5 years of experience working in the digital marketing space. She has worked on the brand side, agency side as well as with startups.

Her work has spanned several verticals including Telco, Health & Wellness, Food & Bev, and Automotive. Prior to Visible, Taylor led all digital marketing efforts for the Meditation Studio app where she increased app subscriptions by 65% YoY.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys practicing yoga and going for walks with her pug, Oliver.

Stewart Wolfe
Stewart Wolfe

Head of Learning at Visible

Stewart Wolfe

Stewart Wolfe

Head of Learning at Visible

I’ve worked in marketing and training for fast-growing consumer brands in tech, hospitality, and consumer packaged goods. Today I lead training for Visible’s customer support and corporate staff. I’m passionate about learning, learning technology, communication, strategy, leadership, knowledge management, change management, public speaking, coaching, content production, and…without a doubt…sandwiches.

F.A.Q.

  • To create an accelerator program with the greatest impact, we knew we wanted a partner who shared our values and mindset. Visible caught our eye not only because of their mobile tech expertise but because they’re a company designed to do good from the start. Together we started Visible Connect, which supports nonprofit startups changing their communities using mobile technology.

  • No, Visible Connect is a continuing program. Every year, we will select a new group of nonprofit startups that are creating positive change through mobile technology. Our first program took place in 2018. We launched applications for the second cohort in April 2019, and the third in August 2020.

  • Our phones are at the heart of what we do, connecting us with people, information, and opportunity.

    As of 2018, 77% of all Americans own a smartphone, as do a whopping 94% of 18-to-29-year-olds. What’s more, the percentage of households owning a smartphone that earn less than $30,000 per year has increased 12 points in the last year alone. And Americans don’t just own phones, they spend over three and a half hours per day on them.

    For the 24 million Americans without access to the internet, smartphones are unlocking new ways for people to get online. In fact, 1 in 5 cell phone users rely entirely on their devices for broadband internet. And once they are online, 60% of Americans are using their phones to navigate important life events such as getting information on a health condition, applying to a new job, and gathering information on public welfare services.

    The possibilities for social entrepreneurs to incorporate mobile technology into their services are limitless, particularly in the COVID-19 era when service delivery is mostly virtual. With the help of Visible Connect, they’re finding new and creative ways to scale their impact. 

  • The only types of companies that can apply to this program are U.S. nonprofit organizations. Fiscally sponsored organizations can apply. You can read about this in greater detail in our program’s official rules

  • Yes! We recognize that many ventures have multiple avenues through which they reach their beneficiaries. Some nonprofits reach kids through board games, and also have a mobile app. Other nonprofits use SMS text messaging alongside a web platform. If mobile technology is one of the ways in which you’re creating impact, you are welcome to apply!

  • There is no cost to you if you’re selected to attend this program. In fact, we’ll deliver you all of the services described on this website for free, and provide you a $15,000 grant.

    All we ask for in exchange is that you fill us in on your impact every six months for up to five years after the program concludes.

  • Starting on November 2nd, we’ll run regularly scheduled workshops and gatherings via Zoom. Ventures are required to participate fully in each session.

    In mid-2021, the six chosen organizations will have the option to participate in a Funder Day, an event where you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your organization to a virtual room of relevant funders and donors, and then have follow-up meet and greets.

  • According to Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur should ignore most of the advice he or she hears. However, the best advice an entrepreneur will come from those that have done what that entrepreneur aspires to do at the scale at which they aspire to do it.

    Therefore, we look for mentors who have either (1) created impact for poor or vulnerable populations in the U.S. through the use of mobile technology (2) who have mastered critical skills that our chosen organizations can learn from. While we choose some mentors before starting our recruitment and selection process, we’ll also recruit additional mentors after announcing the six winners. We’ll spend time understanding their bright spots and their needs through diagnostic calls. With this information, we’ll recruit additional mentors who have expertise where our six chosen organizations face challenges. Altogether, we aim to convene around 15 mentors at the virtual summit portion of Visible Connect.

  • The ideal candidate for Visible Connect is a venture that possesses these five qualities:

    1. 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 successfully. 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.
    2. 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 two committed teammates attend the virtual workshops and gatherings.
    3. Impact. Your product or services 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.
    4. Fit with program/Values aligned. Your team must be both coachable and values-aligned so Visible Mobile 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.
    5. Stage. Here are the stages we typically see when recruiting organizations 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