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Our Selected Ventures!

From an app that connects military service members to mental health and wellness resources, to an innovative approach to teaching entrepreneurial skills to youth, here are the six awesome nonprofits who’ve been accepted into Visible Connect!

 

About our Ventures

 

Empower Work

Empower Work provides immediate and confidential support at critical work moments via SMS or webchat.

GoodCallNYC

Good Call protects the rights of marginalized communities by providing immediate access to legal support in case of arrest.

LitLab

LitLab accelerates underserved children’s learning to narrow the opportunity gap. Their products revolutionize the way ELL families ensure their children’s academic and lifelong success.

Objective Zero

The Objective Zero Foundation combats suicide within the military community by enhancing access to wellness resources and peer support.

UPchieve

UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income students with live tutors any time they need it.

WeThrive

WeThrive equips underestimated youth to own their future by helping teachers increase classroom engagement, real-world learning and future-readiness by creating student-run companies, earning real revenues.

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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In-Person Summit

A 5-day, in-person summit in Denver, 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 Visible Experts

Pro bono mentorship, resources, and service from Visible teammates

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Ongoing Support

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

Timeline of Events

Applications Open!

April 30th, 2019

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

Applications Close

May 26th, 2019

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, May 26th.

Ventures Announced

July 2019

We will select and announce 6 nonprofit ventures that are the best fit for Visible Connect 2.0.

In-Person Summit

September 9th - 13th, 2019

A 5-day in-person summit in Denver, CO, to set goals, meet mentors, and take action.

Online Support Begins

September 20th, 2019

The Uncharted team will support your venture remotely via personalized check-ins, ongoing mentorship, introductions, etc.

Funder Days

February - March, 2020

Meet foundations and philanthropists supporting early stage social innovation.

Program Wrap-Up

April 15th, 2020

“It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later”: Impact assessment, feedback sessions, learning sessions, and hugs.

 

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.

Nick Fellers
Nick Fellers

Board Member

Nick Fellers

Nick Fellers

Board Member

Nick is the co-founder of For Impact and president of The Suddes Group. In the last 10 years, he’s raised over $125 Million for causes in 30 countries and trained leaders from over 1000 organizations in how to use a sales process to maximize funding opportunities.

An entrepreneur, Nick started his first business while a student at the University of Notre Dame. Studying biology and philosophy, Nick would leave the labs early to make sales calls for his business – the first-of-its-kind student social network (and a precursor to Facebook). Upon graduation, Nick and his business partners sold their business to focus on ‘scaled impact in the social sector.’

Nick is passionate about family, social entrepreneurship, running, and all things web. An avid runner, Nick is currently working on running marathons in all 50 states. He and his wife, Anna, live in Columbus, Ohio, with their children, Will, Molly, and Rosie.

Chris Maliwat
Chris Maliwat

Former Product Manager for Netflix and Facebook

Chris Maliwat

Chris Maliwat

Former Product Manager for Netflix and Facebook

Chris is a seasoned product lead, business strategist, and interface designer with proven ability to transform concepts into award-winning, robust products. He has helped successfully launch internet and software projects including e-commerce solutions, content management systems, collaborative environments, network monitoring, streaming media, and personal finance software.

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.

David Dentry
David Dentry

Director of Business Operations and COO at Visible

David Dentry

David Dentry

Director of Business Operations and COO at Visible

David is dedicated to providing a positive experience for a brand’s customers. His specialties include: Customer relations, Customer Experience, photography, digital imaging, teaching, CRM systems, user interface design, and developer relations.

Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Founder & CEO, Endeleo Facilitators

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Founder & CEO, Endeleo Facilitators

Will grew up in a low-income family in rural Colorado, and became the first in his family to attend college. While in college, Will was fortunate enough to discover his two life passions: entrepreneurship and education. During his senior year he founded a start-up aimed at making college more affordable for students like himself, and led that organization as CEO for the next 7 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.5x each year on average. He then joined the staff of Teach For America, where he held a number of leadership roles as the organization grew from impacting 80,000 students to over 500,000 students and from 250 to over 3000 staff members. He recently founded Endeleo Facilitators, an organization that provides hands-on development, systems and services to rapidly growing companies.

Luisa Molano
Luisa Molano

Founder of LM Consulting, LLC

Luisa Molano

Luisa Molano

Founder of LM Consulting, LLC

Luisa spent just over a decade in the corporate world before launching her consulting & coaching practice in 2017. As a consultant she serves founders/presidents/entrepreneurs of companies with top-line revenue between $1-10M. These leaders see their ability to attract, develop and retain top talent as the single most critical factor to realizing their company’s full growth potential. She also coaches successful high-performers who want to increase their impact in the world but are challenged to do so through the traditional and often incremental approaches to life and business. She’s sat on DU’s Employer Advisory Board, is a mentor for Uncharted and CiviCO’s Social Enterprise Fellowship Program. She’s also an alumni of CivicCO’s Colorado Governor’s Fellowship Program. As a speaker, she’s had gigs with with SHRM, Entrepreneur’s Organization and has spoken for two years to CU Boulder’s MBA Management & Entrepreneurship class. This May she will be speaking to a group of Entrepreneurs at Innosphere, Colorado’s leading science and technology incubator, accelerating the success of high-impact startup and scale-up companies. Everything she does operates on the belief that #TalentMatters.

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

Product Manager, Product & Subscription Services at Visible

Stephen Joos

Stephen Joos

Product Manager, Product & Subscription Services at Visible

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.

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.

 

Kendra Peavy
Kendra Peavy

VP of Global Communications at S’well

Kendra Peavy

Kendra Peavy

VP of Global Communications at S’well

A passionate strategic communications specialist, Kendra Peavy boasts nearly two decades of integrated marketing experience with emphasis in public relations, content development and team building.

Kendra is the Vice President of Global Communications at S’well, overseeing global communications strategy and execution. As part of the senior leadership team, she guides external positioning, brand visibility, content creation and CSR programs. She also manages internal communications, working across departments to educate, engage and inspire the team. Kendra approaches every facet of her role through the lens of building business and culture.

Prior to S’well, Kendra was General Manager, Director of Development at Digennaro Communications (DGC), a business-to-business communications agency. She helped manage agency operations, new business development and national/international client programs for brands such as McDonald’s, GroupM, Engine and numerous marketing services companies. During her tenure,Kendra helped grow the agency 500% and launched the company’s social media and employee training programs. She played an integral role in developing agency best practices in account management, thought leadership and team empowerment.

Kendra began her communications career in California. She was a Creative/Account Supervisor with Southern California‐based Integrated MarketingWorks, where she developed and implemented award-winning programs for such clients as the California Avocado Commission, DENSO Sales California, Sunkist, Dole, Roche and other brands in retail, travel and life services. In addition, she held roles in production, account management and copywriting. Kendra’s first communications role was on the corporate side, producing trade and consumer motorcycle shows for Advanstar Communications.

Kendra earned a BA in Communication with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University in Orange, California. She also holds a graduate certification in Executive Coaching from the University of Texas, Dallas.

Liam Kirby
Liam Kirby

Program Manager | Product Operations - Care Platform & Strategy

Liam Kirby

Liam Kirby

Program Manager | Product Operations - Care Platform & Strategy

In my life before Visible, I worked on a diverse set of issues while building and scaling operations and customer support for Uber globally. Before then, I consulted with local Colorado startups to help build teams and MVP products during early stage investment. I was born and raised in Lawrence KS, but have lived in both Denver & San Francisco for the last 8 years.

If nothing else, working with passionate people is the most important thing I look forward too on a regular basis. I enjoy almost any topic and working a problem to a solution. I’m always happy to lend a hand, especially when I’m surrounded by people who hustle and are driven by solving the challenges they encounter along the way.

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).

Nia Mathis
Nia Mathis

General Counsel for Visible

Nia Mathis

Nia Mathis

General Counsel for Visible

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.

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.

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

UX/Product Designer at Visible

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

UX/Product Designer at Visible

Eric is a UX designer with a heavy focus in strategy based on user testing and research. He comes from a marketing background prior to UX and has a knack for simplifying overly-complex sites and applications.

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.

Zara Cinarli
Zara Cinarli

Product Designer at Visible

Zara Cinarli

Zara Cinarli

Product Designer at Visible

Zara believes in the language of story telling that creates experiences that users love. Curiosity, an obsession for detail, a love for problem solving, and collaboration are the corner stones of what define her as a product designer.

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 spotlights and supports the nonprofit startups using mobile tech to connect their beneficiaries to opportunity—whether that’s education, public services, environmental causes, or other resources.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. With the help of Visible Connect, they’re finding new and creative ways to scale their impact.

  • The only types of companies who 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; provide you a $15,000 grant; and cover your airfare, food, and lodging for your time in Denver, Colorado (September 9th – 13th, 2019) and your time at the Funder Event (February 5th – 7th, 2020).

    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.

  • From September 9th – 13th, we’ll run a 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado (all expenses are covered by Visible Connect for chosen organizations). You must be able to attend this summit in order to apply. Before and after the summit, we will be working together virtually.

    On February 5th – 7th, 2020, the 6 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 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 6 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 6 chosen organizations face challenge. Altogether, we aim to convene around 15 mentors at the in-person summit portion of Visible Connect, taking place in Denver between September 9th – 13th, 2019.

  • 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 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.
    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 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado.
    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