Here’s What Our Ventures Will Receive:

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$10K in funding

Each nonprofit will receive a $10,000 grant

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In-Person Summit

5-day, in-person summit in Denver, focused on building a plan for scale

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Online Curriculum Modules

Online courses designed for social entrepreneurs, taken from Uncharted curriculum

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World Class Mentors

1:1 mentor meetings, and 3-4 mentors committed to at least 6 months of formal advising

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Funder Event

Access to a customized funder summit to meet relevant donors, philanthropic funders, and investors

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Coaches

1:1 executive leadership and fundraising coaching to build leadership skills and business acumen

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Fractional CFO

20 hours of pro bono financial model building from a professional financial architect. Think: Your temporary CFO!

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Access to Visible Experts

Pro bono mentorship, resources, and service from Visible teammates

Applications

Applications for Visible Connect are now closed. We’re announcing our cohort VERY soon — stay tuned!

(Deets: Only U.S. nonprofit organizations can apply. Scroll to our FAQ at the bottom of this page to learn more about the ideal candidates we’re looking for!)

Timeline of Events

Applications Open!

April 25th, 2018

Any registered nonprofit that uses mobile as a means to create impact is invited to apply! See the application for more details

Applications Close

May 28th, 2018

Applications close. We will be reviewing them on a rolling basis, so strongly suggest you get yours in early!

Ventures announced!

July 17th, 2018

We will select and announce 10 of the very best ventures who are a fit for this program

People at a Gathering

In-Person Summit

Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

A 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado focused on invaluable connections, clarity, and access to capital

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Online support begins

August 2018

The start of on-going online curriculum and support— including courses pulled from Uncharted proven curriculum, personalized check-ins, and coaching & mentorship sessions

Funder Days

October 2018

Access to a customized funder summit to meet relevant donors, philanthropic funders, and investors

Program Wrap-Up

March 2019

"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— who are dedicated to personalized mentorship, guidance, and pro bono work to help tackle your nonprofit’s trickiest challenges.

Kerry Suddes
Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry Suddes

Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

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 the Unreasonable Institute. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

 

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.

Rashmi Ankireddypalli
Rashmi Ankireddypalli

Technical Product Manager at Visible

Rashmi Ankireddypalli

Rashmi Ankireddypalli

Technical Product Manager at Visible

Rashmi’s Specialties:

  • Budget and Cost Management
  • Business Requirements Gathering and Analysis
  • Project Management and Tracking
  • Agile Software Methodologies
  • Answering the questions, “How do I organize my must-haves and nice-to-haves?”, “How do I stay organized so I don’t lose sight of my goal?”

Fun Fact: Worked in various industries, across all US time zones, and loves living in Colorado!

Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff, Teach for America

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff, Teach for America

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 5 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.4x 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 nationwide to over 500,000 students nationwide during his tenure. While at Teach For America Will solidified his belief that solving socio-economic disparity is the root solution to a majority of the problems in our society. He also discovered a unique strength in helping others reach their full potential, and has been coaching and mentoring management teams and CEOs to create the conditions for success in their organizations ever since.

Luisa Molano
Luisa Molano

Principal with LM Consulting, LLC

Luisa Molano

Luisa Molano

Principal with LM Consulting, LLC

Luisa has been in the HR space for over 10 years, supporting work across the entire employee lifecycle. Most recently she held the role of Director over North American Recruiting at Arrow Electronics (ranked #118 on Fortune’s 500 list) where she oversaw more than 2,100 annual hires. In 2016, Luisa was selected as one of 21 participants in the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Fellowship program. In June of 2017, Luisa launched her own consulting company, serving CEOs/Founders of companies with revenue between $1M and $10M, pursuing annual growth in excess of 25%. The companies she serves consider the ability to attract, develop and retain top-talent as the single most critical factor to realizing their company’s full growth potential.

Tom Chi
Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom Chi

Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

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

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

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!

Nicole Glaros
Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars

Nicole Glaros

Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars

Nicole is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. While earning her masters degree at the University of Florida, Nicole co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry. It was there she developed her lifelong passion for supporting tech entrepreneurs.

She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002, before accelerators existed.  She helped grow CTEK from 1 to 5 offices across the state, and was an early catalyst in developing the startup ecosystem in Colorado. Most recently, she is a Partner at Techstars – a global network and investor in early-stage web software startups. She’s been with the company since it’s earliest days, helping build the company around her and rising through from a Managing Director to Chief Innovation Officer and most recently, partner.  She has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with $265M in capital under management and a market cap of over $5B. Through Techstars she’s invested in over 90 startups, most of which she still supports to this day.

In addition to her role at Techstars, she’s also on the board of PanaSimple Energy, the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Leeds Board of Alumni and Friends at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Previously she’s been on the boards of Owlet, the Application Developer’s Alliance, and Pledge1Percent Colorado,  She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the NewGuard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch and featured in the Denver Business Journal. She’s been featured on CNBCInc.com, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders@WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments, and many, many more.

Nicole blends the strategic with the tactical and loves pushing her own limits and the limits of those around her. She’s been a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and boxer. She’s summited Mt. Rainer, is a NOLS graduate, has guided adventure travel trips, and knows enough about backcountry medicine to make her dangerous, She loves traveling to places radically different than home and mourns the spread of the western culture across the globe. She lives the mantra #GiveFirst and does one philanthropic thing every year, and is always looking for new ways to learn, grow, and help others.

When not working with startups, you’ll find Nicole smothering her husband and two kids with kisses, or hiking, biking, skiing, reading, and lamenting how little time there is to do everything she loves.

David Kyle
David Kyle

Former COO, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former COO, Acumen

David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world. Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07. Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK.

Rob Fleisher
Rob Fleisher

Director of School Partnerships, CommonLit

Rob Fleisher

Rob Fleisher

Director of School Partnerships, CommonLit

Rob Fleisher is the Director of School Partnerships at CommonLit. Rob joined CommonLit prior to the launch of CommonLit’s digital platform in the fall of 2016. Since then, CommonLit’s free ed-tech program has grown to serve 45,000 schools and 5 million students across the United States. Rob and his team work closely with schools and districts around the country to provide customized supports. Prior to joining CommonLit, Rob taught Special Education English Language Arts in Washington D.C. for 6 years and was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member.

Toni Maraviglia
Toni Maraviglia

Founder of Eneza Education

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia

Founder of Eneza Education

Toni currently works for the predictive analytics company Uptake as a lead for their philanthropic vertical, beyond.uptake. She’s oversees the Data Fellows Program and the Student Union college matching tool for beyond.uptake. Prior to Uptake she co-founded a pan-African education technology company called Eneza Education, which currently serves over 2 million students across Africa. She also co-founded a program called WISERBridge in rural Kenya and was a Teach For America corps member.
Toni has been recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow, Bluhm Helmand Social Innovation Fellow, and one of EdWeek’s “People to Watch in Education.” She’s also an active mentor and supporter of the Uncharted network.
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.”

Byron Stanford
Byron Stanford

International storyteller and designer

Byron Stanford

Byron Stanford

International storyteller and designer

Byron is an international storyteller and designer with over 8 years of experience working with clients from around the world. He’s collaborated with multiple startup accelerators in Europe and the US and has helped companies with their design, pitch and communications. He has also had the opportunity of working with some of the world’s largest advertising agencies. In the past 8 years he’s worked on Presentation Design, Branding, Motion Graphics and Filmmaking for clients like Apple, Nike, Volvo, Coca-Cola, The Weather Channel, Atlanta Food Bank, and more.

Byron grew up in Europe, studied in Japan and moved to the US in 2013 to work for R/GA in New York. Most recently he’s relocated to Denver to reconnect with his love for the outdoors and snowboarding. You can see more about Byron and his work at www.NotJustBSDesign.com.

Denny Marie Post
Denny Marie Post

President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

Denny Marie Post

Denny Marie Post

President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

Denny Marie Post serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, a chain of 571 full service restaurants in 42 states and Western Canada.  Since joining Red Robin in 2011 as SVP Chief Marketing Officer, Denny has brought value to the organization in multiple roles, becoming CEO in August of 2016. Denny has more than 35 years of leadership experience in consumer-driven innovation, building teams to develop and execute strategies that create long term shareholder value.

Before joining Red Robin, Denny served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at T-Mobile USA. She previously held the roles of Senior Vice President of Global Beverage, Food and Quality for Starbucks Corporation, Senior Vice President and Chief Concept Officer for Burger King and several management positions for KFC USA, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Canada at YUM! Brands, Inc.

Denny is a thought leader in the restaurant industry, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum board of directors and as a Culinary Institute of American Fellow.  She is also a director on the board of the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Wyndham Destinations Inc. and Denver-based nonprofit Nurse-Family Partnership.

Denny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and social sciences from Trinity University. Denny and her husband, Patrick (whom she’s known since high school) are originally from West Texas and have a son, Daniel. In her spare time, she loves cooking, watching NBA basketball and traveling.

Denny’s favorite Red Robin burger is whatever the newest Red Robin culinary team creation is!

Andrea Perdomo
Andrea Perdomo

Co-Founder & VP of Marketing at Revolar

Andrea Perdomo

Andrea Perdomo

Co-Founder & VP of Marketing at Revolar

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

Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO of Propel

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO of Propel

Jimmy Chen is the founder and CEO of Propel. Propel builds Fresh EBT, a free smartphone app that enables food stamp recipients to manage their benefits, save money, and build their careers. Fresh EBT is used by over a million families across the country each month and has over 15,000 five-star reviews. Originally founded through the Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship @ Robin Hood Foundation, Propel has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine; their investors include Andreessen Horowitz, the Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant, and Nas.
Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. He has also worked at LinkedIn, Yahoo, and the World Bank. Jimmy has a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

 

Catherine Jaynes
Catherine Jaynes

Principal, Cicero Social Impact

Catherine Jaynes

Catherine Jaynes

Principal, Cicero Social Impact

Catherine has extensive experience in the public and social sectors in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Most recently at the George W. Bush Institute, Catherine was responsible for the development and execution of national and international programs, including Presidential Leadership Scholars. Additionally, she led the design and implementation of robust measurement and evaluation strategies across the Institute and, previously for the US Department of Education.

Prior Experience

  • Director, Presidential Leadership Scholars and Research & Evaluation, George W Bush Institute
  • Chief of Staff, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington, DC
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Education
  • Vanderbilt University, BS & PhD; University of Texas, M.Ed.

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.
  • As of 2017, 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 four hours per day on them.

    This may be true because just under 40 million U.S. households do not have internet access. As of 2016, 12% of Americans depend on smartphones for internet access.  This number is increasing and is especially conspicuous among millennials, nonwhites, and low-income households. In fact, low-income and minority Americans are disproportionately affected by the digital divide. 38% of households without internet access are Black. 36% are Hispanic or Latino. And 61% never graduated high school.

    Our phones are at the heart of what we do, connecting us with people, places, and ideas. Today’s social entrepreneurs are no exception, and with the help of Visible Connect, they’re finding ways to create more measurable impact in more ways than ever before.

  • The only types of companies who can apply to this program are U.S. nonprofit organizations. Fiscally sponsored organizations can apply.

  • 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 $10,000 grant; and cover your airfare, food, and lodging for your time in Denver, Colorado (August 13 – August 17, 2018) and your time in Denver for the Funder Event (October 2018).

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

  • From August 13 – August 17, 2018, we’ll run a 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado (all expenses paid 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.

    In October 2018 (exact dates TBD), the 10 chosen organizations will have the option to participate in a Funder Day, and 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 & 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 10 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 10 chosen organizations face challenge. Altogether, we aim to convene around 25 mentors at the in-person summit portion of Uncharted Mobile, taking place in Denver between August 13- August 17, 2018.

  • 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 Uncharted Mobile Tech 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 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