The last year exposed how fragile the U.S. food system is. In the west, farmers spent their summers fending off wildfires that threatened to destroy their land. The COVID-19 pandemic struck workers and disrupted national supply chains. And all across the country, the farming community reckoned with hard truths about its racist and exclusionary history.
Now is the time to take a fresh look at our food system and reimagine what it can be — technologically efficient, able to meet the demands of our growing population, and equitable for all farmers. In pursuit of this mission, we’re launching the Chipotle Aluminaries Project, a seven-month accelerator program that supports innovative ventures in the U.S. Participants will receive hands-on support, peer-to-peer collaboration, and connections to trajectory-altering relationships in our network.
Attend hands-on workshops focused on key areas of scale like strategy, leadership, finances, and systems.
Engage with mentors committed to funneling their expertise and experience into the next generation of leaders.
Work with a consultant to build out financial systems and models.
Prepare for investment through customized support and introductions to funders.
Access to a community of support and cohort-wide learnings between the ventures, mentors and other key partners in the program.
One free entrée at Chipotle every day for one year!
Ventures Announced (7/21)
Uncharted selects and announces eight ventures that are the best fit for the Chipotle Aluminaries Project.
Diagnosis (7/13 - 7/29)
Uncharted dives deep into identifying the challenges specific to each venture and identifies the people they need to help scale their business and create deeper impact.
Virtual Programming (8/2 - 10/28)
We'll host hands-on virtual workshops with focuses in key areas of scale, strategy, leadership, finances, and systems.
Ongoing Support (11/1 - 1/31/22)
Ventures connect with Uncharted staff through regular check-ins that focus on working towards hitting key goals and metrics.
The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is a seven-month accelerator program that supports ventures reimagining the food system to be sustainable, equitable, and efficient. The program connects ventures to the people and organizations they need to scale their solutions, including mentors, funders, and partners.The first cohort of Aluminaries graduated in 2019. The second cohort graduated in February 2021.
We believe we can most effectively support ventures in building their capacity through a combination of skills and network development. To that end, each selected organization is eligible to receive:
We will select eight ventures to participate in the program.
The Chipotle Aluminaries Project is supported by the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and facilitated by Uncharted, a Denver-based social impact accelerator.
Ventures will receive introductions to employees at Chipotle and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation throughout the program. The primary purpose of these relationships is mentorship. Participation in the program does not include a partnership or selling opportunity with Chipotle. That said, there is no exclusivity through the program preventing ventures from working with other sector corporates.
This year, the program will be entirely virtual.
Our goal is to design the program to meet the specific needs and challenges of ventures. Expectations and time commitments include:
There is no cost to selected ventures. We do not take any equity or a share of future profits.
The ideal candidate for the Chipotle Aluminaries Project is a for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid venture that is reimagining the food system to be equitable, sustainable, and efficient. Solutions in AgTech, education, and advocacy are preferred.