Banks Benitez

Co-Founder & CEO

As CEO, Banks is responsible for the organization’s strategy and long-term direction. A Denver native who joined Uncharted in the spring of 2012 as an unpaid intern, Banks has served in a variety of roles: leading entrepreneur selection, managing the mentor network, leading the expansion of the Institute around the world, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and team. Prior to Uncharted, Banks had a few other jobs and graduated from just enough schooling to land the unpaid internship. He holds a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in Australia.

Outside of work, Banks is taking piano lessons, learning how to be a good neighbor to the folks on his block, and spends most weekends in his tent in the Colorado backcountry. You can usually find him near the snacks at a party, or wherever there are snacks.

What Inspires You?

People who are intentionally telling a story with how they live their lives.


Banks cries more than anyone else on the team.