Acceleration lab

Acceleration lab

Applications for the Futurebound Acceleration Lab are closed. Accepted ventures will be featured at the Futurebound Summit, November 12th-15th in Denver, CO. If you’d like to learn more about attending the summit or other opportunities for support, sign-up for our newsletter.

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Futurebound is placing select ventures at the center of Colorado’s innovation ecosystem.

In partnership with Uncharted and Gary Community Investments, the Futurebound Acceleration Lab is matching eight ventures with pilot sites, investors, mentors, researchers and other partners who can help advance innovative solutions for young children, particularly those who are at risk or from low-income families. Ventures will receive $30,000 with access to more funding and the opportunity to showcase their solutions at the Futurebound Summit in November 2019.

what ventures receive

Ventures will receive a $30,000 stipend to explore the Colorado ecosystem.

We will work throughout the program to identify, grow and evolve pilot sites and customer testing partnerships, offering a range of opportunities for ventures to test their solutions and access new users.

We will introduce ventures to experts, mentors and researchers who can offer advice and support.

We will work with ventures to identify goals, needs and challenges, combining the three into an action plan to help each venture succeed in Colorado and beyond.

We will support ventures with additional resources, which will be adapted to each venture’s needs and could include access to a fractional CFO; fundraising coach; executive coach; and rapid prototyping curriculum.

Ventures will connect with leading peers, experts, investors, and the Colorado community during a four-day summit in Denver from November 12-15, 2019.

Ventures will be central to Colorado’s innovation ecosystem and have additional opportunities to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, pilot sites, and public- and private-sector leaders.

ideal ventures

We can help ensure that all children are bound for future success by providing them with supportive home environments, quality care and education experiences, and opportunities for healthy physical, cognitive and social-emotional development.

To support us in accelerating impact for all young children, we are seeking the following:

Early- to growth-stage ventures, or established organizations that are trying something new, including for-profits, nonprofits, universities and government entities that serve children, prenatal to age ten, particularly ones who are at risk or from low-income families. In addition, ventures should have a desire to use Colorado as a foundation for growth and impact.

We are seeking innovative, impactful and scalable solutions to child development’s most complex challenges. Ventures should offer a breakthrough approach to a problem, be uniquely positioned to solve an issue, or be combining strategies that lead to greater impact for children, particularly those who are at risk or from low-income families.

For more information on our ideal candidate,
please see the FAQ section below.

Acceleration Lab Partners

Ventures will receive eight months of customized supports and connections to pilot sites, partners and mentors. The following organizations and leaders are already participating in the program, with more signing on every day.

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frequently asked questions

Still have questions?

How many ventures will the Futurebound Acceleration Lab accept?

We will select eight ventures to join the Futurebound Acceleration Lab.

Where will the program be located?

Selected ventures will receive remote support before and after the Futurebound Summit, accounting for ventures who do not have a presence in Colorado. The in-person Summit, which selected ventures are required to attend, will take place in Denver, Colorado, November 12-15, 2019.

What is the cost of participating if my venture is selected?

There are no costs for selected ventures to participate in the Futurebound Acceleration Lab. We will cover airfare, food, and lodging for two leaders from each venture to attend the Futurebound Summit in Denver.

Who should apply to the program?

All information regarding the ventures, solutions and outcomes that we are looking for can be found here.

What is required of ventures that are selected?

All information regarding who must participate in the program, how much time those individuals must commit to the program, and the venture’s commitment to Colorado can be found here.

How can the $30,000 be used?

All information regarding the $30,000 stipend can be found here.

Are there other ways to engage with Futurebound outside of the Acceleration Lab?

Futurebound is a movement of entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits and other public- and private-sector leaders coming together to fuel innovation in child development. In addition to Futurebound Acceleration Lab, we will be hosting frequent events and activities to help create meaningful connections that have the power to accelerate impact for all young children. If you are interested in learning how to engage with Futurebound, please contact Sarabeth Berk.

Who is behind this program?

Gary Community Investments (GCI), which includes Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families. As part of its efforts to catalyze early childhood innovation, GCI is working to strengthen an emerging ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits, policymakers and other public and private sector experts in Colorado that is focused on fueling innovation in child development. The Futurebound Acceleration Lab is a partnership between GCI and Uncharted, and it is serving as the main activation event for the Futurebound movement.

Where can ventures get more information about whether they should apply?

Ventures can email Uncharted with specific questions. We are also hosting a series of informational webinars, and ventures are encouraged to join one to learn more. The webinar schedule and sign up information is available here.

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Futurebound is a movement of changemakers fueling innovation in child development. Together, we are creating a future where all children are bound for success.

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Gary Community Investments, which includes The Piton Foundation and Gary Community Investment Company, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado's low-income children and their families.

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