Addressing Economic Inequality in the U.S. with Uncharted

In this episode, host David Ponraj interviews Banks Benitez, co-founder and CEO of Uncharted, a social impact accelerator based in Denver, Colorado, to learn how they are addressing economic inequality in the U.S. The two discuss why Uncharted believes investing in early-stage ventures is the most strategic tool for wealth creation and empowerment and how they’ve built effective mentorship-driven programs for a portfolio of nearly 100 startups benefitting 47.5M lives and raising $254M. Later, David and Banks explore leadership, hiring, and purpose-driven team culture.

Learn more about Banks’ work and the Uncharted portfolio at: www.uncharted.org

About Breaking Down Barriers
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the U.S. to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers.

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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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