Our Story

In 2013, a team of five entrepreneurs set off on a road trip across the United States. Inspired by the UnLtd India model, our aim was to understand how best to fund and support entrepreneurs tackling social problems in the United States.

On January 31st, 2014, UnLtd USA took root in Austin, TX, with the mission to find and back the most promising entrepreneurs tackling pressing social and environmental problems, equipping them with the skills, networks and capital they need to transform the world in which we live.

What was begun by a small team eventually grew to include 100s, coming together as part of a network of mentors and investors, all with the common purpose of leveraging entrepreneurship as a tool to solve some of our generation’s greatest challenges.

Together, we backed 15 world-class teams from Austin, tackling issues such as access to higher education for working adults, sustainable agriculture and a more patient-centric approach to healthcare.

In 2017, UnLtd USA joined forces with Techstars to take our mission to global scale.

Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton, La Flaca Urban Gardens La Flaca's urban farming model grows for local chefs, caterers, and food artisans who are looking for responsibly-sourced, special ingredients.

Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton, La Flaca Urban Gardens

La Flaca's urban farming model grows for local chefs, caterers, and food artisans who are looking for responsibly-sourced, special ingredients.

Karyn Scott, Care2Rock Spun out of Kids in a New Groove, Care2Rock uses music and technology to support the emotional and psychological development of foster care children. 

Karyn Scott, Care2Rock

Spun out of Kids in a New Groove, Care2Rock uses music and technology to support the emotional and psychological development of foster care children. 

Ruben Rathnasingham, Prosodio Prosodio builds apps that support early childhood literacy. Its first app, Pointer, will focus on shared reading. 

Ruben Rathnasingham, Prosodio

Prosodio builds apps that support early childhood literacy. Its first app, Pointer, will focus on shared reading. 

Roxana Castro Camargo, Akumal Shop Akumal Shop seeks to break the cycle of poverty by selling high-quality crafts made in indigenous Mexican communities.

Roxana Castro Camargo, Akumal Shop

Akumal Shop seeks to break the cycle of poverty by selling high-quality crafts made in indigenous Mexican communities.

Sera Bonds and Anna Franceschi, Circle of Health International Circle of Health International works with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care. To date they have impacted 3.25 million women worldwide.

Sera Bonds and Anna Franceschi, Circle of Health International

Circle of Health International works with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care. To date they have impacted 3.25 million women worldwide.

Casey Smith, Cooking Up Cultures Cooking Up Cultures breaks down cultural barriers in communities by fostering cross-cultural learning through immersive language and cooking instruction.

Casey Smith, Cooking Up Cultures

Cooking Up Cultures breaks down cultural barriers in communities by fostering cross-cultural learning through immersive language and cooking instruction.

Paul Abumov, ScribeSense ScribeSense automates the grading process for teachers with 99% accuracy, saving teachers time and decreasing teacher turnover rates in public schools. 

Paul Abumov, ScribeSense

ScribeSense automates the grading process for teachers with 99% accuracy, saving teachers time and decreasing teacher turnover rates in public schools. 

Meg Erskine, Open Arms Open Arms is a USA-Made sustainable apparel and sewn goods manufacturer empowering refugee women through fair-wage employment.

Meg Erskine, Open Arms

Open Arms is a USA-Made sustainable apparel and sewn goods manufacturer empowering refugee women through fair-wage employment.

Joe Troyen, PenPal Schools PenPal Schools promotes cultural awareness and literacy across cultures, connecting students in classrooms worldwide to discuss global issues. 

Joe Troyen, PenPal Schools

PenPal Schools promotes cultural awareness and literacy across cultures, connecting students in classrooms worldwide to discuss global issues. 

Hudson Baird, PelotonU PelotonU blends online education and in-person mentorship to help working students get through college with greater learning and less expense.

Hudson Baird, PelotonU

PelotonU blends online education and in-person mentorship to help working students get through college with greater learning and less expense.

Diana Griffin and Cheyenne Weaver, GirlsGuild GirlsGuild uses a a hands-on apprenticeship model to provide real-world opportunities for girls and women to learn one-on-one from women leaders in their chosen field, building skills, confidence and creative voice.

Diana Griffin and Cheyenne Weaver, GirlsGuild

GirlsGuild uses a a hands-on apprenticeship model to provide real-world opportunities for girls and women to learn one-on-one from women leaders in their chosen field, building skills, confidence and creative voice.

Buzz White,  BlueHub Health (Acquired by Afoundria) Bluehub Health offers a digital platform for patients and healthcare providers to collect, store and share healthcare information, alleviating the administrative burden that diminishes the quality of patient care.

Buzz White,  BlueHub Health (Acquired by Afoundria)

Bluehub Health offers a digital platform for patients and healthcare providers to collect, store and share healthcare information, alleviating the administrative burden that diminishes the quality of patient care.

Eric Goff and Dustin Fedako, Compost Pedallers The Compost Pedallers are a bike-powered compost recycling program. Their mission is to transform an entire city’s organic waste stream into local food, all without burning a single drop of fossil fuels.

Eric Goff and Dustin Fedako, Compost Pedallers

The Compost Pedallers are a bike-powered compost recycling program. Their mission is to transform an entire city’s organic waste stream into local food, all without burning a single drop of fossil fuels.

Michael Hanan and Lloyd Minick,  Agua Dulce Farm Agua Dulce Farm is a certified Organic urban farm located in SouthEast Austin, Texas, using agricultural technologies to reduce land and water usage by up to 90%.

Michael Hanan and Lloyd Minick,  Agua Dulce Farm

Agua Dulce Farm is a certified Organic urban farm located in SouthEast Austin, Texas, using agricultural technologies to reduce land and water usage by up to 90%.

Igor Holas, Mentegram Mentegram improves the treatment decision-making of mental healthcare professionals through more robust, and more engaging daily tracking tools.

Igor Holas, Mentegram

Mentegram improves the treatment decision-making of mental healthcare professionals through more robust, and more engaging daily tracking tools.

Special thanks to the team behind the mission

UnLtd USA Team: Trevor Boehm, Tom Chalmers, Peyton Cunningham, Cristina Diodati, Mark Hand, Hanna Jamal, Tatiana Jessen, Margo Johnson, Jonathan Lewis, Zoe Schlag

UnLtd USA Board: Robin Bruce, Meaghan Casey, Joanna Harries, Jason Seats, Gavin Wilson

UnLtd USA Mentors: Neeraj Aggarwal, David Altounian, Mason Arnold, Evan Baehr, Josh Baer, Jon Bassett, Natalie Cofield, Chelsea Collier, Scott Collier, Cotter Cunningham, Matthew Dowd, Claire England, Rod Favaron, Dan Graham, Brandon Gredler, Erine Grey, Brett Hurt, Preston James, Al Lopez, Evan Loomis, Andrea Kalmans, Derek Keller, Brandon Marker, Curt Nelson, Phil Pompas, David Porter, John Thornborrow, Teo Tijerina, Jan Ryan, Cynthia Rubio, Alejandro Ruelas, Micah Sagebiel, Amos Schwartzfarb, Suzi Sosa, David Springer, John Stibal, Steve Wanta

UnLtd USA Funders: The Hitachi Foundation, Enable Impact, RetailMeNot, Inc., Tingari-Silverton Foundation, Austin Impact Capital, Notley Ventures, Greenstraw Creative, MAXIMUS Foundation