Early Childhood Accelerator

Denver // June 19th – 24th, 2016

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The Problem:
Millions of kids ages 0-5 from low-income families in the United States don’t have access to the education, healthcare, and information they need to break the cycle of poverty. But studies show that early intervention can have long-lasting positive impact for children from low-income homes.

Our Program / What We’re Doing About It:
We are running this accelerator to massively support entrepreneurs developing innovative, scalable solutions to improve the lives of low-income children ages 0 to 5 in the United States. Our goal? Use the assets of the Unreasonable Institute to get these entrepreneurs the training, mentorship and capital they need to scale their ventures and positively impact 1,000,000+ kids each.

The program will be in person from June 19th – 24th, 2016, but will include additional support before and long after these dates. During the whole spectrum of support we will customize a curriculum and mentor introductions based on entrepreneur needs. We will connect them to our 250+ funder network. We will help them overcome the biggest hurdles they are facing today and set them up with the people to help them overcome all future hurdles they will face! Oh…and to sweeten the deal selected entrepreneurs will have ALL costs covered!

Applications are now closed.

An accelerator dedicated to improving the lives of millions of low-income kids.

Interested? Read On!


13 ventures from around the US solving big problems in Early Childhood Development


Once we understand entrepreneur needs, we custom-match them to the most relevant of our 250+ Unreasonable Mentors before, during and after the program (since needs change over time). Here are some example mentors. See all our mentors here.

Early Childhood Innovation Forum (Join Us!)

Working together to build a better future for kids.

The entrepreneurs attending this accelerator are seeking to dramatically improve the lives of low-income kids across the United States, but they can’t do it alone. Therefore, we are hosting the first ever Early Childhood Development Innovation Forum that will bring together government officials, experienced funders, teachers, advocates and proven practitioners in the space in an effort to (1) Help our entrepreneurs scale, (2) Develop a repeatable methodology for scaling innovations in Early Childhood Development.

To do this we’ve partnered with Tom Chi, former UX Lead at Google X and progenitor of the rapid prototyping methodology, to guide those in attendance through a process of coordinated action to help these entrepreneurs scale.

The Innovation Forum will take place on Thursday, June 23rd and is free for attendees. Those interested in joining please email our teammate Sara.

FAQ’s & More About This Program

Gary Community Investments, which includes the Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families. Learn more here.
Early Childhood Development entrepreneurship is a broad category that includes anyone working to improve the lives of kids age 0-5.

Some examples of the kinds of ventures we’re looking for include ventures that are addressing:

Early learning including all domains of school readiness
Family support including strategies to address early adversity, parent education and parent engagement
Healthy development including access, coverage, screening, and social determinants of health

– Access to world-class mentors

– Access to strategic capital

– Workshops and curriculum to accelerate your business

– An all expenses paid week in Denver, Colorado, including food, lodging, roundtrip transportation and the full training. In short, entrepreneurs pay nothing to attend!

June 19-24th, 2016.
City: Denver, Colorado, USA.

Hotel: The beautiful Crawford Hotel at Historic Union Station in Denver.

Program Work Area: The spacious, gorgeous offices of Gary Community Investments a stones throw from the hotel.

We’ve partnered with Gary Community Investments to make this program free of cost for entrepreneurs. We’ll also cover all housing and travel costs.
You are eligible for this program if:

-Your venture is addressing Early Childhood Development (with preference to those working in low-income communities)
-Your venture is based in the US
-You’re able to attend the entire 5 day program
-Your application is NOT faith, research, or lobby-based
-You’re at least 18 years of age

No. This accelerator is focused on US-based ventures. But if this program is successful, we will help scale these ventures to new parts of the world and replicate this program elsewhere.
– Your solution is highly scalable
– You’re applying your solution in a low-income setting
– Your impact can be applied in Colorado
The objectives of this program are to:

1) find ventures with viable potential solutions to challenges in early childhood development in low-income families.

2) help ventures pioneering those solutions get the clarity, people, and resources they need to make their solution work and to scale it.

3) learn more about what works and what doesn’t work in the early childhood sector and share those learnings publicly

If this first program focused on Early Childhood Development is successful, we hope to continue to run it in partnership with Gary Community Investments!

Feel free to reach out to Sara, the VP of Venture Funding, at Sara@unreasonableinstitute.org
Great! Feel free to reach out to Will, the VP of Mentorship at will@unreasonableinstitute.org
We would love to explore sponsorship opportunities with you. Click here to email Tyler to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Some Past Unreasonable Early Childhood Ventures

The ventures of this program will join and connect with a growing list of global early childhood ventures that Unreasonable Institute supports.

  • One Degree Solar (Kenya)
  • Aunt Bertha (USA)
  • MANA Nutrition (Global)
  • Good Life Organization (USA)
  • Sudiksha (India)
  • Eneza (Kenya)
  • Source International (Global)
  • Naandi (India)
  • CoSchool (Columbia)
  • Koe Koe Tech (Myanmar)


Making it possible.