What We Do

Unreasonable Institute gets entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems at programs ranging from 5 days to 5 weeks. We do this by identifying entrepreneurs with the potential to address problems like poverty, lack of education, and social injustice at scale, and then by swarming them with hand-picked mentors, funders, and partners to help grow their impact. And once entrepreneurs leave our program they can forever access and engage with this global network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and funders that now spans over 50 countries. Our goal is to help each of these ventures scale up to meaningfully impact the lives of at least one million people each.

  • Institutes

    Institutes unite 10-20 entrepreneurs to live under the same roof, in one house for multiple weeks, with the mentorship and a curriculum to take their business to the next level.

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  • Labs

    Labs are focused five-day accelerators that teach certain elements taught at an Institute (for example, business model validation or investment preparedness).

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  • Investor Days

    Investor Days are events where Institute Alumni and funders to get capital flowing. They also have “Boot Camps” to teach funders new to impact investing.

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Our flagship programs are “Institutes”, which unite 10-20 entrepreneurs to live under the same roof for 4-5 weeks in one house. There, they receive training from world-class mentors, ranging from the Chairman of the Board at Whole Foods, to the former head of user experience at Google X, to an entrepreneur who’s enabled over 20 million farmers to move out of poverty. In the process, they form relationships with Financial Architects and Capital Partners who help them prepare for fundraising. Participants in Institutes are also eligible to attend our Unreasonable Investor Days events that allows them to connect with more than 100 prospective funders in person.

We have a Global Institute (in Colorado, USA), an East Africa Institute (in Uganda) and a Mexico Institute each run by independent Institute teams. 116 companies from 58 countries have come through Unreasonable’s three Institutes. As a snapshot, the 93 ventures that have attended the Global Institute have reached more than 8 million people with their products and services. 93% of them have have raised funds, totaling over $72 million!

Labs (New in 2015!)

Unreasonable Labs are five-day accelerator for early-stage entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges — it’s like a mini-Institute! They focus on certain subsets of things taught at an Institute (for example, business model validation and investment preparedness).

In 2015 we are supporting the launching of 12 Labs around the world. They will be run by local teams. These Labs will serve locally-based entrepreneurs seeking to address a specific challenge in their venture. Each Lab team enlists their city, country, or region’s highest potential entrepreneurs and brings them together with world-class mentors and funders.

Together, the Unreasonable Labs make up one global experiment designed to discover what it takes to be an unfair advantage for local, early-stage entrepreneur. Launching Labs will create widespread impact by working with over 100 entrepreneurs in 10 countries. It will also enable Unreasonable to explore the potential for launching future Institutes in new locations, and it will unite a network of leaders all dedicated to being Unreasonable.

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Investor Days

Unreasonable Investor Days unite Unreasonable Institute Alumni with 100 investors, angels, foundations. The goal? To mobilize capital to create massive global impact. It’s not about pitches. It’s about action. It’s about adding value to ventures trying to make the world a better place. We provide a structure that allows attendees to collectively move diligence and deals forward by making room for funders to connect with thrice-vetted ventures and ample time for conspiring with peer funders.

Investor Days tickets are for funders and funding resources only. As for ventures, Investor Days is only open for Unreasonable Institute Alumni. Non-Unreasonable ventures should not sign up for this event but should instead consider applying to the Unreasonable Institute.

For those new to impact investing wanting to learn the ropes, we also host Funder Boot Camps.

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