What We Do
Unreasonable Institute gets entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems. 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 mentors, funders, and partners to help grow their impact. Our goal is to help each of these ventures scale up to meaningfully impact the lives of at least one million people each.
We do this through two programs: 4-5 week Institutes and 5-day Labs.
4-5 Week Institutes
An Institute unites two dozen entrepreneurs to live under the same roof for four-five weeks in one house. There, they receive training from 40-75 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 20-40 investment funds, and receive financial modeling support and legal advice. Participants in Institutes are also eligible to attend Unreasonable Investor Days, a twice-a-year event that allows them to connect with more than 100 prospective funders in person.
So far, 116 companies from 45 countries have come through Unreasonable’s three Institutes. Collectively, their products and services have reached more than 4.5 million people. 79% of them have have raised funds, totaling over $53.5 million!
Currently we have three distinct locations, each running their own Institutes.
Five-Day Labs (new!)
An Unreasonable Lab is a five-day accelerator for early-stage entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. This summer, Labs are launching in 10 locations around the world serving locally-based entrepreneurs seeking to address a specific challenge in their venture– it’s like a mini-Institute! Each Lab location 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.