Unreasonable@State

Exploring the convergence of entrepreneurship, policy, technology, investment and international development

On May 1, 2013 the U.S. Department of State, Stanford's d.school, Unreasonable at Sea, and the Aspen Institute will co-host a global gathering of some of the most influential people on earth. The goal? Explore how and why entrepreneurship and design-thinking are key to solving the seemingly intractable challenges of our time. 

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Location: Washington DC

Schedule, Events, and Registration

- SEPARATE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH EVENT BELOW -



May 1: Main Event



"A Global Conversation between Startups and Innovators"

15 STARTUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TAKE STAGE TO EXPLORE THE NEXUS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 12:00 – 5:00 PM  //  U.S. Department of State, D.C.

15 companies who will be presenting have been selected by Unreasonable Group from over 1,000 startups in just shy of 100 countries and each shares a belief that their technology has a chance at solving the real needs of at least 1 million people directly. Collectively these startups have already raised tens of millions of dollars and are generating millions more in revenue. The companies will demonstrate the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in addressing critical social, environmental, and development challenges. 

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“Unreasonable Breakout Dinners”

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM  // Select Restaurants Across D.C.

Themed dinners will be hosted in select restaurants across the city.  These dinners will be focused on getting the "right people" around the dinner table to discuss topical areas of interest while sharing amazing food.  

Reserve your spot to join the Unreasonable Entrepreneurs, Cornerstone Partners, and high ranking government officials for an amazing night on the town. Please note that this registration guarantees you a spot at the table - you will be in charge of your own bill for the night. Bon appetite! 

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*Please note you will be in charge of your own bill.*



May 2: Design-Workshops

"A Bias Towards Action" 



“Investor Gathering - Accelerating the Flow of Capital”

Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 9:30 AM  – 5:00 PM  // Location: Aspen Institute, D.C.

Led by the Executive Team and Founder of Stanford's d.school and the founder of Unreasonable, this private event will represent a convening of top impact investors, venture capitalists, foundations, wealth managers, family offices, foundations, and agency directors.  This immersive, fast-paced experience will teach the hands-on process of design thinking, and will provide creative tools to apply it to specific complex problems.  Specifically  we will be exploring the complexity of capital markets as applied to investing in startups that can change the world for the better.  Together we will be joined by 15 startups with operations in over 30 countries to explore world class investment opportunities and re-evaluate our conceptions of what is possible in emerging markets.  These startups have already generating tens of millions in revenue and many have raised multiple rounds of investment. Beyond profits, they are impacting millions of individuals directly with their technologies, and have achieved operational scale in over 30 countries and 5 continents.  

The ultimate goal of this Investor Gathering goes beyond the incredible deal flow and is aimed at answering a broader question: how can we best support the next generation of entrepreneurs and accelerate the flow of capital into startups that are solving seemingly intractable social and environmental challenges.

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"Unreasonable VIP Evening Banquet"

VIP Banquet, May 2nd, 7PM - 10:30PM

Hosted at a beautiful (and top secret) location in downtown Washington DC. The VIP dinner will represent a small gathering of some of the worlds most influential investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, media moguls, and key foundations. It will be a night to remember.

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