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. 


Location: Washington DC


Unreasonable Group (aka “Unreasonable”) is a business consultancy firm with the mission to be the most effective platform in the world for entrepreneurs solving key global challenges (i.e. ensuring renewable energy reaches the 1.3 billion people currently without electricity, re-imagining the future of health care, or addressing the global unemployment crisis...etc). Through bespoke philanthropic and educational programs run worldwide by Unreasonable Alchemy, customized management consulting services, a globally oriented private equity investment fund at Unreasonable Capital, an extensive network of over 300 serial business leaders as mentors, and advanced storytelling and video production tactics with our team at Unreasonable Media, Unreasonable partners with and supports entrepreneurs positioned to bend history in the right direction. 

How it all began...

On January 9th 2013, 11 tech start-ups and 20 mentors (ranging from the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to the Founder of Wordpress, the Head of New Projects at Google, and the co-founder of Stanford's d.school), set sail on a 100-day voyage spanning more than 25,000 nautical miles and porting in 13 countries. These companies were selected by Unreasonable Group from nearly 1,000 that applied from just shy of 100 countries. Each company selected is today leveraging their technologies to solve some of the greatest social and environmental challenges of our time. (see all the details at www.unreasonableatsea.com)

The grand experiment of this trip around the world was to leverage for-profit entrepreneurship to solve problems usually relegated to international development and aid. The results? Join us to find out.

If you join us, you will meet with the 10 companies with the that sailed around the world (and 5 additional alumni of the Unreasonable Institute) and you will be exposed to the lessons learned after being immersed in the startup eco-systems of 13 countries. 

You will also learn about the U.S. Department of State’s initiatives to support entrepreneurs and innovation across the world, and the role of startups in tackling some of the same critical social, environmental, and development challenges that the government is addressing daily.



Here's a quick video on the background to Unreasonable at Sea