Unreasonable Institute

www.unreasonableinstitute.org

Solving the world’s biggest problems by arming the entrepreneurs who can take them on with the mentorship, capital, and network to make it happen. We are an international mentor driven accelerator.

Unreasonable Group

www.unreasonablegroup.com

We are a portfolio of for-profit companies working together to serve as a catalyst for entrepreneurship. We aspire is to address the greatest challenges of our time. We are impatient, we experiment often, and we have a healthy disregard for the impossible.

UNREASONABLE.is

www.unreasonable.is

This website is a multi-channel blog and video library for those hungry to solve Big F***kin' Problems. Each day we publish 2 featured posts authored by some of the greatest entrepreneurs and investors of our time.

Unreasonable East Africa

www.unreasonableeastafrica.org

Annually we unite 15 high-impact entrepreneurs from around East Africa in Uganda for 5-weeks. There we provide them with mentorship, access to capital, skill training and access to the Unreasonable Institute's global network of support.

Unreasonable Capital

www.unreasonablecapital.com

Unreasonable Capital is an entrepreneur centric early-stage venture capital fund that invests exclusively into startups tackling seemingly intractable social and environmental challenges.

Unreasonable Galactic

www.unreasonablegalactic.com



Challenging our basic conceptions of space travel... but not just yet.



Unreasonable Media

www.unreasonablemedia.com

A production company dedicated to leveraging the power of stories to shift paradigms and solve problems. We are not your average production company.

Unreasonable Mexico

www.unreasonablemexico.org

We work with entrepreneurs in Mexico who are fighting social or environmental problems. Each year we invite 15 Mexican startup teams to live together for five weeks and participate in our mentor driven accelerator program.

Unreasonable@Sea

www.unreasonableatsea.com

Unreasonable@Sea is an experiment in transnational entrepreneurship to change the world. In 2013 we ran our first 100 day tech accelerator, on a ship, as it sailed over 25,000 nautical miles and ported in 14 countries.

Unreasonable Adventures

www.unreasonableadventures.com

We are bringing the sister industries of adventure travel & eco-tourism online. Our goal? Leverage eco-tourism as a tool for sustainable economic development and adventure for conservation.

” The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: The unreasonable one persists in adapting the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and Woman]. “


In the summer of 2008, 17 young entrepreneurs and innovators from 14 different nationalities were brought together for a 5 week experiment. Unreasonable Institute would later be born out of this program...
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The pilot program of 2008 ultimately failed & it was out of the ashes of that program that the Unreasonable Institute was born. The first brand name we came up with was the Global Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (what were we thinking?)...
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In early 2009, the founding team of the First Unreasonable Institute was forged. Ignoring the age old adage that says you should never do business with friends, they united first as friends, and then as co-founders...
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Drawing on the fact they are the world's best incubator (supporting their rapidly growing young in the harshest climate in the world), Unreasonable selected the penguin as its official un-official mascot! It's our version of a thank you card.
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We officially opened applications in October of 2009 for the our inaugural Unreasonable Institute. We had no idea how many companies would apply and from where in the world the interest would come...
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In January 2010, the Unreasonable Marketplace was launched. It was a grand experiment, it created our first business model, and ultimately, thousands of people voted with their dollars to select the first class of Unreasonable Fellows.
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In July 2010, 22 entrepreneurs from 16 countries convened on Boulder for the first annual Unreasonable Institute. The group of entrepreneurs, mentors, and staff became a family. That family became the cornerstone of this movement.
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A year later, we launched the second Unreasonable Institute. We sought out later stage ventures, we fine tuned our selection process, we launched the world's first Unreasonable Climax and this summer, we welcomed 24 entrepreneurs from 16 countries to Boulder...
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The vision behind Unreasonable Group found its roots at the 1st Institute in 2010. By September 2011, Unreasonable Group officially launched! The vision? Create a portfolio of companies that would unleash a movement.
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One of the first companies in the Group portfolio was Unreasonable Media. We had always filmed the Institute's in the past and believed then, and today, that the power of story is integral to any lasting movement. In September of 2011, Unreasonable Media was born.
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In October of 2011, SWAE Sports was re-branded Unreasonable Adventures. Adventures was the first company within the portfolio of Group directly solving a BFP rather than supporting an ecosystem around solving BFP’s (i.e. Big F***ing Problems)
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Third Institute // write out a few key differentiators and a quick story to the program
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We launched UNREASONABLE.is in the Fall of 2012 out of a long seated desire to bring the skills, lessons learned, stories, and inspiration that is shared within the walls of an Institute, to the rest of the world.
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In January 2013, we set sail on a 100 day voyage that would span more than 40,000 nautical kilometers and take 10 tech companies into 14 different countries. It was an experiment in helping entrepreneurs solving our hardest problems scale into new international markets.
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To properly culminate the Unreasonable at Sea voyage, we partnered with the US State Department, Stanford's d.school, and the Aspen Institute to launch Unreasonable@State - A global convening of investors, policy makers, and entrepreneurs...
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We scale to East Africa! // Write some kick ass text about first time ever going international
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We scale to Mexico! // Write some kick ass text about the founding story, team, and program.
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Our Values

It’s What Makes Us Unreasonable


We > I

We believe in pathological collaboration and we know that the greatness of what we achieve will be measured by the greatness of our teams, culture, and partners.


GYSHIDO

GYSHIDO is all about razor sharp focus and the art & craft of simply getting things done. Not familiar with the acronym? Visit www.gyshido.com.


MILITANT TRANSPARENCY

Hide nothing. This includes both what we know (business models, financials, our failures), and equally as important, what we don’t know. We value vulnerability over perceived confidence. We see strength in vulnerability.


DO WHAT WORKS = IMPACT

The desire to create significant impact is baked into our DNA and that of all Unreasonable organizations. We choose to focus our time, energy, and capital on putting a dent on our toughest challenges. We don’t ignore the data: we listen to it.


BE AGILE + EXPERIMENT BODLY

Unreasonable is founded by entrepreneurs and is dedicated to entrepreneurs. This means we experiment boldly, we adapt constantly, and we do so with the foresight that we will often times fail. We see failure as a necessary stepping stone towards success.


WWMD aka “What Would MacGyver Do?”

We believe in maximizing partnerships, realizing the potential of our team, not turning to “more money” as the answer, running a lean operation, and in short, doing as MacGyver would do.

Jose Medina

Unreasonable Mexico
Co-Founder + COO

Passionate about playing squash and football, playing guitar, and helping entrepreneurs across Mexico achieve their dreams.

John Bradley

Unreasonable Group
SVP of Content
UNREASONABLE.is
Editor in Chief

A 20-year veteran of the media industry, he is a former senior editor at Wired and Outside Mag. (i.e. he loves this stuff).

Joachim Ewechu

Unreasonable East Africa
Co-Founder + CEO

I run a pretty tight ship around here. With a pool table. It's a gaming ship. What's the worst that could happen?

Rehan Hasan

Unreasonable Group
Unreasonable Attorney

Legal guru, operations mastermind, tax expert, father to a beautiful family and husband to a beautiful wife.

Will Butler

Unreasonable Adventures
Co-Founder + VP of Partnership

Avid pursuer of adventure sports and the open air lifestyle. Rock climber, tech-nerd, and curious historian.

Banks Benitez

Unreasonable Institute
Chief Entrepreneur Office

Trouble-maker, community-builder, team-member at @beunreasonable. Believes that perfect love drives out fear.

Verity Noble

Unreasonable Institute
VP of Programming

Passionate about helping others find their passion and being Unreasonable!

Ashok Reddy

Unreasonable Capital
Partner

Experienced finance professional who has invested across a variety of industries and is deeply knowledgeable about fund operations.

Natasha Azizi

Unreasonable Institute
Director of Selection & Partnerships

Yoga guru, loves smiling, believes in the importance of connection, community, and a well cooked Persian meal.

Tyler Hartung

Unreasonable Institute
Co-Founder + VP of Investment

My background is nothing glorious or shiny, but it focuses on getting things done.

Teju Ravilochan

Unreasonable Institute
Co-Founder + CEO

Unlocking entrepreneurial potential to solve social and environmental challenges.

Kate Hanford

Unreasonable East Africa
VP of Venture Support

"a logical dreamer"

Beyamba Gilbert

Unreasonable East Africa
VP of Programming

Loves bringing people together

Jeff Hoffman

Unreasonable Media
Co-Founder

Dog lover, serial entrepreneur, CEO Hall of Fame, mentor, mostly bald.

Mark Crawford

Unreasonable Media
Co-Founder + Director

Producer, director, composer, world traveller.

Julie Markham

Unreasonable Group
Special Operations

Social entrepreneur, traveling enthusiast, Colorado native, Fulbright Scholar, all around Unreasonable badass.

Larissa Rhodes

Unreasonable Media
Co-Founder + Producer

Colorado native, loves good chocolate, Gyshido master, obsessed with making beautiful film.

Daniel Epstein

Group + Institute
Founder

Also the founder + CEO of Unreasonable Adventures, UNREASONABLE.is, Unreasonable@Sea, the co-founder of Unreasonable Media, and partner at Unreasonable Capital.

Fiona Hoffman-Harland

Unreasonable East Africa
Entrepreneur Liaison Officer

Raised with Northwest fun, run East with friends and adventure- venture on!

Raul de Anda

Unreasonable Mexico
Co-Founder + CEO

"If you don't want to be part of the problem... It's easy...BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!"

Mandela Ivan

Unreasonable East Africa
VP of Finance and Administration

Rebuilding and rewriting the African Story. That is what I do every second.

Rustin Coburn

Unreasonable Adventures
VP of Partnerships

Loves business development and brand strategy. Always seeking to be building dreams and inspiring people.

Luis Cabrera

Unreasonable Mexico
Co-Founder

Disinterested reader, storyteller by trade and dreamer of unfinished + social activist causes and outraged change and evolution + social entrepreneur

Cat George

Unreasonable Group
Unreasonable Apprentice

Cape Town enthusiast, wildcard specialist, ceaselessly inspired Unreasonable soulmate driven to make an unreasonably positive global impact.


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