2014 Unreasonable East Africa Institute for Social Entrepreneurs

Application Deadline: November 7th 2013

Unreasonable East Africa is dedicated to dedicated to tackling East Africa’s biggest problems by giving an “unfair advantage” to entrepreneurs creating solutions to East Africa’s biggest social and environmental problems.

Our goal: Help each of these ventures grow and eventually scale up to meaningfully impact the lives of over 1 million people.

These entrepreneurs are bringing bold vision to tackle big problems. They aim to make an outsized impact, often with a tiny amount of resources. But they face tough odds — as we know most startups fail within a year or two. Yet these entrepreneurs need to succeed. They deserve more than just a “reasonable” amount of support and resources. They deserve an unfair advantage to beat the odds.

Kampala, Uganda

Institute Dates:
Jun 25 – July 31, 2014

Open to ventures that:

  • Operate in Kenya or Uganda
  • Are early-stage ventures that are actively prototyping or iterating their product or service
  • Are typically not yet profitable, but may have generated some early revenues
  • Are for-profit or non-profit
  • Have a strong business model

The Unreasonable Institute  does this by selecting 10-20 entrepreneurs (called “Unreasonable Fellows”) from across East Africa  and uniting them under one roof for five weeks in Kampala, Uganda. These entrepreneurs receive customized training and support from 50 world-class mentors, ranging from:

  • Kamran Elahian, an entrepreneur who has started 10 companies (4 of which sold for between $70-$700 million and three of which IPO’d for over $1 billion),

  • Nick Moon, Co-Founder and Former Managing Director of KickStart, a company that has managed to lift 740,000 people out of poverty and created up to 150,000 new businesses, and

  • Asif Saleh, Senior Director of Strategy, Communications, and Capacity of BRAC, which has lifted over 100 million people out of poverty

In the process, Unreasonable Fellows form relationships with corporations and international organizations, receive legal advice & design consulting, and get access to dozens of potential funders.

We then continue to support our entrepreneurs as alumni… forever, or at least until the East Africa’s problems cease to exist.

Unreasonable East Africa runs for the first time in 2014 and is open to teams. It will run from June 25th – July 31st, 2014.Applications for the first Institute in 2014 runs from 23rd September, 2013 to 7th November, 2013.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2014 Unreasonable East Africa Institute

 Apply Now for Unreasonable East Africa


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