What We Do

Yes, we operate immersive programs for growth-stage entrepreneurs offering solutions to seemingly intractable challenges. Yes, we are also a multi-media company, a private global network, and an investment firm. We forge unlikely partnerships with some of the world’s largest institutions and most admired brands, and we operate multiple initiatives across asset classes, industries and geographies, because we are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to drive resources to and break down barriers for entrepreneurs solving BFPs.

 

What Makes Unreasonable Different

We are driven by a sense of impatience when it comes to putting a dent on the world’s toughest challenges. To this end, rather than working with entrepreneurs at the seed and early stages of their development like accelerators and incubators, at Unreasonable, we have found that the best approach is to support growth-stage entrepreneurs who are already wielding the most impactful solutions of our time. Today, our portfolio of just shy of 80 entrepreneurs is positively impacting over 200 million individuals in more than 170 countries. We focus on scaling what works.

“Unreasonable is a bit like the TED conference on steroids….but where TED brings luminaries together for a day or two to discuss a particular problem plaguing the world, Unreasonable focuses on the businesses offering solutions to those problems.”

“Unreasonable provides a wellspring of innovation thinking, and new business models that address both recognized issues and emerging global problems. In short, it could become a hotline to new intelligence in developing markets.”

“For those of us who puzzle over what it takes to catalyze the potential of promising entrepreneurs, Unreasonable offers an impressive case. It has unequivocally demonstrated the power of an unlikely mix of factors to yield profound organizational transformation during a very short time period.”

Meet Our Unreasonable Team

Ash Dumford

Social Media and Digital Content Strategist

Ashok Reddy

Partner at Unreasonable Capital

Aubrey Sanders

Managing Editor

Brittany Lane

Director of Media

Bryony Chesnais

Community and Events Manager at Unreasonable Impact

Colman Chamberlain

Global Managing Director

Daniel Epstein

Founder + Unreasonable CEO

Dave Smith

Creative Partnerships

Evan Patronik

Captain, Venture Selection

Hanna Kim

Executive Assistant

Josh Burgess

VP of Global Network, US Colonel with 25 Years Air Force and Special Operations Experience

Julie Markham

VP Operations & Finance

Katherine Bleich

Director of Investor Network

Lawson Kurtz

Senior Software Engineer

Liz Young

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Paul Arterburn

Director of Engineering

Raegen Leonida

Global Programs Manager

Reyna Godoy

Director of Global Programs

Ross Beese

Head of UK Community Engagement and Brand Relations

Scott McElroy

Video Production Manager

Whitney Heaps

Associate Director of Operations and Impact Management

Will Butler

Director of Global Alumni

Kaya

Unreasonable Dingo

Meet the Unreasonable Board

Christiana Musk

Serial entrepreneur, operating partner at Satori Capital, passionate about the future of sustainable food

Daniel Rosen

Co-founder of Mosaic (largest solar lender in the US), Unreasonable alumni

Daniel Epstein

Founder + Unreasonable CEO

Holly Gordon

Co-founder of Girl Rising, former producer at ABC & director of content at Tribeca Film Festival

Jeff Hoffman

Serial Entrepreneur, Experienced CEO, Worldwide Motivational Speaker, Board Advisor, Film and Music Producer

Matty Dorey

Serial entrepreneur, CEO at FACT0RY & Emergent , Blockchain expert

Unreasonable Group was created out of the desire to have the greatest impact possible on the world’s toughest challenges.

From the onset, we’ve believed that entrepreneurs building rapidly scalable businesses are our best bet for solving these challenges. To this end, our north star has always been to partner with and support world-class entrepreneurs positioned to bend history in the right direction.

Going back to the start, the vision behind Unreasonable Group found its roots at the Unreasonable Institute (rebranded in 2017 to “Uncharted”) in the summer of 2010. That summer a few remarkable events took place that caused our founder, and the founder of the Institute, Daniel Epstein, to see a larger opportunity.

By the time the inaugural program had come to an end, a number of the participating entrepreneurs had gotten a tattoo of the Unreasonable logo – on their body for the rest of their lives. Nope, we aren’t making this up and yes, we agree this is a bit crazy. Furthermore, a handful of the entrepreneurs pledged to donate equity back to the Unreasonable. The two things in life you can’t divorce from are tattoos and equity, yet the entrepreneurs who came out of the first Institute – and nearly all programs we have run ever since  – willingly got tattoos and desired to donate equity back to Unreasonable… We took note of this.

We began to realize that Unreasonable didn’t just need to be an accelerator program – it could be positioned to become a brand and a portfolio of initiatives that stood for something much larger. Today, our goal is to drive resources into and break down barriers for entrepreneurs solving BFPs… Working towards this mission, over the past four years we launched UNREASONABLE.isUnreasonable CapitalUnreasonable@Sea, the Girl Effect AcceleratorProject Literacy LabUnreasonable Impact, and Unreasonable Goals. Each initiative is part of our broader vision and grounded in our desire to drive exposure and support to the world’s most promising and impactful entrepreneurs. Even though today our entrepreneurs are impacting over 203 million lives globally and have raised over $2 billion in financing, we are confident of one thing… We are just getting started

Before we look forward, we believe it is critical to honor our history and most notably the teammates and partners who have taken us to where we are today. For the full story, please feel free to scroll through the timeline below.


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, and it was out of the ashes of that program that Unreasonable was born and in early 2009, the founding team formed. The first brand name we came up with was the Global Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (what were we thinking?)...
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A year later, applications launchd and In January 2010, the Unreasonable Marketplace went live. 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 entrepreneurs.
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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 which only accelerated at the second Institute in the summer of 2011.
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The vision behind Unreasonable Group found its roots at the 1st Institute in 2010. By March 2012, Unreasonable Group officially launched! Our ultimate aim was, and still remains, to unleash a movement around entrepreneurs capable of bending history in the right direction.
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We launched UNREASONABLE.is in the fall of 2012 due to a long-seated desire to bring the skills, lessons learned, stories and inspiration that are shared within the walls of an Unreasonable program to the rest of the world.
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We have always believed that the power of story is integral to any lasting movement. In September of 2012, our production company, Unreasonable Media. From the onset we had a maniacal focus on telling the stories of the entrepreneurs we support.
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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@Sea voyage, we partnered with the U.S. 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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Unreasonable East Africa launches to create a revolution for impactful entrepreneurs across the region. Led as an independent non-profit and representing the first regionally focused Unreasonable branch, the team is based in Kampala Uganda and is to this day creating ripples across the continent.
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Immediately after Unreasonable East Africa was forged, a small and mighty team in Mexico co-founded and launched Unreasonable Mexico. Today they continue to support the most impactful entrepreneurs throughout Mexico and help them scale their efforts to solve the country's toughest challenges.
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Unreasonable Group teamed up with the Nike Foundation to launch an intensive two-week program for entrepreneurs leading innovative startups positioned to benefit millions of girls in poverty: we called it the “Girl Effect Accelerator.”
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After two years of preparation, collaboration, and fundraising, Unreasonable Capital Fund 1 was launched in January of 2016. We support entrepreneurs in emerging markets who are solving key challenges related to endemic poverty — profitably.
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758 million people are not able to read this sentence because they are illiterate. So we teamed up with Pearson to launch a new initiative that would put this statistic where it belongs — In a museum. We called the partnership "Project Literacy Lab" and launched the inaugural program in the summer of 2016.
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In the Fall of 2016, we launched an unprecedented partnership with Barclays to support the fastest growing "green economy" entrepreneurs across the UK, US and Asia Pacific. We called it Unreasonable Impact.
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In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of 17 Global Goals be achieved by 2030 that include eliminating poverty in all its forms. Unreasonable Goals, founded in partnership with the US State Department, is dedicated to scaling the most effective entrepreneurs in the world to achieve these noteworthy goals.
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