20 Mentors. 100 days. 1 ship. 13 countries. 11 ventures. 1 belief that entrepreneurship will change the world.
This week, a ship containing 11 groundbreaking startups, 20 world-class mentors, and an alliance of multinational organizations will disembark in Barcelona to celebrate the conclusion of the world’s first oceanic experiment in radical social entrepreneurship. Please welcome, Unreasonable at Sea: a 100-day voyage of discovery in global entrepreneurship and education to design solutions for the greatest challenges facing mankind today.
On Friday, April 26th, we have the opportunity to witness their Unreasonable Journey through the eyes of the startups and join their mission to change the world. Join us in Barcelona!
A little history and introduction to the change makers:
Unreasonable at Sea began with a conversation in the fall of 2011 between Daniel Epstein, founder of Unreasonable Institute, and Luke Jones, Chief of Staff of Semester at Sea, the only study abroad program to operate on a ship circumnavigating the globe. Their belief that entrepreneurship will change the world led to an action plan connecting entrepreneurs around the world and leveraging new technologies to solve seemingly insurmountable social and environmental challenges. But something was missing, the catalyst necessary to bring them all together and accelerate their projects into world-changing movements in social entrepreneurship. Enter George Kembel, founder of Stanford’s d.school. Together they made a commitment to launch Unreasonable at Sea and set out to find the projects who would join them on this journey.
However, it was going to take more than enthusiasm and goodwill to pull off a worldwide feat with such broad horizons. Who has the money, resources, and intellectual know-how to shake up the status quo and get things done: innovation-driven, multinational organizations and their talented team of founders, mentors, and entrepreneurial enthusiasts. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, SAP, Priceline, and WordPress (among others) are all represented onboard offering their resources and expertise, ready to transform these projects into game-changing global companies.
With the picture coming into focus, they sent out a call to action to social ventures around the world. It did not go unnoticed. Almost 1.000 startups answered the call and applied for the 10 spaces on the trip. Ultimately, 11 were chosen coming in from 10 different countries spanning across 5 continents. Without further ado, let’s meet the players of Unreasonable at Sea 2013:
Aquaphytex: Providing clean water to 300,000 people w/out chemicals or energy (just plants).
Damascus Fortune: Nanotechnology that transforms carbon emissions into material for spaceships.
Innoz: Most used mobile-app in India. Designed to leapfrog internet. +120,000,000 users.
Guru-G: Educates and empowers teachers through a “gamified” platform.
The IOU Project: Shifting the dynamics of supply chains in apparel in a BIG way.
Solar Ear: World’s 1st digitally programmable and rechargeable hearing aids.
Protei: Wind powered, shape shifting, open source sailing drones that clean oceans.
Evolving Technologies: Radically affordable medical devices for maternal care in emerging markets.
One Earth Designs: Harnesses the sun for cooking & energy. Ranked best solar cooker on earth.
Prakti Design: Feeding 250,000 people daily with ultra-affordable and fuel efficient stoves.
Artificial Vision for the Blind: Artificial intelligence leveraged as a non-invasive cure for blindness.
Some quick facts about the voyage:
Distance traveled: 25.000 nautical miles
Duration of voyage: 106 days
Began: San Diego, CA, USA – January 7th, 2013
Ends: Barcelona, ES – April 25th, 2013
Number of Countries visited: 12
Number of Ports visited: 16
Number of Startups onboard: 11
Amount of Venture Capital raised: $30 million+
- San Diego, CA, USA
- Hilo, Hawaii, USA
- Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan
- Kobe/Kyoto, Japan
- Shanghai, China
- Hong Kong, China
- Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
- Yangon, Myanmar
- Cochin/Bangalore, India
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Accra (Tema), Ghana
- Takoradi, Ghana
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Barcelona, Spain
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For the complete breakdown of this incredible initiative and all of the “Impatient Optimists” involved, check out the following resources:
Join us this Friday to celebrate this Unreasonable Journey and the beginning of something REALLY REALLY BIG!
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