Banks Benitez | Unreasonable Institute | 21 February 2013
After receiving hundreds of applications from entrepreneurs in 47 different countries, the Unreasonable Institute has selected 14 ventures to attend the 2013 Institute!
They’ve outlasted more than 200 other candidates, proven their integrity, humility, and thoroughness, and been validated by experts in their domains and geographies. And now, in order to afford the opportunity Unreasonable Institute offers them, they need help raising the costs of attending.
Each venture must raise the cost of attending the Institute to cover their tuition. The Unreasonable Institute has set up the Unreasonable Marketplace to help them and to give you the chance to help send them to the Institute. This Marketplace exists to make attending the Institute available to a wide range of entrepreneurs: past entrepreneurs have included a former child soldier from the Congo, a refugee from Liberia, and a farmer from Nigeria to attend the Unreasonable Institute.
If these entrepreneurs are able to raise their full tuition on the Unreasonable Marketplace they’ll secure the chance to work with 50-world class mentors, forge relationships with hundreds of impact focused funders, get 6-weeks of food and lodging, and build an ever-growing network of fellow Unreasonable entrepreneurs for the rest of their lives without having to pay a dime themselves.
What makes this year’s class of 14 ventures unique is that there are four ventures from India!
Chaupal (Aloka Singh) India: Chaupal is building a network of hospitals to serve lower-income populations in India. They combine these hospitals with a mobile health clinic and temporary health camps that set up in villages to extend the reach of healthcare deeper into rural India. They have so far provided healthcare access to 650,000 people in India.
Greenway Grameen Infra (Neha Juneja and Umang Maheshwari) India: Greenway Grameen designs and distributes biomass-fueled clean cooking stoves to rural India. They have generated $300,000 in revenue, selling their stoves to 10,000 rural households. They have reduced fuel consumption by 60% and emissions by 80%. Their cooking stove was recently named one of the top 14 design stories for 2012 by Fast CoExist!
Sudiksha (Naveen Peddalagalla and Nimisha Mittal) India: Sudiksha runs 18 affordable, for-profit, pre-schools for the poorest children in the slums of Hyderabad and the rural areas Andhra Pradesh. They have provided a high-quality pre-school education to 1,500 low-income children, charging each student $8 per month, and generating $75,000 in cumulative revenue.
Trash to Cash (Madhumita Puri) India: Trash to Cash trains adults with a variety of disabilities in India to collect trash and turn it into beautiful products that can be sold in India and elsewhere. Since 2008, they have generated $220,000 and employed 87 women with disabilities who would otherwise be without employment.