Applications open to "Unreasonable at Sea" for tech entrepreneurs who want to take their ventures into new international markets - apply by May 20!

For more information, please visit the following link: http://unreasonableatsea.com/application/

The Quick Overview

Unreasonable at Sea is a mentor driven accelerator for tech entrepreneurs who desire to take their ventures into new international markets. We are searching for technology based companies who are working to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of this century. Why Unreasonable? After seeing the success of the model of the Unreasonable Institute, Unreasonable at Sea will take a new approach. Instead of uniting entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial Hub of Boulder (as Unreasonable Institute does), we have partnered with Semester at Sea to launch this accelerator on a ship as it travels more than 25,000 nautical miles around the globe to 14 international destinations.

Over the course of the 100 day accelerator, the 10 companies we work with will have the chance to…

  • explore the local economies of 14 countries where they will experiment in taking their technology to market and will bridge connections with top government officials, foundations, venture capitalists, and serial entrepreneurs,
  • bring 2-3 core members of their founding team for the entirety of the program
  • be mentored by 20 world-class serial entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us on the ship,
  • be connected to and form relationships with top-tier globally centric venture capital funds and foundations,
  • go through an intensive accelerator led by the founder of the Unreasonable Institute and the founder of Stanford’s d-school,
  • live, travel, and work with 9 other extraordinary companies and their teams,
  • live, mentor, and learn from the over 600 undergraduates who will be studying abroad on Semester at Sea throughout the entire voyage, and
  • circumnavigate the globe on Semester at Sea’s MV Explorer (fastest cruise-liner in the world).

Click here to watch our video that explains everything in 2 minutes!

Who is Behind This?

Daniel Epstein, the founder of the Unreasonable Institute and George Kembel, the co-founder & Executive Director of Stanford’s d.school have teamed up with Semester at Sea, the only global shipboard education program of its type in the world, to launch this program: An experiment in transnational entrepreneurship that will set sail in January 2013.

Tags: Entrepreneur, Environment, Social Change, Technology, Unreasonable at Sea

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In what sense is this venture related specifically to peacebuilding?  Typically, the answer to this question is a vague assertion that economic development leads to, or is a prerequisite for, peace.  However, in violence-prone, "post"-conflict settings, narrow economic development is just as likely to exacerbate tensions and may (re)spark violence (militarized violence, social or gender-based violence, and so on) -- for a variety of reasons, such as unequal distribution of benefits, reinforcement of corrupt/ inefficient economic systems, through side payments to the boys with guns, and so on.  Unless there is an explicit peacebuilding component built into the above initiative, it is equally -- perhaps more likely -- to have a conflict-generating impact, as a peacebuilding impact, in conflict-prone areas.  Such questions are almost never considered when peacebuilding becomes a business.  But, of course, in this particular posting, there is no reference to peacebuilding -- which, then, begs the question, why is this posted on the pcdn?

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