The inaugural Project Literacy Lab brought together 16 ventures, across 5 continents, for a two-week accelerator outside of San Francisco, California, last July. Over the course of this program, we aligned these entrepreneurs with resources, mentorship, access to financing, and a global network of support to help them scale more rapidly across multiple regions and countries. As these companies continue to scale over time, we will become an R&D and insights engine into the rest of the world – highlighting patterns around what is and isn’t working – in our shared effort to sustainably ensure universal literacy.
On June 1st, 2017, at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, the entrepreneurs will present on their compelling for-profit solutions in a dynamic TED-style format. Join us to hear what works, what doesn’t, and more about the critical role that entrepreneurs are playing in closing the global literacy gap.
SAM BAKER grew up in Hampshire and studied politics at Birmingham University before embarking on a successful 20-year career in magazine journalism, during which she edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines, including Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Red. In 2015, she co-founded and launched The Pool, with broadcaster Lauren Laverne, with a mission to celebrate and amplify women’s voices. An award-winning digital platform for women that has been described as redefining women’s media, The Pool was recently awarded Best Mobile Lifestyle Site/App at the Webbys (also known as the highest honour the internet can bestow).
LILY COLE, actress, activist, and Project Literacy Ambassador, has been working with Project Literacy since February 2016, helping garner awareness about the devastating impact illiteracy has on a range of social and economic problems across the globe. She began her career in fashion and was the youngest model to appear on the British Vogue cover, then started working in film in 2006. Lily went on to be awarded a First Class Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from the University of Cambridge in 2011. In 2013 she launched impossible.com, a company using technology for social impact. Lily has spoken at The Houses of Parliament, Google’s Zeitgeist conference and Wired, and holds an Honorary Degree for her contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes from Glasgow Caledonian University.
The Project Literacy Lab cohort…
The Project Literacy Lab launched its inaugural program in July of 2016 in a location just outside of San Francisco. Throughout the program, we worked to align 16 ventures with world-class mentorship, strategic financing, and access to a global network of support. The ultimate aim of the Project Literacy Lab is to rapidly scale up the benefit these ventures are can bring to ensuring universal literacy worldwide.
Through running worldwide accelerator programs, a globally oriented private equity fund, an extensive network of over 300 serial business leaders as mentors, and advanced storytelling and media activities, Unreasonable is designed to exclusively support entrepreneurs positioned to solve society’s toughest problems. The Project Literacy Lab is a perfect embodiment of the type of partnership Unreasonable Group is eager to launch, operate, and learn from. For further information about Unreasonable, please visit unreasonablegroup.com.
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