Unreasonable Tokyo

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Unreasonable is coming to Tokyo!
Access to technology is leading to revolutions, uprooting dictatorships and creating new levels of connectedness and transparency. And yet pressing challenges like famine, war, lack of education, poverty, disease, clean drinking water, global warming and energy scarcity still persist. Unreasonable Institute and Semester at Sea have joined forces to create Unreasonable at Sea. A mentor driven program designed to equip social-tech entrepreneurs with tools to tackle these global challenges and scale their solutions to billions.

Unreasonable At Sea will sail around the world for 100 days with 11 of the world's most aspirational entrepreneurs and 20 top class mentors. We will stop in 14 countries to connect with top government officials, pitch in front of hundreds of investors and meet each country’s most acclaimed entrepreneurs. Be a part of this first-of-its-kind program and help solve our social and environmental challenges of today. Japan will be our first international stop. Investors, government officials, press and like minded entrepreneurs and individuals welcomed.

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(This time, 8 companies will be participating Startup Pitches) updated on Jan 23

Event Details
Date: January 27 (Sun)
Start Time: 15:00 ~ (14:30 venue open)
Venue:  3-5-7, DaikanyamaDG bldg 9F, EbisuMinami, Shibuya-ku

14:30 Registration
15:00 Introduction: Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO, Unreasonable at Sea
15:15 Keynote: Noriko Murakami
15:45 Keynote: Nao Suzuki
16:05 Startup Pitches (first half)
16:50 Break for networking
17:05 Startup Pitches (second half)
17:50 Break for judging / Lightening Talk
18:20 Feedback and Winner Announcement
18:40 Break for networking
19:10 VIP Dinner
20:40 End of VIP Dinner

Speaker Introduction
Daniel Epstein, Founder and Seafaring CEO
A fundamental belief that entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today has shaped Daniel’s life. By the time he received his degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, he’d already started three companies. In 2012 he was recognized by Inc. Mag as a “30 under 30 entrepreneur” and by Forbes as one of the “top 30 most impactful entrepreneur” of the year. Today, this passion for entrepreneurship and startups has led to the creation of the Unreasonable Group. The vision of Unreasonable Group is to create a collective family of companies that will, together, put the greatest challenges of our time where they belong… in a museum. Daniel is proudly the founder of many Unreasonable companies including the Unreasonable Institute, Unreasonable Adventures, Unreasonable.is, Unreasonable at Sea, and Unreasonable Media. Daniel believes in militant transparency and truthfulness in his everyday life and in the projects he’s part of. He also has an overt love for his hometown of Boulder Colorado and for his dog, Kaya.

Norio Murakami
Mr. Norio Murakami served as Vice President of Google Inc. In addition, Mr. Murakami served as the President and General Manager of Google Japan Inc. until January 1, 2009. He founded Groundhog Technologies Inc. and serves as its Advisor. Before joining Google in April 2003, he served as President of Docent Japan, where he established the Japanese subsidiary in November 2001. He built a solid foundation of leadership for Docent in Japan - and in the e-learning industry generally - through many partnerships including those with Accenture, NEC, and Works Applications. From 1997 to 1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Northern Telecom Japan. He started his career as an Engineer for Minicomputer Systems at Hitachi Electronics K.K. In addition to his service at Northern Telecom, he has held a number of management roles such as the Chief Executive Officer of Japan and Vice President of Corporate at Informix. Mr. Murakami has been Chairman Emeritus at Google Japan Inc. since January 1, 2009. He was a Member of the Board of Directors at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Japan. Mr. Murakami graduated from Kyoto University with a B.S. in Engineering.

Startup Pitch Judges
Norio Murakami: ex-Google Inc. Vice President
Shinichi Takamiya: Globis Partner
Shogo Kawada: DeNA co-founder and angel investor
George Kembel  Co-Conspirator, Design Thinker, Unreasonable Professor

Nao Suzuki
A publisher, NPO representative and board of director, Mr. Nao Suzuki was born in Bangkok and raised in Tokyo. He served as editor for the monthly web-magazine, Sotoko from 2002 to 2006. After going independent, Mr. Suzuki launched greenz.jp, a web magazine devoted to good ideas for daily life and to change the world. He also organized Green Drinks Tokyo from 2007, an event which the greenz.jp community can gather. Mr. Suzuki aims to make a society sustainable and exciting through media and communities.

What is "Unreasonable at Sea"?
Unreasonable at Sea is a radical experiment in global entrepreneurship, design-thinking, and education, designed to scale-up effective technological solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. We do this by hedging our bets on the most thrifty, resourceful, creative, and disruptive class amongst us: entrepreneurs. We are a mentor-driven accelerator for tech-entrepreneurs who desire to take their ventures into new international markets, and we choose to work exclusively with companies working on “intractable” social and environmental challenges. We could think of no better way to accelerate our portfolio companies‘ ability to scale across borders than to put them all on one ship, align them with some of the world’s greatest mentors, and set sail more than 25,000 nautical miles while visiting 14 countries over the course of 100 days. Watch our video that explains everything in 2 minutes!

Why we are doing this
In a world where communication technologies are nearly ubiquitous, where innovations in healthcare have doubled life-expectancy in just a century, and where dictatorships are being toppled by bottom-up revolutions propelled by social networks, it is hard not to be an optimist. That said, at Unreasonable, although we are optimistic about these trends, we consider ourselves “impatient optimists”. We are guided by a belief that although technology is rapidly solving some of the greatest challenges of our time, it’s not doing so fast enough and its benefits have yet to reach the most marginalized amongst us. Even with amazing advances in inclusive technologies, 2 billion people still live on less than $2 a day, another billion don’t have access to clean drinking water, and climate change is accelerating at exponential speeds. It’s our optimistic belief that entrepreneurs leveraging technology will help solve these grand challenges and it is our impatience that leads to a belief we cannot help them do so fast enough.

Great Mentors Supporting the Program (see the full list here)
We are a mentor intensive program. Throughout the course of the voyage, our 11 companies will sail, live, learn from, and be mentored by 20 of the world's most prominent innovators and entrepreneurs. Some of our mentors are Megan Smith (VP of Business Development, Google), Matt Mullenweg (Founder of Wordpress), and Archibishop Desmond TuTu.

This event is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Event Timeline
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Sun Jan 27, 2013
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM JST
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Conference ¥2,000
Conference (student offer) ¥1,000
VIP Dinner ¥5,000

On sale until Jan 27, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

Venue Address
渋谷区恵比寿南3-5-7 Japan
3-5-7, DaikanyamaDG bldg 9F, Ebisu Minami Shibuya-ku (5 minute walk from Daikanyama Station, 7 minute walk from Nakameguro Station, 10 minute walk from Ebisu Station)
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