Unreasonable Lab Japan Launch Night (English)

Originating out of the U.S. based accelerator program, Unreasonable Institute, an inaugural event community party!

In 2013, the Unreasonable Institute could think of no better way to accelerate its 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. Throughout the course of the voyage, their 11 companies sailed, lived and learned from 20 of the world's most prominent innovators and entrepreneurs, including Megan Smith (VP of Business Development, Google), Matt Mullenweg (Founder of Wordpress), and Archibishop Desmond TuTu. The program was called Unreasonable at Sea and this radical experiment in global entrepreneurship, design-thinking, and education called Tokyo as it's first international port of call. Thus, Unreasonable Tokyo was born.

Two years later, the Unreasonable Institute has scoured the globe for ten locations for the inaugural Unreasonable Labs programs. Out of over 100 teams who applied, the Unreasonable Institute chose to work with the community in Japan not just because of the incredible startup ecosystems across the country, but most notably because the Unreasonable Institute is interested in exploring the potential for long term engagement between Unreasonable and Japan.

Ten Tokyo based entrepreneurs have been selected to participate in a 5 day workshop where they will validate (or invalidate) their business model ideas focused on the world's greatest social and environmental challenges. Unreasonable Japan Lab Night will highlight their efforts as well as provide a peek into our international mentor community and programming.

Being Unreasonable (why we're 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. 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.

Event details
Date/timeOctober 24th, 2015. 18:00 - 20:30
LocationDigital Garage (5min. walk from Daikanyama station) Accesshttp://www.garage.co.jp/ja/access/
Who: Open to the public. We welcome like minded entrepreneurs, investors, media, government officials or people who are just interested in these challenges and would like to support us!
Capacity:150 people

Program details*
17:30-18:00 - Opening
18:00-18:10 - About Unreasonable Lab Japan
18:10-18:30 - Fireside chat by Taizo Son (Founder and CEO of Mistletoe) and Daniel Epstein (Founder & CEO of Unreasonable Group)
18:30-18:50 - Unreasonable Japan Lab Participant Showcase
18:50-19:00 - break
19:00-19:45 - Mentor Round Table
19:45-20:30 - Networking Time

*Food and drinks will be served.

Mentors in Attendance*

・Aki Saarinen:Reaktor Japan, President

・Atsumune Saisho:Founder, Specified Nonprofit Corporation "e-Education"

・Daniel Epstein:Unreasonable Group, CEO
・Doga Makiura:Co-founder,
Needs-One Co.,Ltd.

・Jong Lee:RGL Holdings, TEDxHK co-curator

・Kaji Yoshimitsu:Accenture, Chief Marketing Innovator

・Keiko Koda:AsMama, CEO

・Manabu Tago: MTDO inc. CEO, Art Director and Designer

・Makiko Shinoda:Tokyo Itoi Shigesato, CFO

・Meri Rosch:App Strategy Labs Founder/CEO and Quality Time Lab Co-founder

・Rachel Foller:Tonle, Founder & Creative Director, Unreasonable Institute Fellow

・Taizo Son:Mistletoe Inc., Founder & CEO、Movida Japan Founder & CEO

・Yuishi Kawasaki:Smart News, Executive Officer

*Translation/interpretation support will be provided.

About Unreasonable Institute and Unreasonable Lab Japan: Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Unreasonable Institute provides entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems. The Tokyo Lab is one of ten international labs being launched in 2015. Together, the labs make up one global initiative designed to discover what it takes to provide an unfair advantage to local, mission-driven entrepreneurs.

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Our Sponsors and Partners

・Recruit Holdings
・epoch seed
・Impact Japan
・McGill University
・Slush Asia
・TOMODACHI Softbank Leadership Program
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