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Unreasonable East Africa: Giving High-Impact Entrepreneurs Wings

Unreasonable East Africa is replicating a successful model in Boulder, Colorado called the Unreasonable Institute. Each year, we will unite 10-20 entrepreneurs under one roof in Kampala Uganda for 5 weeks. These entrepreneurs receive customized training and support from 50 world-class mentors, ranging from:

  • Kamran Elahian, an entrepreneur who has started 10 companies (4 of which sold for between $70-$700 million and three of which IPO’d for over $1 billion),
  • Nick Moon, Co-Founder and Former Managing Director of KickStart, a company that has managed to lift 740,000 people out of poverty and created up to 150,000 new businesses, and
  • Asif Saleh, Senior Director of Strategy, Communications, and Capacity of BRAC, which has lifted over 100 million people out of poverty

In the process, Unreasonable Fellows form relationships with corporations and international organizations, receive legal advice & design consulting, and get access to dozens of potential funders.

Applications for the first class of Unreasonable East Africa Open TODAY

We are looking for East Africa’s most Unreasonable entrepreneurs.

Why should entrepreneurs care?

  • Learn from and live with 50 mentors, ranging from a founder of 3 companies with billion-dollar exits; to the director of strategy at BRAC, which has brought 100 million people out of poverty; to the co-founder of Kickstart that has brought 740,000 people out of poverty and created up to 150,000 new businesses.
  • Live with portfolio managers from at least 40 major impact investment funds like Khosla Ventures, Calvert Fund, and Acumen Fund and build relationships with over 250 prospective angel investors.
  • Get deeply customized support: mentors, investors, and training workshops are carefully curated based on each startup’s needs.
  • Join a global network of 100+ early-stage entrepreneurs from 37 countries, 100+ mentors, and the Unreasonable Institute’s 180 partner organizations, including HP, Teach For America, and TED Fellows.

Click here to learn more about what entrepreneurs get

Click here to Apply for Unreasonable East Africa

Deadline for applications is 7th November, 2013. Please feel free to send us a note on

The Search is on!

With Utmost Excitement,
The Unreasonable East Africa Team

Submitted by Unreasonable East Africa Team


Cultivating Creative Leadership in Challenging Times

On June 23, 2013, the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA) and Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) hosted a workshop of the Entrance to Enterprise (E2E) Alumni Network in Saida, Lebanon. Ms. Mona Hassouna of DPNA facilitated the gathering of 22 young participants from the local community.

The topic of the workshop was “Creative Leadership” and explored the concept of appreciative inquiry and the leadership skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. I had the great honor of representing CIPE at this event, and was inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of these young leaders to build a better community through entrepreneurship. The sense of camaraderie was palpable. These young people could have spent this sunny Sunday afternoon at the beach, but they chose to come together in pursuit of knowledge to advance themselves and their society. Continue reading ‘Cultivating Creative Leadership in Challenging Times’ »

Youth Creative Movement in Sierra Leone

I have a project which aims at training youth in paint and soap making productive business. The name of the project is Youths Creative Movement of Sierra Leone, west Africa. Our project trains community-based youth in paint and soap making, who are expected to establish their own enterprise, be our selling agents, or get employment elsewhere after being well trained and qualified.

The youth creative movement is an indigenous independent and non-governmental organization, specially developed to alleviate the excess poverty in our community. By promoting the social and economic powers of our youths–who are the active body of our society and 60% of the country’s total population–by providing them training courses in trades that will create jobs and self–employment for self-reliance and self–sufficiency, e.g. paint making, soap making. The movement is born from the global advocacy on poverty alleviation and the need to promote the living standards of our community youths.

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Russia – A CIPE partner, the Chechen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has secured a commitment this month from the Republic of Chechnya to help support a USAID-funded project that trains local youth to launch businesses and expand their employment opportunities. The Chechen government’s Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is pledging the ruble equivalent of $21,000 this year to support the most promising of those entrepreneurs who complete the program planned for this summer. Under the terms of the agreement, the aid will take the form of start-up credit or access to a business incubator. Under the three-year Promoting Entrepreneurship in the North Caucasus project, four other chambers of commerce in the region are in the process of winning similar detailed commitments.

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Changing Mindsets in Kurdistan Through Entrepreneurship Training

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Kurdistan Economic Development Organization (KEDO) implemented training workshops in Kurdistan in 2008 to assist would-be entrepreneurs with the skills needed to start their own businesses. Two of those trained were Mr. Ayob Abdulkadir Ahmed and Mr. Hazad Omar. Before attending the training program both held menial jobs and thought the Iraqi government should be the one providing them with jobs and wages. As you can see from this video, both developed successful businesses after the CIPE/KEDO training program.

Between the two of them, they have created 21 new jobs in the Kurdish region, Mr. Hazad by selling children’s clothes and Mr. Abdulkadir by running greenhouses to enhance produce growth. They pay above average wages to their workers and have learned to grow their profits.

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As a First Time Participant in Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kyrgyzstan Experiences Many Successes

For the first time in history, Global Entrepreneurship Week activities were celebrated throughout Kyrgyzstan. The Bishkek Business Club and the Central Asian Free Market Institute, along with several other partner organizations throughout the Kyrgyz Republic, organized a series of activities, lectures, and training sessions to promote and inspire entrepreneurship in youth. Despite being in its infancy, Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kyrgyzstan was a huge success garnering support from a variety of entities.

An unofficial opening event kicking off the week’s activities was attended by more than 50 individuals and featured high profile speakers including the Minister of Economic Regulation, Emil Umetaliev and local entrepreneur Azis Abakirov. Representatives from both BBC and CAFMI spoke about the various events of the week and announced a slogan contest. The individuals with the best slogans were awarded books on economics and entrepreneurship. Some of the winning slogans include: Continue reading ‘As a First Time Participant in Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kyrgyzstan Experiences Many Successes’ »

ILO’s Summer Academy on Sustainable Enterprise Development

Turin, Italy, 21 June – 2 July, 2010

The third edition of the ILO’s Sustainable Enterprise Academy provides participants with a unique overview of existing tools and knowledge about sustainable enterprise development.  This year the Academy has a special focus on youth entrepreneurship and strategies for governments and donor agencies to tackle the problem of creating new jobs.

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Changing the Image of Entrepreneurship Among University Students in Peru

The Peruvian think tank Instituto Invertir launched LíderAcción, a leadership and entrepreneurship program for university students from rural Peru. This program, now in its second year, has had a tremendous impact on improving the youth’s perceptions of a market economy and democracy. The program also helped students to achieve their dream of starting their own businesses. Working in groups, students developed 47 business plans for community development projects. Of these plans, a total of 12 businesses are currently in operation, and 5 more are in the start-up process. After completing the program, students have been encouraged to stay active by taking their knowledge and experience back to their home communities.

See the video on CIPE Development Blog.

See the winning 2008 business plan (in Spanish).

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The Entrepreneur Factory

Interestingly, the most recent projects in the area of youth entrepreneurship have been initiated at an academic level. One of these initiatives is the “Entrepreneur Factory”, a program that has been developed by the Career Center, a Romanian organization aiming to help students and recent graduates to start a career.

The rationale behind this program is that well trained entrepreneurs will be client-oriented and will aim to achieve excellence in their fields. Subsequently, they will expect their employees and coworkers to exhibit the same type of attitude, thereby contributing to the dissemination of best practices on a larger scale, as well as the promotion of professionalism. At the same time, they will contribute to the development of a sustainable and creative business environment that can only benefit the entire Romanian society. Continue reading ‘The Entrepreneur Factory’ »

Universities Engage in Promoting Romanian Students’ Entrepreneurial Skills

There is no doubt that the issue of youth entrepreneurship has been attracting attention from the media, as well as various national and international NGOs. The novelty is that it is now in the limelight from an academic point of view: two Romanian universities (Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, and “Politehnica” University, Bucharest) have joined hands with the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the University for Applied Sciences (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), in their efforts to promote entrepreneurship among students.

The project — “Young entrepreneurs in Europe. Promoting entrepreneurial culture and developing entrepreneurial skills among students from private and public universities in Bucharest, through transnational partnership” — was initiated in October 2009 and will last 18 months. Throughout this period, the project will receive funding from the European Social Fund, through the program “Invest in people!”, which aims to develop human resources in the timeframe 2007-2013. Continue reading ‘Universities Engage in Promoting Romanian Students’ Entrepreneurial Skills’ »