an ‘unreasonable’ request!

03/15/2010

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman.]” I am now writing with a highly unreasonable request!

I am a mentor and board member for The Unreasonable Institute, an organization that provides up to 25 young entrepreneurs from every corner of the globe every resource, every skill, and every connection they need to create ventures that are financially sustainable and can measurably improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. The Unreasonable Institute selects these 25 entrepreneurs to attend a 10-week intensive incubation program, where they undergo rigorous entrepreneurial training; receive legal advice, prototype consulting, web hosting and development services; gain access to seed capital; and receive involved mentorship from 50 entrepreneurs and investors like the Co-Founder of Google.org and an entrepreneur who has lifted over 19 million people out of poverty.

The hunger for this idea amongst young entrepreneurs has been incredible. The Unreasonable Institute received 284 applications from 45 countries and has now narrowed down the pool of applicants to 34 finalists. These finalists include former child soldiers from Liberia, Ugandan Refugees, Indian veterinarians, and MIT graduates tackling problems ranging from the transformation of agricultural waste into fertile topsoil and bio-energy to teaching illiterate children how to read through cell phone games.

Now to be chosen to attend the Institute, these 34 finalists are in a race to raise $6,500 (the cost of attending the program). In raising this capital, they demonstrate their entrepreneurial mettle and secure the chance to attend the Institute at no cost. The outcome of this race is up to you.

I sincerely request you visit the Unreasonable Finalist Marketplace, where you can learn about these entrepreneurs, read their stories, and vote with your dollars for the ventures you believe can change the course of history. Your small contribution can help an entrepreneur launch an idea that future generations may one day recall as having defined progress in our time.

The fate of these finalists, and the millions of lives they may affect, now rests in your hands.

With unreasonable excitement and gratitude for your consideration,

Ryan Fix

P.S. If you need even more inspiration, check out the Unreasonable Institute’s 1-minute video on its Finalist Marketplace here!

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