2016 Lab

2016 Lab

Unreasonable East Africa Labs are 5-day hyper-accelerators focused on local context. Our first lab, with the theme of Business Model Validation, is designed to help idea/early stage entrepreneurs test and validate their assumptions to build a stronger business foundation. We will be uniting 10-20 carefully selected companies in Kampala, Uganda, for 5 days in a row in April 2016 (exact dates to be announced). Our goal is to help each of the companies we work with, no matter how small they start, to grow and eventually scale to meaningfully impact the lives of over 1 million people each.

You should be able to answer YES to the following questions in order to apply

Note: While the following criteria reflect the kinds of ventures we overwhelmingly prefer, we do not believe in blindly following the rules. If you don’t meet one or more of these criteria, then convince us that you deserve a spot at Unreasonable East Africa and apply anyway! That’s what it means to be UNREASONABLE!

  • Is your venture addressing a massive social or environmental problem? By this, we are looking for ventures tackling things like global poverty, the lack of access to quality healthcare, the spread of infectious disease, carbon emissions, etc. For more examples, click here for examples on past Unreasonable Fellows or read more about this in our FAQs.
  • Is your company based in Kampala, Uganda? For our first lab, we will only be taking companies based in Kampala, Uganda.  If you are outside of Kampala, but would like to participate in a Lab, please let us know by filling in this form. We will be adding new Lab locations based on demand.
  • Are you the founder or co-founder of your organization?
  • If accepted, will you be able to attend the ENTIRE Unreasonable East Africa Lab in April 2015 for 5 consecutive days in Kampala, Uganda ?
  • Have you developed a prototype and/or started a pilot? You have developed a prototype and have tested it on small groups of customers. Lab companies can be very early stage, but they need to demonstrate that they have done something to try out their idea.
  • Do you have a relentless entrepreneurial spirit and are you hungry to ensure your venture reaches global scale?
  • Does your venture have potential to scale? By scale, we mean, does your venture have the potential to reach over 1 million people over time?
  • Are you a for-profit, non-profit or hybrid organisation that is planning on generating revenue from sales? We consider companies that plan to become for-profit, non-profit, and hybrid ventures generating revenue from sales. We are less concerned about the legal structure you’ve chosen for your venture. Instead, we’re more interested in selecting ventures with a strong economic, cash-generating engine for growth, regardless of its legal incorporation.
  • Can you read, write, and speak in English fluently?

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?

Your application will likely not be considered if:

  • Your idea is for a research project.
  • Your idea is for a faith-based initiative. In this context, faith-based implies that your venture is associated with a religious institution or is promoting a specific faith. If your work has a spiritual basis but is not tied to any specific religion or faith, you may be eligible for consideration.

  • Your idea is for lobbying activities.
  • Your idea is for a charity based and/or foundation based organization. We do not select ventures that are planning to rely on donations and grants as their main source of revenue.


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