There are 757 million people in the world who cannot read. This is a big, BIG problem and some of the various issues that people with illiteracy are more likely to be affected by is shown in this video, here. Pearson and Unreasonable Group share a belief that entrepreneurs are best positioned to come up with the new models and break-through technologies needed to close the global literacy gap. This is where Project Literacy Lab comes into focus. Leveraging the Project Literacy platform, Pearson and Unreasonable have co-founded a new initiative to wrap resources around the fastest growing ventures worldwide-each positioned to uniquely solve key challenges tied to illiteracy.

GEA 8_ Project Space

One Workplace worked with Unreasonable Group in 2014 on The Girl Effect Accelerator by providing furniture for the group to loan while hosting entrepreneurs who were positioned to benefit millions of girls in poverty. This year, OWP is happy to be partnering with Unreasonable again to provide a vast landscape of furniture from our Oakland Center for Active Learning to be able to use during this accelerator project. OWP is also excited to announce that our very own Chris Good, will be one of the mentors for the 16 ventures, headquartered across 5 continents, from July 2nd thru July 16th in a private venue just outside of San Francisco.

Over the course of this two week program, Unreasonable & Pearson will align these entrepreneurs with the resources, mentorship, access to financing, and the global network of support needed to help them scale internationally and intercontinentally faster. Overtime, we will become an R&D and insights engine into the rest of the world highlighting patterns around what is, and isn’t working, in our shared effort to sustainably ensure universal literacy.

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