In this week’s episode, we talk with Teju Ravilochan, the Co-Founder and CEO of Unchartered (formerly the Unreasonable Institute). Learn about the global entrepreneurs that Unchartered helps, the hurdles that some of these entrepreneurs face and why failure is an important part of the story.
Though accelerators around the world (from Sierra Leone to Italy), Unchartered runs mentorship and training programs for entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental problems. Problems like poverty, lack of education, and access to clean water. The goal is for each company to impact 1,000,000 people. Participating entrepreneurs go through 5-day or 5-week boot camp to learn to fundraise, build teams, prototype, and scale their impact through peer learning, interactive curriculum, and interaction with mentors.
Teju is also a Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, an Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, and a TEDx speaker.
“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.”
– George Bernard Shaw
00:40 – Tell us about yourself and Unchartered.
02:34 – What’s the most recent expansion of the institute?
03:23 – Who are the entrepreneurs that come to you and how do you help them?
05:07 – Entrepreneur example: The NBA board game that educates through Learn Fresh
06:40 – Is there a typical type of company that the institute focuses on?
07:14 – What are some of the biggest hurdles entrepreneurs face these days?
07:56 – Tips for scaling solutions
12:09 – What’s one of the biggest hurdles you personally have had to overcome?
14:13 – What’s it like to be one of three co-founders?
17:15 – Why Unchartered has a failures page on its website.
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[The podcast name 22Lightbulbs is from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders.]