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Entrepreneurs Tackling Illiteracy: A look Inside Project Literacy Lab

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain

21 Albemarle Street

LondonW1S 4BS

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Today, more than 750 million individuals are not able to read this sentence. Illiteracy is a global crisis that spans all ages and geographies here and abroad and costs the world $1.19 trillion a year. Yet most people hardly give it a second thought.

Entrepreneurs Tackling Illiteracy: A Look inside the Project Literacy Lab is a unique opportunity for you to join us to see the groundbreaking work of entrepreneurs who are tackling global illiteracy and its root causes.

Each of the 12 entrepreneurs, who were handpicked to participate in the inaugural Project Literacy Lab held last July, will present on their compelling for-profit solutions in a TED-style format, sharing insights from the front line, and highlighting how their innovations are positioned to ensure universal literacy. These are not your typical startups. Collectively, these companies operate across 32 countries, reaching a total of 10,888,170 customers, employing over 530 people worldwide, and have over $60 million in financing to date.

The company line-up includes the world’s first customizable machine learning technology platform for the one billion people around the world with disabilities, a company that decreases recidivism by providing incarcerated adults in the United States with daily access to educational and vocational programming via tablets, and the fastest growing mobile app for Indian teachers that’s already led to 86% improvement in student outcomes. To learn more about inaugural Project Literacy Lab and the companies, click here.

Over the past year, these change-makers have been working all over the globe to improve the wellbeing of millions and help end illiteracy. Join us to hear what works, what doesn’t, and more about the critical role entrepreneurs are playing in closing the global literacy gap.


2:00pm Opening session (doors open at 1:30pm)

2:30pm Insights + Action from Entrepreneurs Wave 1

3:05pm Project Literacy Insights + Keynote

3:15pm Networking Intermission

4:00pm Innovation in Literacy Panel

4:40pm Insights + Action from Entrepreneur Wave 2

5:20pm Fireside Chat

5:50pm Closing remarks

6:00pm onwards, VIP reception and VIP breakout dinners with the entrepreneurs


What is the dress code?

The dress code is casual.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We recommend traveling by taxi or subway. Parking in the area is very limited. Green Park underground station is a 5 minute walk away. Bond Street underground is an 8 minute walk away.

Where is the gathering being hosted?

The gathering is being hosted at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in the Mayfair area of London. The address is: 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS, UK

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please reach out to info@unreasonablegroup.com with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No. Unfortunately we will not be able to transfer tickets once purchased.

Will there be food served?

There will be refreshments upon arrival and some light snack during the intermission.

Do I need to arrive on time?

Yes! Please arrive at 1:30pm when the doors open to get the best seat. The entrance to the theater for guests walks onto the speaker stage. It is important to arrive on time as we will be holding guests after the presentations have begun and allow access only during breaks.

Who are the Project Literacy non-profit partners ticket sales are supporting?

826 National
Book Trust
Doctors of the World
First Book
Nutrition and Education International
Raising A Reader
Reach Out and Read
Reading is Fundamental
Reading Partners
Room to Read
Parent-Child Home Program
Veerni Project
We Need Diverse Books

Can I also make an extra donation to Project Literacy partners?

Sure! Please visit Project Literacy donation page and be generous as your donation will support our non-profit partners' fantastic work.

What is Project Literacy Lab?

Project Literacy Lab is the world’s first international partnership focused on supporting rapid growth ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. Last year, the inaugural Literacy Lab brought together for-profit ventures, headquartered across 5 continents, from July 2–July 16, 2016, in a private venue just outside of San Francisco. Over the course of a two-week program, we aligned these entrepreneurs with the resources, mentorship, access to financing, and the global network of support needed to help them scale internationally and intercontinentally faster. Over time, this cohort will become a 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 by 2030.

What is Project Literacy?

Project Literacy is a global movement that aims to make significant and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy so that all people – regardless of geography, language, race, class, or gender – have the opportunity to fulfill their potential through the power of words. Founded and convened by Pearson, the world’s learning company, Project

Literacy brings together a diverse and global cross-section of people and organizations to help unlock the potential of individuals, families and communities everywhere so that by 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy. Watch Project Literacy's new video here.

Why literacy?

Today, over 750 million people lack basic reading and writing skills. And yet, since 2000, progress on literacy has stalled. In some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, it has even declined. Something needs to change. With one out of every ten people on this planet locked out of the opportunities that literacy can bring to improve their lives and livelihoods, progress requires all of us to be part of the solution. Pearson convened the global campaign Project Literacy in the belief that now more than ever, tackling illiteracy should be on everyone’s agenda. Additionally, it is only through cross-sector action that we can accelerate progress on sustainable development and put our global community on a path of economic, environmental and social prosperity. Pearson and Unreasonable both believe illiteracy is the key issue underpinning the problems of people all over the world. Still not convinced? Watch this video.

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