Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Unreasonable.is.
By Daniel Epstein
The Girl Effect Accelerator represents the first program of its kind: an international accelerator dedicated exclusively to scaling up ventures that are positioned to benefit millions of girls in poverty.
Today, less than 2 cents of every international development dollar goes to girls — the very people who we believe could do most to end poverty. If we don’t put girls at the center of development, the world misses out on a tremendous opportunity for change. So, this past year our team at Unreasonable Group was privileged to partner with the Nike Foundation (co-founders of the Girl Effect) to launch this program in an effort to make girls visible to the entrepreneurial, business and investment worlds.
We launched our inaugural program this in November just outside of San Francisco. Throughout the program, we aligned 10 ventures with world-class mentorship, strategic financing and access to a global network of support. Our ultimate aim was to rapidly scale up the benefit these ventures can bring to girls in poverty. We are going to continue to work with each company on this mission into the years to come.
And check out Unreasonable.is over the next 10 days for a post with a TED-style talk that showcases the leadership of each of the companies and their unique potential to unleash the Girl Effect at scale.
Image of Ethiopian schoolgirls: Jessica Lea/Department for International Development via Flickr
Daniel Epstein is founder and CEO of Unreasonable.is.