Americas Programme

New York — October 2019

Unreasonable Impact US

Unreasonable Impact is an innovative multi-year partnership between Barclays and Unreasonable Group. The initiative represents a first of its kind international accelerator network with programmes in the UK & Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific.

The fourth Americas programme will run this October as an intensive two-week accelerator designed to support growth-stage ventures across North America with needed resources, mentorship, and a global network of support. The aim of the Americas programme is to rapidly scale-up select entrepreneurs to create thousands of new jobs while addressing key environmental issues with highly profitable business models. Successive programmes will launch in the US and UK in late 2019 and early 2020. The ultimate goal of Unreasonable Impact is to create a global network centered around scaling impact entrepreneurs as job creators worldwide.


Unreasonable Impact is privileged to have worked with the following companies during last year’s Americas programme. Selected 2019 ventures will be shared in the coming months.


Building the world’s most advanced machine learning platform for Earth-observing satellite data and geospatial information.

Cambrian Innovation

Providing distributed installations to extract resources like clean water and energy from wastewater.


Recycling cotton garment waste to create premium, renewable fiber for the creation of new clothing.


Providing grid-scale electricity storage by storing renewable energy as compressed air.


Building the carbon dioxide marketplace via breakthrough carbon capture technology.

Kuli Kuli

Improving nutrition and farmer income through delicious moringa superfood products.

Natel Energy

Enabling climate resilient hydropower while maintaining the health of watershed ecosystems and the communities who surround them.


Providing renewable, reliable, resilient power through free-piston Stirling Engine technology.

Stony Creek Colors

Using bio-based textile dyes to bring sustainability to farmers while empowering fashion brands with transparency.

Vital Vio

Reinventing disinfection to safely and continuously kill germs, mold, and fungi with the flip of a light switch through advanced LED technology.

Zero Mass Water

Making drinking water an unlimited resource with SOURCE, a set of panels that make water from air.


Delivering nickel-zinc based energy storage and delivery solutions for mission critical industries.


We are forever grateful to the mentors and specialists who participate in the Unreasonable Impact Americas programme.

Adam Allamar

Mentor // Head of Digital Acquistition

Alexander Isik

Mentor Specialist // Investment Bank Associate

Allison DiClemente

Mentor Specialist // Capital Introductions at Barclays

Amy Rosen

Mentor // Entrepreneur, Multi-Sector Executive, Strategy Adviser

Ashok Reddy

Mentor Specialist // Partner at Unreasonable Capital

Ben Glass

Alumni Mentor // CEO/CTO at Altaeros

Betty Hudson

Mentor // President, Hudson & Associates; Former Chief Communications Officer at National Geographic

Brandon Hurlbut

Mentor // Co-Founder of Boundary Stone Partners

Brent Lane

Mentor // Founder and Former CEO of INROCK, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Catherine Von Burg

Alumni Mentor // Chief Executive Officer and President at SimpliPhi Power

Chris Yeh

Mentor // Investor, Writer, Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur and Partner of Wasabi Ventures

Christine Latimer

Mentor Specialist // Think Digital, Do Digital and Be Digital

Dan Ariely

Mentor // Co-Founder: Genie, Shapa, Irr-Capital, Irr-Innovations, and BE Works. Advisor: Lemonade, Qapital, and Colu

Daniel Gerding

Mentor Specialist // Renewable Energy Investment Banker

Debbie Phillips

Mentor Specialist // Director, Head of Citizenship for UK and Europe at Barclays

Deborah Goldfarb

Mentor // Managing Director, Citizenship, Barclays

Divya Demato

Mentor Specialist // CEO, GoodOps | Sustainable Supply Chains

Douglas Schmidt

Mentor // CTO, CIO, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Mentor, Investor

Elizabeth Littlefield

Mentor // Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Erin Rand

Mentor Specialist // Navigator for Fast Growing Companies; COO of Atipica

Ian Rosenberger

Alumni Mentor // Founder & CEO of Thread

Jed Lynch

Mentor // Head of Social Impact Investment Banking, Barclays

Jennifer Aitken

Mentor Specialist // Associate at Barclays Investment Bank

Jennifer Cho

Mentor Specialist // Director, Head of Citizenship, Barclays US Consumer Bank

John Kenny

Mentor Specialist // Vice President, Citizenship at Barclays

Josh Burgess

Mentor // International affairs executive and former VP of Global Community at Unreasonable

Kamran Elahian

Mentor // High Tech Entrepreneur with 3 Unicorn IPOs!

Kate James

Mentor // Former Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson

Kathryn Mckinley

Mentor Specialist // Senior Innovation & Product & Portfolio Strategist at fuseproject

Linda Lorimer

Mentor // Service as director of 5 public companies; former Yale VP for international and digital

Lou Molinari

Mentor // Global Head of Capital Solutions at Barclays Capital

Mark Thain

Mentor Specialist // Director, Social Innovation at Barclays

Mark Zanoli

Mentor // Vice Chairman - Technology Banking

Mary Lemmer

Mentor Specialist // Founder and Improvisor at Improv4

Moses Sutton

Mentor Specialist // Vice Presidemt, Equity Research at Barclays

Perris Richter

Mentor Specialist // Senior Strategist at fuseproject

Puneet Kaur Ahira

Mentor // Co-Founder & Chief Architect, shift7; Former Special Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Richard Demato

Mentor Specialist // COO, GoodOps | Supply Chain Transformation: Innovation, Technology, Sustainability

Rob Rouse

Mentor // Managing Director, Head of Americas Equity Research at Barclays

Steven Edelson

Mentor // Financier and Chairman of The Mercantile Companies, Inc.

Steven Cohen

Mentor // Director, Global Power & Utilities Investment Banking

Sucharita Dasa

Mentor // Director, Barclays Investment Bank, Industrials Coverage

Susan Alzner

Mentor // Co-Founder, Director of Strategy and Ops - shift7. Previously Head of United Nations NGLS

Ted Roosevelt

Mentor // Chair of Barclays Cleantech Initiative

Thomas Mattimore

Mentor // Managing Director at Barclays Capital

Tom Chi

Mentor // Founder of Prototype Thinking, Lab Director of the Planet, Former Lead at Google X

Travis Barnes

Mentor // Co-head of Global Debt Capital Markets & Risk Solutions Group

Xavier Helgesen

Alumni Mentor // CEO & Co-Founder of Zola Electric

Zach Frisch

Mentor // Founder Raindrop Partners

Ziggy Liaquat

Mentor // Global COO at Pearson

Exclusive Forum

Our goal will be to align the participating entrepreneurs with the top foundations, funds, family offices, and private equity firms providing aligned capital. This gathering will turn the traditional dynamic of investment — two organizations on opposite sides of the table — upside down as we bring together entrepreneurs and investors as peers in much more intimate and personal environment.