Americas Programme

Virtual — September 2021

Unreasonable Impact Americas

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 sixth Americas programme will be run as a multi-week virtual gathering 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 run in Asia Pacific and UK & Europe. The ultimate goal of Unreasonable Impact is to create a global network centered around scaling impact entrepreneurs as job creators worldwide.


Ventures will be announced soon!

C16 Biosciences

Using innovative processes found in nature to brew sustainable alternatives to palm oil


Developing cobalt-free, high-energy sulfur cathodes for the battery industry at commercial performance levels


Unlocking investment in natural capital at scale


Using biotechnology to create the world's most sustainable dyes


Delivering a cloud-based, unmanned monitoring solution that provides real-time water intelligence and insights


Enabling the clean energy transition through long duration thermal energy storage

Navajo Power

Building an equitable energy future for tribal communities


Developing tunneling robots to efficiently and safely bore utility conduits through any geology


Designing the next generation of biopesticides using safe, environmentally-friendly peptides

Via Separations

Eliminating 90 percent of energy used during thermal separations with durable graphene oxide membranes


Unlocking cities with smart, conscious, sustainable mobility

Voyager Space Holdings

Reimagining space exploration to enable humanity's most ambitious projects


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

Aarthi Belani

M&A and venture deals lawyer

Abhay Jain

VP, Strategy at A+E Networks

Ada Wong

social innovator

Agate Freimane

General Partner at Norrsken VC - investor in early stage impact tech companies

Alex Lin

Chairman at ICOra Asia

Alexandra Davidsson

Secretary General at The Swedish Association for Responsible Consumption

Alison Chadwick

Executive Coach & Owner - Grow People

Alonzo Fulgham

Executive Vice President VIATEQ

Amanda Gardiner

Sustainability Operations @ Facebook

Amit Patel

EdTech Focused VC

Amy Rosen

Managing Director of The HOW Society, Board member, Entrepreneur, Strategy Advisor

Andrea Hartley

Founder of Skating Panda - driving performance through purpose.

Andrew Herscowitz

Chief Development Officer, DFC

Andy Boyd

Passionate about Sales

Andy Middleton

Chief Exploration Officer, The TYF Group

Angus Whelchel

Global Head of Private Capital Markets

Anthony Murphy

Founder + Director of Prime Advocates + Social Finance Hot Desk + Women of Impact

Aruna Bhinge

Consultant & Coach

Ashish Jain

Experienced Startup CFO and Senior Executive

Badri Pillapakkam

Impact Investor with a focus on Technology for Social Impact in India

Betty Hudson

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

Bev (Beverley) Wright

Unreasonable Board Member, Executive Leadership & Business Coach, People-Centric Approach to Organization Change

Bhanu Potta

Board Member; Executive Advisor on Products, Social Investments and ICT4D

Brent Lane

Founder and Former CEO of INROCK, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Carl Liederman

Strategic Advisor with 30 years experience in VC, Cross-Border M&A, PE, Capital Markets, Impact and Sustainability (and a bit of a ski bum)

Caroline Whaley

Making business more human - coach, women's leadership expert, serial team-builder. Nike brand/marketing and Nike Foundation brand building.

Chaitra Dutt Vedullapalli

Influencing corporations and entrepreneurs to create access to economic opportunities for all

Chantal Line Carpentier

Chief, UNCTAD New York Office of the Secretary-General

Chid Liberty

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Liberty & Justice

Chinedu Echeruo

Serial Entrepreneur; Named “10 Most Powerful People in Africa”

Chip Heath

Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-author of four NYT best-selling books

Chris Yeh

Investor, Writer, Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur and Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures

Chris Shipley

Author, Mentor, Entrepreneur

Christiana Musk

Unreasonable Chairwoman, Flourish Ventures, passionate about the future of food

Christina Aureus

Marketing and Communications, Asia Pacific

Colin Gayle

Founder of African Creative Agency

Dan Metcalfe

Director at Harwell Campus; Director/Trustee at Cambridge House

Daniel Izzo

Impact investing pioneer in Latin America

Danielle Joseph

Investor in environmental technologies

Dar Vanderbeck

innovation + social and racial justice + scaling strategy

Dimple Sahni

Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Impact Investor and Family Office Executive

Divya Demato

CEO, GoodOps | Supply Chain Sustainability

Eli Aheto

Managing Director on the BeyondNetZero team at General Atlantic

Emilie Colker

Partner at IDEO

Erik Serrano Berntsen

CEO, Stable Asset Management

Erik Engellau-Nilsson


Fiona Mckenzie

Entrepreneur, funder of some small start up/early stage businesses, philanthropist with focus on empowering women, restoration of depleted soil, and human/wildlife conflict resolution inter al.

Gautam Narayan

Partner at Apax Partners

Geetika Tewari

Director of Programs and Partnerships at INK Global Foundation USA

Gui Curi

Founder at Sunny Minds

Hannah Mansour

Transforming businesses to create a net-zero future

Hannah Jones

CEO the Earthshot Prize

Henning Trill

VP Innovation Strategy at Bayer

Ibraheem "Ib" Badejo

Senior Director of New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Jackie Chang

Director of Product Partnerships, Facebook

James Arroyo

Global connector through Ditchley, writer, board adviser and speaker

Jane Davidson

author of #futuregen and former Welsh Government Environment, Sustainability and Housing Cabinet Minister

Jane Kelly

Funder, Global South, Enterprise & Livelihoods

Jason Scott

Head of Startup Developer Ecosystem, Google

Jeff Hoffman

Serial Entrepreneur & Executive, Founding Unreasonable Board Member, Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Worldwide Motivational Speaker, Film and Music Producer

Jon Shepard

Director, Global Development Incubator

Jonathan Chocqueel-Mangan

Senior Adviser/ Strategist/ NED

Joseph Gridley

Supporting AgriFood Startups to Thrive in Southern Europe

Josh Burgess

Founder at Edge Effect Solutions & former EVP of Global Community at Unreasonable


Strategy & Mindset Coach, Focus: 7- and 8-Figure Entrepreneurs "High Performers who want to become Limitless-Performers", Founder Conscious Millionaire Institute, LLC, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Futurist, Speaker. Providing: Coaching, Masterminds, Training & Events. Podcast Conscious Millionaire Show with millions of listeners 190 countries, "Top 13 Business Podcast" (Inc Mag) / "The #1 Conscious Podcast Network on the Planet" (Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism)). Founder/Director Conscious World Foundation, Inc Non-Profit.

Kanwaljit Singh

Venture Investor in early stage, Indian consumer brands. Passionate about helping build new age millennial consumer brands.

Karen Pajarillo

Investment Council Member at How Women Invest

Karsten Ottenberg

Corporate CEO, Innovation & Transformation Architect

Kate Boydell

Advisor and Writer on Brand, Culture and Systems Change

Kate Coles

Partnerships Specialist

Kathryn Wortsman

Impact Venture Capitalist

Kelly Kimball

Founder and Chairman, VITU

Keyur Patel

Serial Entrepreneur - Media; Technology; Health & Wellness

Khalida Brohi

Women's Rights Activist, Social Entrepreneur and Global Speaker

KK Tse

Co-founder and Chair, Impact Partners HK, Chief Education Officer at Education for Good; Co-Founder at Dream Impact

Krating Poonpol

Early stage VC with > 100 investments with almost 1 Billion USD follow-on funding and President of Technology of KBank.

Lakshmi Pratury


Lars Svensson

Sustainability Enabler

Lila Tretikov

Board Director, CEO, Entrepreneur; Former CEO of Wikimedia Foundation

Lisa Neuberger

Social Innovator

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Chairman of the Board, Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator

Lorna Ross

Future Human Design; Leadership in healthcare transformation, wearable tech and human-machine compatibility.

Luisa Gockel

Impact advisor and investor, family office executive

Lybra Clemons

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert

Mahua Acharya

Carbon Markets and Climate Finance

Marcus East

Technical Director, Office of the CTO at Google / Advisory Board Member, CapitalG (Google's PE growth fund)

Martin McAllister

Creative Director

Mary Wan

Business advisor

Maryana Iskander

CEO, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Meera Vasudevan

Co-Founder, Center for the Spread of Affordable Wellness (C-SAW)

Michael Quinn

Partner at Q Advisors

Michael Schwall


Mike Rios

Head of Digital X @ UNDP Executive Office, Former CIO 17 Triggers, Meditation Coach

Mo Siegel

Owner, Capital Peaks Investments

Mohanjit Jolly

Global Investor and Advisor; Current Partner at Iron Pillar VC, Former Partner at Garage Technology Ventures and DFJ

Neil Redding

Founder and CEO, Redding Futures; Editor, Near Future of Retail; Writer; Speaker; Advisor; Investor; Catalyst. NYC | Lisbon.

Neil Cocker

Co-founder of Tomorrow Street, Vodafone's scaleup accelerator in partnership with the Luxembourg Government

Nicholas Glicher

Chief Operating Officer at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Norman Jones

Entrepreneur + coach + investment banker

Olivia Borsje

VP of Marketing

Paras Shah

African M&A and Corporate Lawyer.

Paresh Modi

Group Head of Business Development & Innovation

Pascal Finette

Co-Founder @ be radical / EY's wavespace Advisory Chair

Patrice Matchaba

Group Head of Global Health &Corporate Responsibility, Novartis AG

Patricia Wyatt

President & CEO Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Patti Chu

Chief Growth Officer at Mana Impact Partners

Patty Wexler

Early stage investor in breakthrough tech tackling humanity's big challenges

Peter Wuffli

Founder + Chairman of elea Foundation

Philip Au

Director at Huatai Securities - Cross-Border Investment Banking / Capital Raising

Phyl Georgiou

Head of Strategy at LeapFrog Investments; Previously: Entrepreneur, McKinsey

Praful Shah

Angel investor

Radhika Malpani

Board member/Advisor| Founder Google Images, Former Senior Eng Director @ Google

Raj Gollamudi

Managing Partner at OnePrime Capital

Rami Al Karmi

Author "ABNEWNORMAL" , Chief Innovation Officer & CEO ahlifintech @ ahli bank ... Master Jedi Coach on peak performance and exponential cross innovation

Reena Bhatt

Senior Director, Alchemy Capital Planning LLC

Revathy Ashok

Angel Investor, Independent Board Member, Co-Founder Strategy Garage (

Richard Brass

Purpose driven adviser

Robert Campbell

I use creativity, culture and chaos to reinvent the future.

Robin Cavonius

Entrepreneur & marketing nerd

Roderik Los


Romi Sumaria

Leadership Consultant and Podcaster

Ronie Mak

Managing Director - RS Group

Rowan Finnegan

Entrepreneur, Artist, and Impact Investor

Rénard Harris

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Charleston

Samir Inamdar

Co-founder, Managing Director and CEO of Forum Synergies. Former CEO for GE C&I and Tyco Electronics (now TE Connectivity) for India

Sara Kalick

Leadership and strategy consultant, The Possibilitarians

Satish Jayakumar

Big time founder & Small time investor

Shimi Shah

Director, Carousel Solutions Group Limited

Simone Ishikawa

Advisor, Founder, Lecturer

Sir Stephen O'Brien

International Businessperson; Global Leader: Humanitarian/Emergency Relief/UN+Multilateral/Global Health; Government; Diplomat; Politician; Lawyer

Sonia Hunt

Chief Marketing Officer, TEDx Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Food Allergy Activist

Soud Ba'Alawy


Stephanie Cole

Managing Director & Partner

Sundhiraj Sharma

Global investor and company builder

Susanne LeBlanc

Head of Special Projects, Global Sustainability at CHANEL

Tamer El-Emary

COO, CCO & Net Exporter of Talent

Thomas Hyland

EM, Impact and Sustainability Investor and Operator

Thomas Debass

Managing Director/Chief Partnerships Officer

Tom De Blasis

a designer that believes this world isn't finished, because our only problems are ones that we've created...therefore we can solve them as we re-design our world

Vivian Wu

Managing Partner, Ventures at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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.