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.

Kuli Kuli Foods

Improving nutrition and farmer income through delicious moringa superfood products.


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


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

Natel Energy

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


Building the carbon dioxide marketplace via breakthrough carbon capture technology.


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


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

Cambrian Innovation

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

Zero Mass Water

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

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.


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


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

Mary Lemmer

Specialist // Founder and Improvisor at Improv4

Richard Demato

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

Mark Zanoli

Mentor // Vice Chairman - Technology Banking

Catherine Von Burg

Entrepreneur // Chief Executive Officer and President at SimpliPhi Power

Kate James

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

Ian Rosenberger

Entrepreneur // Founder & CEO of Thread

Adam Allamar

Mentor // Head of Digital Acquistition

Mark Thain

Specialist // Director, Social Innovation at Barclays

Zach Frisch

Mentor // Founder Raindrop Partners

Puneet Kaur Ahira

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

Linda Lorimer

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

Kamran Elahian

Mentor // High Tech Entrepreneur with 3 Unicorn IPOs!

Deborah Goldfarb

Mentor // Managing Director, Citizenship, Barclays

Amy Rosen

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

Jed Lynch

Mentor // Head of Social Impact Investment Banking, Barclays

John Kenny

Specialist // Vice President, Citizenship at Barclays

Brent Lane

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

Chris Yeh

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

Dan Ariely

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

Ashok Reddy

Specialist // Partner at Unreasonable Capital

Xavier Helgesen

Entrepreneur // CEO & Co-Founder of Zola Electric

Tom Chi

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

Ben Glass

Entrepreneur // CEO/CTO at Altaeros

Kathryn Mckinley

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

Rob Rouse

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

Divya Demato

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

Jennifer Cho

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

Elizabeth Littlefield

Mentor // Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Susan Alzner

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

Christine Latimer

Specialist // Think Digital, Do Digital and Be Digital

Perris Richter

Specialist // Senior Strategist at fuseproject

Erin Rand

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

Thomas Mattimore

Mentor // Managing Director at Barclays Capital

Betty Hudson

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

Debbie Phillips

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

Brandon Hurlbut

Mentor // Co-Founder of Boundary Stone Partners

Douglas Schmidt

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

Steven Edelson

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

Josh Burgess

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

Daniel Gerding

Specialist // Renewable Energy Investment Banker

Ted Roosevelt

Mentor // Chair of Barclays Cleantech Initiative

Lou Molinari

Mentor // Global Head of Capital Solutions at Barclays Capital

Travis Barnes

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

Alexander Isik

Specialist // Investment Bank Associate

Allison DiClemente

Specialist // Capital Introductions at Barclays

Moses Sutton

Specialist // Vice Presidemt, Equity Research at Barclays

Ziggy Liaquat

Mentor // Global COO at Pearson

Sucharita Dasa

Mentor // Director, Barclays Investment Bank, Industrials Coverage

Steven Cohen

Mentor // Director, Global Power & Utilities Investment Banking

Jennifer Aitken

Specialist // Associate at Barclays Investment Bank

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.