Americas Programme

Virtual — October 2020

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 fifth 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. The ultimate goal of Unreasonable Impact is to create a global network centered around scaling impact entrepreneurs as job creators worldwide.


Dandelion Energy

Replacing existing heating & cooling equipment with geothermal systems harvesting underground energy

Dishcraft Robotics

Simplifying dining operations, saving water, and reducing chemical use through robotics dish-washing innovation

Full Harvest

Empowering sustainable food waste management with the marketplace for surplus and imperfect produce

Goodr Co.

Providing an end-to-end profitable solution for businesses to reduce food waste and combat hunger

Imprint Energy

Developing ultrathin, flexible zinc-poly batteries that are nontoxic, high energy density, and more environmentally friendly than lithium

ISCA Technologies

Using naturally-occurring pheromones that manipulate insect behavior to prevent pest resistance and pollution

Miyamoto International

Providing resiliency expertise that sustains industries, safeguards communities, and prevents environmental damage around the world

Natural Fiber Welding

Transforming the soft-goods material industry from petroleum addiction and linear life-cycles to plant-based, inherent circularity

Opus 12

Recycling CO2 emissions into chemicals and fuels that are cost-competitive with petroleum-sourced products


Making local, renewable energy accessible to every American through community solar

StormFisher Biogas

Re-purposing the world's scarcest commodities in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner


Developing smart, sustainable, low-cost chemicals made of biomaterials to produce energy, enhance the environment, and fabricate materials and structures


Growing the world’s most scalable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly source of oil and protein


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

Partner, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Quire

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

Entrepreneur, Multi-Sector Executive, Strategy Adviser

Andrea Hartley

Founder of Skating Panda - driving performance through purpose.

Andrew Herscowitz

Chief Development Officer, DFC

Andy Boyd

Passionate about Sales

Andy Middleton

Founder Director of TYF Group

Angus Whelchel

Global Head of Private Capital Markets

Anthony Murphy

Founder + Director of Prime Advocates

Aruna Bhinge

Consultant & Coach

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

Executive Leadership & Business Coach who leverages the ROP (Return on People) to increase the ROI

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

How to Bring your Idea to Life

Chip Heath

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

Chris Shipley

Author, Mentor, Sense Maker

Chris Yeh

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

Christiana Musk

Serial entrepreneur, operating partner at Satori Capital, passionate about the future of sustainable food

Christina Aureus

Marketing and Communications, Asia Pacific

Colin Gayle

Founder of African Creative Agency

Dan Metcalfe

Head of Campaigns at Wellcome Trust; 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

Partner, Virgo Investment Group

Emilie Colker

Managing Director 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

Gui Curi

Founder at Sunny Minds

Hannah Mansour

Global Social Innovation Lead for Accenture

Hannah Jones

President, Nike Valiant Labs

Henning Trill

Head of Corporate Innovation 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 minister

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

Co-Founder at Good Machine & former VP of Global Community at Unreasonable

Karen Pajarillo

Investment Council Member at How Women Invest

Karsten Ottenberg

Corporate CEO, Innovation & Transformation Architect

Kate Coles

Partnerships Specialist

Kate Boydell

Independent Writer, Thinker, Change-maker

Kathryn Wortsman

Impact Venture Capitalist

Kelly Kimball

Executive Chairman, VITU (Motor Vehicle Software Corporation)

Keyur Patel

Serial Entrepreneur - Media; Technology; Health & Wellness

Khalida Brohi

Women's Rights Activist, Social Entrepreneur and Global Speaker

KK Tse

Co-Founder & 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 > 70 investments with almost 1 Billion USD follow-on funding and President of Technology of KBank.

Ladi Greenstreet

Leading change by investing in people & technology

Lakshmi Pratury


Lila Tretikov

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

Lisa Neuberger

Social Innovator

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Chairman of the Board, Emergent Forest Accelerator

Lorna Ross

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

Luisa Gockel

Impact Adviser

Lybra Clemons

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert

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 Innovation 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 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

Paras Shah

African M&A and Corporate Lawyer.

Paresh Modi

Group Head of Business Development & Innovation

Pascal Finette

Co-Founder be radical Group / Chair for Entrepreneurship @ Singularity University

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

Founder Google Images, Ex Google, Sr Eng Director , Advisor to mission driven startups

Raj Gollamudi

Managing Partner at OnePrime Capital

Rami Al Karmi

CEO of Ahli Fintech & Chief Innovation Officer - Ahli Bank ... Master Jedi Geek

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

Addicted to creativity, culture and chaos.

Robin Cavonius

Entrepreneur & marketing nerd

Roderik Los

Investment banking professional

Romi Sumaria

Community Builder and Serial Networker

Ronie Mak

Managing Director - RS Group

Rowan Finnegan

Impact Investor

Rénard Harris

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Charleston

Samir Inamdar

Co-founder, Managing Director and CEO of Forum Synergies

Sara Kalick

Leadership and strategy consultant, The Possibilitarians

Satish Jayakumar

Big time founder & Small time investor

Shimi Shah

Director, Carousel Solutions Group Limited

Sir Stephen O'Brien

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

Sonia Hunt

Chief Growth Officer, Biocidin, Inc.,

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 Debass

Managing Director/Chief Partnerships Officer

Thomas Hyland

EM, Impact and Sustainability Investor and Operator

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.