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Asia Pacific Program

Scaling impact across Asia Pacific

Launched in 2017, we are now in our 6th year of supporting growth-stage ventures operating at the nexus of advanced technology, profit and impact.

To date, alongside our partners at Barclays, we have supported 102 ventures headquartered across the Asia Pacific that are uniquely positioned to create the jobs of tomorrow while solving our most pressing societal and environmental challenges. The Asia Pacific program is part of Unreasonable Impact's broader global initiative that is actively supporting 295+ ventures across the world.

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Meet our 2023 Asia Pacific Cohort

Each year we identify and privately invite a select portfolio of growth-stage ventures to join the Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific program. Below are the 13 ventures who are a part of the 2023 cohort.

This cohort is supported by a curated community of Unreasonable mentors, investors, and Barclays' colleagues. Together this community of support is dedicated to championing the growth and impact of the ventures now and into the future.
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102 Ventures are part of Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific

The Unreasonable Fellowship is supported by a global community of 1,110 Mentors — from industry experts to renowned executives and policymakers. Below are just some of the Mentors who are proactively supporting our Asia Pacific cohorts.

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Agam Khare

Founder & CEO of Absolute

Chloe Cheung

Impact Investor, Founder at Prosperity Impact and Senior Advisor at WWF

Claus Nehmzow

Innovation Advisor, recently in Biofuels, Maritime and Oil & Gas, also VR/AR

Gautam Narayan

Partner at Apax Partners

Hao Wu

Moonshot Factory Lead @ Novo Nordisk

Hema Annamalai

Co-founder & Former CEO of Ampere Electric Vehicles

Janice Chua

AVP, Citizenship at Barclays

Jeffrey Char

Founder & CEO of SOGO Energy and Founder & Chairman of TRENDE

Jianjia Chan

People & Growth | Innovation Culture | Strategic Operations

Kanwaljit Singh

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

Kentaro Kiso

President, Barclays Securities Japan

Kun Jiang

Health-Tech Entrepreneur with Successful Exit, Angel Investor

Lars Svensson

Sustainability Enabler

Lars Aagaard

Managing Director, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Head of Financial Sponsors, Asia Pacific

Masaki Takao

Co-Founder & CEO of Jeplan

Mike Rios

Head of Digital X @ UNDP's Chief Digital Office (ExO / HQ), Former CIO 17 Triggers, Meditation Coach

Prash Sivashanmugam

Head of Change Execution, Asia Pacific at Barclays

Regula Schegg

Managing Director, Circulate Capital

Renu Vasanth Kumar

Head of Citizenship, Asia Pacific, Barclays Bank Plc

Saideep Raj

Innovation leader

Sandhya Sriram

Group CEO & Co-founder of Shiok Meats

Shun Nagao

Early-stage startup investing Venture Partner based in Tokyo. Geneva born and Tokyo bred.

Sonia Gupta

Growth & Innovation MD

Thomas Road

Tsuyoshi Stuart Oda

Founder + CEO of Alesca Life

Vignesh Nandakumar

Investor-Operator, Environmental Sustainability eco-systems

Recent News from the Impact Asia Pacific Fellowship

August 15, 2023

Lead Recycling Market 2023 Business Scenario – Campine, Johnson Controls, ECOBAT, Exide Technologies

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August 8, 2023

Algorithm boosts potential for cotton irrigation efficiency

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June 9, 2023

Singapore startup Alchemy Foodtech partners Subway, Dingdong Maicai for new sugar-free sweetener

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May 29, 2023

Zypp Electric Plans to Deploy 200,000 EVs and Seeks $300M for Expansion

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May 9, 2023

Love carbs but want healthy eating? This S'porean couple know how it feels and created options for F&B businesses

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May 9, 2023

BP Ventures-backed BluSmart mops up fresh funding

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May 4, 2023

EV ride-hailing firm BluSmart gets $42 mn in fresh funding to expand fleet

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March 24, 2023

Blusmart wants ride-hailing glory by saying no to Uber, Ola's scale

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February 25, 2023

2022-2023 F.M. Kirby Impact Prize Winner: Essmart

Read on Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) | Duke University, Fuqua School of Business »

January 2, 2023

Electric Is The Trick: Why BluSmart Is On A High-voltage Ride - Forbes India

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December 7, 2022

This E-com platform gives agri-tech in India the boost it needs

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September 20, 2022

Getting innovative products to rural communities

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April 11, 2014

Social enterprise takes smart products to rural poor

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