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Unreasonable Impact

COVID-19 Response Global Summit

The global impact of COVID-19 is unlike anything any of us has seen in our lifetimes. Barclays and Unreasonable believe it is imperative to support entrepreneurial solutions that are addressing immediate and long term challenges resulting from the pandemic. Together we identified 10 companies that are leveraging business to directly make an impact on COVID-19. Each of the 10 companies has been awarded a $100,000 USD grant and each took the stage, along with our world class keynote speakers, to share their impactful work with the world during what was a live virtual event on Wednesday July 8th from 12pm – 1:30pm EDT. If you missed the event or would like to re-watch it, we have made it available through Friday, July 10th, at 1:30pm EST.

This is not just another virtual event or conference. In addition to hearing the breakthrough innovative work of each of the 10 grant recipients, as a viewer, you will also learn about the key needs they have in scaling their impact. If you want to become a part of the solution we’ll make it easy for you to reach out to the CEOs and make an introduction. This is about the world not only being exposed to remarkable solutions but also playing an active role in scaling their impactful work.

 Further details can be found in the below FAQs

Keynote Speakers

We are honored and grateful to our globally renowned keynote speakers.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Founder & CEO Thrive Global

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

Former 2020 US Presidential Candidate

Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former President of Liberia

Armando Christian Pérez ``Pitbull``

Armando Christian Pérez ``Pitbull``

Grammy Award winning artist

Meet the 10 Grant Recipients

Each of these companies were already solving pressing global issues. Watch the event to learn how they have pivoted their work to specifically tackle the challenges related to COVID-19.

1mg Technologies

India's leading mobile healthcare platform, with over 9 million downloads and 33 million monthly visits.

80 Acres Farms

Converting urban spaces into ultra-efficient indoor farms that produce accessible, tasty, and affordable local food year-round.


Transforming how we measure, monitor and clean the air to make it safe for people to breathe

Day Owl

Turning trash from the poorest neighborhoods in the world into purpose-filled, recycled fabric.


Creating 100 percent biodegradable, eco-friendly, and compostable-certified food packaging and garbage bags.


Creating the future of aquaculture with an IoT smart feeding technology to help hundreds of millions of farmers at the bottom of the pyramid.


Creating the world’s largest reuse marketplace that connects corporates to charities and people to redistribute unwanted items.


Using nanotechnology to empower people worldwide with rapid, affordable, and portable diagnostic information about their own health.


Connecting neighbors and local shops so surplus food and other household items can be shared, rather than thrown away.

Zero Mass Water

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind this?

The COVID-19 Response is an extension of Unreasonable Impact, a multi-year partnership between Barclays and Unreasonable Group supporting growth-stage entrepreneurs solving many of the world’s most pressing issues across the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Co-founded in 2016, Unreasonable Impact actively support more than a 100 companies with operations in over 150 countries. We work exclusively with growth-stage entrepreneurs whose ventures have the potential to employ thousands of people worldwide while solving some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Head to the Unreasonable Impact website for more information on this global initiative. You can also read our 2019 Impact Report highlighting our progress to date.

What was the process and criteria you used to select the participating entrepreneurs?

Today, via a global Fellowship, Unreasonable is actively supporting more than 200 CEOs who are leading for-profit companies dedicated to solving global issues. These “Unreasonable Fellows” have collectively raised more than $4.7 billion and are positively impacting north of 350 million lives. We reached out across this community of growth-stage entrepreneurs to see if they had pivoted to combat the challenges related to COVID-19 and our teams at Barclays and Unreasonable were blown away. We had 88 applications in only a week and a selection committee ultimately awarded 10 Unreasonable Fellows with a $100,000 grant each. These grant recipients represent some of the most compelling and effective solutions we’ve seen towards combating the challenges related to the pandemic. Our team at Unreasonable is forever grateful to Barclays for their generous contribution and consistent support of high-impact companies.

What tech will I need in order to join?

You’ll only need your computer, tablet, or smartphone and the URL link we’ll provide by email to stream through your web browser. If you’re experiencing any difficulty, we suggest trying a different browser (Chrome), or changing your device (like a tablet or smartphone). Our team is working around the clock to build a customized platform so that you can not only watch the live event, but also have the ability to reach out to each of the grant recipients and make offers to help. If we all rally behind their solutions we can make a collective impact that is far greater on the pandemic than any one company could make on their own.

I’m getting invited to a lot of digital events. What makes this one different?

We are glad you asked. This live event is about going beyond words and into action. Over the course of just 90 minutes you will not only get exposed to the work of 10 for-profit companies combating COVID-19 in remarkably hope inspiring ways, but you will also have the opportunity to reachout to the grant recipients directly. At the end of each 4 minute talk, the presenting entrepreneurs will share what their key needs are to scale their impact. We are going to invite you, along with the thousands of others who tune in, the opportunity to connect, and make direct offers to help, with any of the grant recipients, along with messages specifying how you would like to support.

What is the run of show?

The Entire Event is Just 90 Minutes

– Welcome remarks from U.S. Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

– 3 talks from UK entrepreneurs combatting COVID-19

– Keynote Remarks from Former Liberian President Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

– 4 talks from American entrepreneurs combatting COVID-19

– Keynote remarks from Armando Christian Pérez aka “Pitbull”

– 3 talks from Asia Pacific entrepreneurs

– Fireside keynote conversation with Arianna Huffington

– A special announcement from Barclays & closing remarks

I still have questions...

If you have any questions regarding this event beyond what is answered on this page, please email Sophie Sandham, Global Community Manager at Unreasonable Group: [email protected].

Privacy Policy:

To register for this event we request your full name and contact information to keep you up to date with the event both before and after, and to follow up with you regarding your interactions at the event. This data may be shared for administrative purposes only with event co-sponsors. Unreasonable respects the importance of your privacy and will always set the highest standard to protect it. You can read more about Unreasonable’s privacy practices here.

This is a live event, the views or opinions expressed by those on stage are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of the organisers or broadcasters. Viewer discretion is advised.


Neither the Event nor any information provided by Barclays Capital Inc., any of its affiliates, nor any of their respective officers, directors, agents or employees (collectively, “Barclays”) in connection with the Unreasonable Impact COVID-19 Response Global Summit, constitutes or forms part of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, any securities or any of the businesses or assets of any start-up participant in the Unreasonable Impact COVID-19 Response Global Summit (each, a “Participant”) or an offer or recommendation to enter into any transaction or other relationship, or an offer or commitment to provide, arrange or underwrite any financing.

Barclays (a) is not making any warranty, representation or undertaking, express or implied, as to any Participant or any information or materials provided (in writing or otherwise) in connection with this Event, the suitability of any investment or the performance of any investment, or (b) is not providing any endorsement, recommendation or advice in connection with any investment in, or transaction or other relationship with, any Participant. Barclays has not independently verified any of the information provided by the Participants. The entire risk as to any investment, transaction or other relationship with respect to any Participant is with the investor or the person who enters into a transaction or other relationship with the Participant, and neither Barclays nor any of its affiliates will have any liability in connection with such an investment, transaction or other relationship.