Americas Programme

New York — October 2018

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 second 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 UK and Hong Kong in early 2018. The ultimate goal of Unreasonable Impact is to create a global network centered around scaling impact entrepreneurs as job creators worldwide.

Past Ventures

Unreasonable Impact is privileged to have worked with the companies below in the second Americas programme.


The world's most advanced tankless water heater and dishwasher that provides purer, endless hot water on demand, controlled right from a mobile device.

Lucid Energy

Harvesting formerly untapped energy by turning millions of miles of gravity-fed water pipelines around the world into generators of clean, environmentally-friendly, renewable energy.

Clara Foods

Improving the sustainability of the world's food system by creating the first animal-free egg white.


Making household products that are 100% recycled, compostable, performance driven, and stylish.

Plant Prefab

Affordable and environmentally responsible custom high-quality homes.


Responsibly and sustainably feeding humanity by growing flavorful, safe, healthy food in the world's largest indoor vertical farm

Memphis Meats

Developing a way to produce real meat from animal cells, without the need to feed, breed, and slaughter actual animals.


Leading innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption and emissions for today's global shipping fleet.


Developing and delivering clean, affordable energy technologies that empower people to power themselves.


Replacing conventional chemical pesticides with high performance plant based products for agriculture, the pest control industry, and consumer use.


Combining advanced biotechnology and carbon recycling tools to manufacture bio-based products that meet the demands of the future.

Mentors and Specialists

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

Steven Berkenfeld

Mentor // Managing Director at Barclays Capital, Chairman of the Board for the Sierra Club

Mark Thain

Specialist // Director, Social Innovation at Barclays

Michael Grossman

Mentor // Director of Liquid Assets at New Island Capital Management

Chip Heath

Specialist // Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-author of three NYT best-selling books

Tom Darden

Mentor // CEO at Cherokee Investment Partners

Kendra Malcolm

Specialist // Art Director / Illustrator

Tom Chi

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

Deborah Goldfarb

Specialist // Managing Director, Citizenship, Barclays

Hameer Ruparel

Specialist // Director, US Branded Cards at Barclays

Matthew Weber

Specialist // Vice President in Global Power & Utilities for the Investment Bank at Barclays

Steven Anderson

Specialist // Investment Banker

John Seewoester

Specialist // Consumer Retail Associate at Barclays Capital

Dennis Schoeps

Specialist // Assistant Vice President, Global Power & Utilities Investment Banking at Barclays

Daniel Gerding

Specialist // Renewable Energy Investment Banker

Dan Wentzell

Specialist // Associate at Barclays (Consumer Retail Group)

Chris Chodaczek

Specialist // Vice President in Global Power & Utilities for the Investment Bank at Barclays

Kenneth Wang

Specialist // Associate, Investment Banking, Barclays

Jill Neilson

Specialist // Vice President, Group Lead - Existing Customer Marketing at Barclays

Karl Saxe

Specialist // Digital Acquisition Marketing Lead

Ken Goodman

Specialist // Strategic Analytics VP – Marketing optimization at Barclaycard

Liz Summers

Mentor // Head, Principal Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Investments, Barclaycard M&A, & Legacy Commercial Real Estate Americas

Hunter Lovins

Mentor // TIME Magazine Hero & President of Natural Capitalism Solutions

Sandeep Patel

Mentor // Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Capital

Claire O'Connor

Mentor // Managing Director and Head of Loan Capital Markets & Acquisition Finance

John Miller

Mentor // Global Head of Industry Coverage Banking, Barclays

Thomas Marino

Mentor // Managing Director, Senior Relationship Management, Barclays

Sameer Jain

Mentor // Chief Technology Officer at Barclays Group and Barclays International

John Stecher

Mentor // Group Head of Open Innovation and Barclays Rise

Paul Wilmore

Mentor // Chief Marketing Officer, Barclaycard

Jason van Itallie

Mentor // Managing Director, Private Capital Markets

Ashok Reddy

Specialist // Partner at Unreasonable Capital

Katherine Bleich

Specialist // Director of Investor Network

Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes

Specialist // Executive Director & Co-Founder, 109 World

Chris Shipley

Mentor // Author, Speaker, Curator, Board Member, Sense-Maker

Debbie Phillips

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

Helen Walper

Specialist // Head of Legal, US Corporate Banking, Barclays

Jen Hitchens

Specialist // Vice President of Digital Community at Barclaycard US

Jon Schnur

Mentor // Executive Chairman of America Achieves, Senior Advisor to Michael Bloomberg and former Obama Senior Advisor

Alice Lin Fabiano

Mentor // Global Director, Social Innovation, Johnson & Johnson

Amy Rosen

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

Mike Rios

Specialist // Chief Innovation Officer at 17 Triggers. Marketing and Meditation Specialist

Maria Occarina Martins de Macedo

Specialist // Director of Brand & Creative at Memphis Meats

Elsa Palanza

Specialist // Strategic Advisor; Former Director of Commitments, Clinton Global Initiative

Jed Lynch

Specialist // Vice President, Barclays Investment Banking

Max Stossel

Specialist // Poet (copywriter), Content Strategist, & Filmmaker

Ory Zik

Specialist // Serial entrepreneur focused on solutions to climate change

Christa Gyori

Specialist // CEO - Leaders on Purpose

George Kembel

Mentor // Founder & Global Director of Stanford's

Dan MacCombie

Mentor // Co-Founder, Runa / Entrepreneur in Residence, Dev Equity

Ann Rogan

Mentor // Civic Innovation + Lover of Big Problems

Ashok Vasudevan

Mentor // Executive and Entrepreneur, CEO of Preferred Brands International and Chairman of Tasty Bite Eatables 

Demo Day

The companies will showcase their ventures to a room full of invited guests for the Unreasonable Impact Exclusive Forum in November 2018 at Rise New York.