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.


Unreasonable Impact is privileged to work with the companies below in the third Americas programme.

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 CO2 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 energy and clean water 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

Kamran Elahian

Mentor // Founder of 10 companies: 3 failed, 4 were acquired, and 3 went public and are valued in billions

Xavier Helgesen

Entrepreneur // CEO & Co-Founder at Zola Electric

Ben Glass

Entrepreneur // CEO/CTO at Altaeros

Elana Rabin

SpecialGuest // PR: Senior Account Manager at Hayter Communications

Catherine Von Burg

Entrepreneur // Chief Executive Officer and President at SimpliPhi Power

Mark Zanoli

Mentor // Vice Chairman - Technology Banking

Kate James

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

Ian Rosenberger

Entrepreneur // Founder & CEO at Thread

Adam Allamar

Mentor // Head of Digital Acquistition

Richard Demato

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

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

Deborah Goldfarb

Mentor // Managing Director, Citizenship, Barclays

Caitlin Manning

SpecialGuest // Programme and Investing Manager, Citizenship, Barclays International

Linda Lorimer

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

Betty Hudson

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

Brent Lane

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

Dan Ariely

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

Chris Yeh

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

Tom Chi

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

Steven Edelson

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

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

Ashok Reddy

Specialist // Partner at Unreasonable Capital

Thomas Mattimore

Mentor // Managing Director at Barclays Capital

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, Investor, Mentor

Mark Thain

Specialist // Director, Social Innovation at Barclays

Daniel Gerding

Specialist // Renewable Energy Investment Banker

John Kenny

SpecialGuest // AVP, Citizenship at Barclays

Ted Roosevelt

Mentor // Chair of Barclays Cleantech Initiative

Jed Lynch

Mentor // Head of Social Impact Investment Banking, Barclays

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

Elizabeth Comer

SpecialGuest // Assistant Vice President - Americas Citizenship

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

Amy Rosen

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

Exclusive Forum

The companies will showcase their ventures to a room full of invited guests for the Unreasonable Impact Exclusive Forum in November 2018 at Old Saybrook, Connecticut.