Barclays And Unreasonable Group Launch Unreasonable Impact In US, Harnessing Capitalism To Solve Major Global Problems

This November, 13 ventures poised to generate thousands of future jobs in the emerging green economy will learn how to scale their companies at the inaugural Unreasonable Impact US program. Unreasonable Impact is a global partnership between Barclays and Unreasonable Group focused on scaling ventures that have the potential to employ thousands of people in industries that solve major environmental and societal problems.

Ranging from Thread, a textile company that transforms trash into fabric, to re:3d, a venture pioneering affordable 3D printing using waste materials, the selected companies have committed to creating 500 jobs or more in the green economy within the next five years.

During the two-week intensive program, the entrepreneurs will receive mentorship and advice from business experts and serial entrepreneurs, such as Hunter Lovins, president of Natural Capital Solutions and Time Magazine Hero of the Planet, Tom Chi, co-founder of Google Glass and Google's self-driving car, and Steven Berkenfeld, managing director at Barclays, among many others.

The program will take place 70 miles outside of New York City at Cedar Lakes Estate and include two exhibition events in New York City, where entrepreneurs will showcase their innovations. Keynote speakers at these events include George Kembel, founder of the Stanford d.school, Tim Luke, Vice-president of Technology, Media and Telecomms at Barclays, and Joe McGrath, CEO of Barclays Americas.

"Scale-ups are fundamental in driving economic growth," explains Joe McGrath, CEO of Barclays Americas. "It's an honor to partner with Unreasonable to create an accelerator program in the US to help alleviate unemployment and grow the green economy. By supporting ventures that have scalable solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges with our resources and mentorship, we will not only help to address significant societal and environmental issues, but we will also be facilitating in creating the jobs of tomorrow."

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