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Barclays and Unreasonable Group Launch Unreasonable Impact in US, Harnessing Capitalism to Solve Major Global Problems

Unreasonable Impact supports entrepreneurs who are collectively generating thousands of jobs on the frontier of the green economy.

New York, NY, November 02, 2016 --( 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 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, Tim Luke, Vice Chairman of Technology, Media and Telecommunications 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.”

Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO of Unreasonable Group explains, “Within the next four years, it is estimated that we will need 212 million new jobs to accommodate current unemployment and projected job loss due to new industries. By partnering with Barclays to support entrepreneurs who have developed scalable solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, we will not only scale up technologies that address significant societal and environmental issues, but we will in turn be accelerating the creation of millions of new jobs.”

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