Unreasonable Impact Americas 2022

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Global unemployment is projected to stand at 207 million in 2022. This is 21 million more than in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic began, disrupting economic activities around the world even more. Meanwhile, as the division of labor shifts from humans to machines, it’s estimated that 85 million jobs may be displaced by 2025. Something has to change.

Barclays and Unreasonable believe the solution to global unemployment lies in supporting and scaling high-growth entrepreneurs as job creators. Together they’ve created Unreasonable Impact – an innovative multi-year and multigeographic partnership. Since 2016, Unreasonable Impact has been delivering a series of programs providing high growth, high impact entrepreneurs the resources, mentorship and a global network of support needed to help them rapidly scale, create jobs and address key global issues.

Spearheading solutions in the future of food, clean transportation and renewable energy, Unreasonable and Barclays are proud to showcase the 12 entrepreneurs that have been identified as critical drivers of change for the Unreasonable Impact Americas 2022 program. Together, they’ve raised more than $373m in financing, generated $62m in revenue, and over 58% of founders are women. Over the next few months, Barclays will unlock opportunities at every level, mobilizing its expertise and resources, helping these ventures connect to capital and financing, at every stage of their journey from scale-up to IPO.

These talented entrepreneurs join the Unreasonable Impact global network of over 250 ventures across 180 countries. So far, Unreasonable Impact has positively impacted more than 300 million people, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 80 million tons, and generated over 19,000 full time equivalent employees around the Unreasonableworld.Impact

is a partnership like no other. Championing talented CEOs to create the jobs of tomorrow, we are humbled to be part of their journey.

Aquacycl 06 Cabinet Health 08 Carbon Lighthouse 10 ChargerHelp! 12 ClearFlame Engine Technologies 14 Emrgy 16 GALY 18 Mango Materials 20 Modern Electron 22 Pebble Labs 24 Prime Roots 26 Re:Dish 28


One third of the world’s population doesn’t have access to waste water treatment and adequate hygiene. Aquacycl’s mission is to provide sanitation and water for all. By offering the only technology to rapidly treat wastewater, eliminate primary sludge and recover energy as direct electricity, Aquacycl can provide end-users up to 95% savings in operational costs. New partnerships and scaling operations with large food and beverage manufacturers are in the works, generating exciting results and momentum for the company. With eyes on raising another $10m to fuel growth and expand partnerships, scale operations and automate manufacturing, Aquacycl will further reduce cost of goods sold, improve the overall profitability of the business and drive a more lasting impact in the world.

EnvironmentalTechnology ENTREPRENEUR BretschgerOrianna TITLE Founder & CEO REGION andAmericasEurope Providing rapidlyelectrochemicalbiotechnologiestotreatthehardesttotreatwastewater

Orianna Bretschger is the Founder and CEO of Aquacycl, a climate technology company that provides solutions for safe, reliable and costeffective wastewater treatment, helping users mitigate up to 90% of greenhouse gas emissions. A native of the Southwestern United States, Orianna grew up appreciating water issues, and after a career in aerospace and government consulting, she found her way back to water while completing a PhD at the University of Southern California. Orianna studied how microbes remove pollutants from water and produce electricity, inspiring her to think big. With research cited in 32 journal publications, three book chapters, and eight patent filings, Orianna’s thirst for progress is insatiable.


Cabinet Health

Today, pharmacy aisles are overrun with single-use plastic medicine bottles. Nearly 190 billion of them end up in oceans and landfills each year. Yet, no plastic-free medicine options exist. Founded in 2017, Cabinet Health, a certified B Corp, is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastics with its sustainable packaging and supply chain system. Providing consumers and enterprises with plastic-free packaging for their everyday medicines, the highest quality products and personalized care supporting patients, Cabinet Health has developed the only FDA-approved non-plastic packaging in pharmaceuticals with refillable medicine bottles and compostable refill pouches with 13 filed patents. The company has 700,000 customers, achieved 113% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the last three years and secured four enterprise contracts (including McKesson and Grove Collaborative) as it gears up for scale.

SECTOR InformaticsHealth and Medical Devices and Equipment ENTREPRENEUR AchalPatel TITLE Co-Founder & CEO REGION IndiaUSand inplasticEliminatingwastehealthcare

Achal Patel, Co-Founder and CEO of Cabinet Health, created his business to eliminate single-use plastic in healthcare, an industry which produces billions of plastic medicine bottles yearly. Achal has a deep personal background in healthcare supply chain, spending his childhood summers in a medicine factory his grandfather built. Over the years, Achal’s commitment to environmental sustainability, quality and community support has laid the foundation for the innovation Cabinet Health is building. Prior to Cabinet Health, Achal helped build Deloitte Consulting’s first social impact and innovation arm, advising Fortune 500 Companies and government organizations on how to use mission to rally customers, community and drive bottom line business performance. Achal oversees a team of missiondriven experts working to harness the pharmaceutical industry as a force to combat plastic waste and broader climate change.

Achal Co-FounderPatel&CEO

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Carbon Lighthouse

SECTOR Building ConstructionandTechnology


Commercial buildings are responsible for 40% of emissions in the United States. Carbon Lighthouse has developed a creative technology solution to make reducing carbon emissions profitable for commercial real estate. The platform taps deep into performance data in building equipment to quantify energy efficiency opportunities. The technology supports clients in their execution and continuously ensures the performance of the building improvements. Carbon Lighthouse has recently expanded its business model to include a secondary product to help with building acquisitions while growing its existing customer base and entering new geographies. Its mission is to make decarbonization so easy and profitable that building owners do it everywhere, paving the way for a sustainable future in one of the sectors contributing the most carbon emissions annually.


Raphael Rosen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon Lighthouse, a company that studies energy-wasting buildings and designs systems that help owners dramatically reduce their energy use and carbon footprint. Raphael has led Carbon Lighthouse’s scale and growth over the past decade to deliver true environmental and operational impact and more than $250 million in savings for clients. Previously, Raphael served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Safari Energy where he grew Safari’s operational capacity to more than 25 solar projects worth $24 million. Raphael is committed to delivering market-based solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges.



With electric vehicle sales soaring, how do we make sure they all stay charged and running? ChargerHelp! is solving the industry-wide problem of downed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by providing on-demand repairs and maintenance. The company aims to be the go-to platform for EV charging repairs as it analyzes operational data about EV chargers across the US and then sends skilled personnel to fix them when they’re down. Additionally, ChargerHelp! is actively supporting an inclusive clean energy transition workforce by upskilling current technicians through workforce training centers which are located in New York, California, Ohio, and Georgia. ChargerHelp! launched their subscription software platform in April 2022.

Transportation ENTREPRENEUR KamealeTerry TITLE CEO REGION US Repairing EV

Kameale Terry is the CEO of ChargerHelp! With over a decade of experience in cleantech, Kameale formed ChargerHelp! with her Co-Founder Evette Ellis to create a reliable electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The cleantech company uses data to identify and provide maintenance and repair services for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Kameale got the idea for the on-demand repair app for EV charging stations when she was working at EV Connect, where she held a number of roles, including director of programs and head of customer experience. Kameale is the daughter of Belizean immigrants and was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, fueling her focus on environmental sustainability and community engagement.




ClearFlame Engine Technologies is a growing startup dedicated to developing clean engine technology for heavy-duty truck, off-highway and industrial applications. The company has developed the quickest and most cost-effective pathway for heavy-duty engines by taking the dirty diesel fuel out of the diesel engine and replacing it with decarbonized, liquid fuels. ClearFlame Engine Technologies has support from groups like Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, USDA and Clean Energy Ventures and will continue to build its ecosystem of strategic partners. As a Black and women-founded and led business, ClearFlame Engine Technologies leaders believe that diversity, equity and inclusion is key to addressing social inequity, climate change, and other global challenges.


Dr. BJ Johnson is Co-Founder and CEO of ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing startup dedicated to developing clean engine technology for heavy-duty truck, off-highway and industrial applications. BJ was lead inventor on the patent at the center of ClearFlame’s intellectual property and has worked to secure key investors and strategic partners, including multiple industry manufacturers, agencies and worldclass accelerators. In 2021, BJ was named in the Grist 50 list, among other emerging leaders from across the US working on solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. BJ earned his BS, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

BJ Co-FounderJohnson&CEO




REGION US, Brazil, NewandZealand,SouthAfrica

Hydropower is one of the oldest and largest sources of renewable energy, but it needs modernizing to scale –that’s where Emrgy comes in. Emrgy is a transformational technology company that is redefining hydropower to remain the world’s most reliable, continuous and costeffective renewable energy resource. Emrgy builds hydroelectric power turbines that are the size of an SUV. Every turbine can generate enough power for about eight to ten US homes, while decreasing global carbon emissions. Emrgy is deploying its innovation in four US states and three countries with plans to scale quickly. Emrgy’s international growth is led by a global partnership with GE Renewable Energy, who now manufactures and sells Emrgy’s equipment in select markets outside the US.



Emily Morris is the Founder and CEO of Emrgy Inc., a company focused on clean energy delivery using innovative technology and the world’s most reliable resource: water. Emily has secured over $30 million in funding to bring Emrgy’s solution to market. Passionate about giving back, Emily has supported various for-profit and nonprofit ventures totaling over $1 million in annual proceeds. Recognized with awards such as The Atlanta Business Chronicle “Top 30 Under 30” and Georgia’s Top Startup, Emily hopes to leave a legacy of refining how power is generated in this century, making it more sustainable, reliable and cost effective for everyone.


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US and Brazil

Conventionally-grown cotton is one of the most soil degrading crops in the world. But not the cotton that GALY, a Boston-based startup, is producing. GALY grows cotton in a lab, from cells instead of plants. GALY cotton uses 78% less water, 81% less land, and produces 80% less CO2 emissions all while growing 10x faster than conventional field-grown cotton. It is also produced without any pesticides and it is cheaper than natural cotton. This cell-culture platform can be applied to produce products beyond cotton. GALY is prototyping cocoa, with more products in the R&D pipeline. The company is using Series A funds to build its business foundation and test its product. GALY aims to build a pilot plant and scale operations with new production facilities across the globe with 200,000 tons/yr production capacity each.



Founder & CEO


Luciano Bueno is the Founder of GALY, a startup that produces agriculture from cells in a lab, not plants on a field. Luciano was exposed to the startup world at Deloitte and Arpex Capital, fueling his passion to build from the ground up. Born in Brazil, Luciano received the Greencard EB-1, for people with extraordinary abilities who are invited to live in the US to create high-impact projects. He then brought GALY to life, where he is hoping to save the planet by revolutionizing the world’s way of farming with intelligent and technological solutions. Luciano is committed to giving back; he is a founding member of Singularity University in Brazil and serves as an ambassador at Draper University and the American Red Cross.


Mango Materials



The world is producing twice as much plastic waste as two decades ago, with the bulk of it ending up in landfills, incinerated or leaking into the environment. Mango Materials converts carbon from methane into commercially useful biomaterials that replace fossil-based plastics. Mango Material’s mission is to end plastic pollution and climate change by replacing plastic with polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a family of naturally occurring biopolyesters, which works as a viable substitute for most plastic applications and is biodegradable, driving environmental value. The company has an operating launch facility to validate the commercial feasibility of the technology with strategic partnerships and strong traction to date. Mango Materials believes waste facilities are the goldmines of the future and is dedicated to building closed loop, cradle-to-cradle technologies in order to recycle carbon naturally and sustainably.

ENTREPRENEUR MorseMolly TITLE Co-Founder & CEO REGION US and Brazil

Dr. Molly Morse is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mango Materials, a startup creating the next generation of sustainable materials. Mango Materials converts abundant methane gas into low-cost, high-value, biodegradable materials. In her role as CEO, Molly manages a team to advance operations and scale up technology. Molly received her PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry, from Stanford University and her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Molly has contributed to multiple industry patents, publications and presentations. She is working to upscale Mango Materials operations and believes diversity of people and skills will contribute to fighting climate change.

Molly Co-FounderMorse&CEO


Modern Electron

Clean heat and hydrogen


Modern Electron is a cleantech company focused on heat and hydrogen. Its first solution decarbonizes gas use by converting customer’s gas to clean hydrogen onsite without CO2 emissions. Its second solution improves efficiency by converting wasted heat to power, saving money, reducing carbon footprint, and providing resiliency in blackouts. Modern Electron’s partners and customers today include HVAC, utilities, biogas, and industrial manufacturing companies who rely on natural gas for heat and are looking for ways to reduce emissions quickly. Heat is 50% of final energy demand, so Modern Electron’s solutions are geared towards reducing emissions from heat quickly and affordably to meet our climate goals.




Co-Founder & CEO


Tony Pan is the CEO of Modern Electron. He is an inventor of 250+ patents pending in energy & climate, nanotechnology and biomedical devices. A member of various international energy and foreign relations councils, Tony also did pro bono work in global health with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He held fellowships with Hertz, Soros and National Science Foundation, and was named in Business Journal’s ‘40 under 40’. Prior to starting Modern Electron, Tony received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, a PhD in Physics from Harvard University and was a strategist at Goldman Sachs. Tony has passion and positive energy, believing that we can live in a world where energy is cleaner, cheaper, and far more universally available.


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Pebble Labs



Pebble Labs is creating safe and effective biological solutions to sustainably protect crop yields and quality in food production. Diseases and pests reduce crop yields by as much as 40% each year. Pebble Lab’s technology platform, Directed Biotics™, harnesses naturally occurring microbes from crops to deliver the power of RNA for solutions that target formidable pests and diseases. The company works on reducing yield loss by increasing the production of crops per area of land, and protecting crop quality, and believes these are critically important for global food security. Pebble Labs constantly draws inspiration from its home in New Mexico, an ancient land that has generated many modern innovations, where nature and technology thrive together.


Dr. Rebecca White is the CEO of Pebble Labs. She has over a decade of experience in bioscience-based industries, including successfully pioneering efforts to commercialize algae as an agricultural crop. As a scientist with a strong business and communications background, she is experienced in both the commercialization of novel plantbased products and technology transfer from lab to field. Rebecca previously served as the CTO for Pebble Labs, and is now leading the company through the development and commercialization process for its first products as CEO. She has a PhD in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and received her Honors BSc degree from the University of North Texas. Rebecca is passionate about minimizing crop losses in order to meet the global goal of zero hunger and is proud to be leading a company that is tackling such an urgent and vital global challenge.



Prime Roots

Prime Roots is on a mission to meet the growing consumer demand for plant-based meat and provide a better cut of meat for every type of eater with its unique plantbased ingredient: koji. With koji mycelium, Prime Roots can replicate the taste and texture of meat without the environmental costs of animal proteins. Whilst other alternative protein competitors derive their protein from plants, Prime Roots focuses on cultivating koji mycelium, which replicates meat fibers more effectively. Its technology has been de-risked for commercialization with over 20,000 paying customers, 85,000 servings of ‘bacon’ and over 38 products launched in the last year. With its innovative process, the research and development for a new product takes weeks (not years).The company is actively looking to scale beyond its 1m pound production capacity.


Kimberlie Le is the Co-Founder and CEO of Prime Roots, a plant-based meat alternative company making waves with its koji-based products. Kimberlie and her co-founder Joshua Nixon, pooled their research at UC Berkeley and backgrounds in food, technology, and microbiology to start Prime Roots, seeing an opportunity to reshape the culture of plant-based meats. Prime Roots has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Food & Wine. Having worked in management within the food industry for over ten years, Kimberlie is determined to make delicious, sustainable and nutritious foods available to all and increase accessibility and equity in our food system.




LifecycleProduct ENTREPRENEUR


In the US alone, we use a trillion single-use foodservice products per year creating 10 million tons of waste. Re:Dish is a company that is tackling foodservice waste with a reusable container and cup service program that eliminates single-use disposable containers. Its turnkey, reusable container service helps make foodservice operations more sustainable while helping companies meet their ESG goals. Re:Dish delivers and collects containers and cups, cleans and sanitizes them and then returns them back to customers. With DishTrack®, its inventory and impact dashboard, Re:Dish clients are able to track their landfill waste diversion, carbon emissions savings and water reduction in real-time. Re:Dish services corporate cafeterias and pantries, arenas, K-12 schools, production sets – anywhere food is served at scale. Re:Dish’s tracking and washing capabilities are also available to service other reusable products and companies.


As Founder and CEO, Caroline Vanderlip is an entrepreneur who put her passion and creativity into building Re:Dish, a reusable container and dishware company that helps corporate and school cafeterias run more sustainably. Prior to setting up Re:Dish, Caroline successfully launched businesses within parent companies (CNBC, AT&T Personal Online Services), as well as independent entities such as publishing technology company, SharedBook. Caroline has 30 years experience of progressive leadership, managerial and entrepreneurial success within the Internet, telecommunications and cable TV industries. Armed with a BA from Vassar and an MBA from NYU, Caroline is a life-long learner now focused on sustainability and the huge impact that Re:Dish can have as it supports a shift from a linear to a circular economy.



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