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Jumbotail has been selected to join 11 other ground breaking growth stage ventures at the 2020 Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific program.

With the global pandemic continuing to have an enormous impact on all aspects of life, including the global workforce, migration, and  the environment, supporting entrepreneurial solutions addressing these challenges is critical. Unreasonable Impact,  a unique partnership between Barclays and Unreasonable Group is focussed on supporting and scaling up high-growth ventures within the green economy, ensuring that their impactful solutions reach new markets, transform even more lives and create thousands more jobs in the process.

After a rigorous selection process involving hundreds of world-class companies, Karthik Venkateswaran – Cofounder & CEO, Jumbotail has been invited to join 11 other leading entrepreneurs from across Asia Pacific for the first ever virtual iteration of the Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific program, which aims to accelerate the growth of their companies.

Impacting the future of food, energy, sustainable living and supply chains, each entrepreneur is selected to participate based on their potential to address key social and environmental issues and to create at least 500 jobs within the next five years.

The program connects the entrepreneurs to a global community of power-house mentors and industry specialists, including experts from across Barclays through tried and tested methodologies and approaches.

Speaking about the programme, Karthik Venkateswaran – Cofounder & CEO, Jumbotail said, “It is an honour to represent Jumbotail in Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific. Jumbotail is digitizing and modernizing the traditional mom & pop kirana stores via our B2B marketplace and New Retail platform. We empower the kirana stores with cutting edge technology, plug them into our modern supply chain, provide them access to formal credit, and give them the tools, and training to transform their traditional stores into omnichannel ready modern J24 stores. By our innovative business model of partnering with kirana stores, and bringing them into the formal economy, we help in inclusion, preserve jobs and create new jobs, and deliver upto 5x Impact Multiple of Money for every dollar invested.

We look forward to leveraging the Unreasonable group’s powerful network, expertise, and access to a capital pool that is aligned with our mission to create economic opportunities to mom & pop kirana retailers across India and other emerging markets.”

Lars Aagaard, Head of M&A and Head of Financial Sponsors, Asia Pacific at Barclays, said, “We are delighted to welcome the latest cohort of ventures onto our first virtual Unreasonable Impact programme here in Asia Pacific. Tackling some of today’s greatest challenges, the entrepreneurs are developing groundbreaking solutions and, in partnership with Unreasonable Group, we look forward to supporting them on their journey to scale.”

Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Group, added, “We are committed to the idea that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive and Unreasonable Impact’s success to date demonstrates the growing appetite for purpose and profit driven businesses. Our now highly curated virtual programmes provide a space to share wisdom, build a lasting community of support and deep dive into critical conversations, empowering our entrepreneurs towards transformative impact and growth. We are so excited to welcome Jumbotail into our global community and look forward to supporting Karthik along with our partners Barclays, to scale and in the process accelerate the creation of thousands of new jobs.”

Cumulatively, the twelve ventures have generated more than USD $76.28M million in revenue, raised USD $114.48M  million in funding and are operating in 26 countries.

To date, the ventures that comprise the Unreasonable Impact community have positively impacted more than 220 million people, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 55 million tons, and generated more than 37,000 net new jobs. The companies have also raised more than USD $3 billion in funding. Jumbotail joins this notable global network in its shared effort to create thousands of jobs on the frontier of the green economy.

The participating companies include:

Canopy Power: Deploying reliable, renewable electricity supply for remote businesses and communities across Asia Pacific.

DeHaat: Building AI-enabled technologies technologies to revolutionise supply chain and production efficiency in the farm sector.

Frontier Markets: Alleviating poverty by investing in rural households, and especially women.

gFlow+: Providing electric, solid-state water meters and smart metering solutions for a more water-efficient future.

Jumbotail: Organising the food and grocery ecosystem in India using technology, data science, and design.

Maeko: Turning organic waste into fertilizer in just 24 hours with cutting-edge compost machines.

Mobi-Air: Delivering breakthrough low-energy, low-cost, competitive air filtration technology.

MOVUS: Delivering an all-in-one equipment monitoring solution for smarter and more efficient machinery.

Shiok Meats: Transforming the food industry in Asia with cell-based, clean meat and seafood.

TRENDE: Providing Japan affordable, renewable, and local energy through rooftop solar.

Tridi Oasis Group: Recycling locally-sourced plastic waste into high quality raw materials.

TurtleTree Labs: Recreating the full composition, functionality and taste of milk using the latest cutting edge innovation in biotech.

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