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Frequently asked questions

Application

When can I apply?

Unfortunately, applications for UNLEASH 2017 are closed.

What if I have questions about using the application platform?

Please refer this list of frequently asked questions about the application platform.

What kind of talents is UNLEASH looking for?

Talents are selected based on four criteria. Read more about it here.

What kind of talents is UNLEASH not looking for?

Talents with ideas beyond a pilot stage are likely not appropriate for UNLEASH’s program as willingness to work with peers on other ideas is a requirement. Generally, UNLEASH wish to source early stage ideas. As such, applicants will not qualify for UNLEASH if they:

  • Have launched their idea as a start-up that they are working on full-time in a paid capacity
  • Have generated over $30k in total revenue (e.g. from customers, users) from their newest idea
  • Have raised over $30k in funding (e.g. from grants, investors) for their newest idea
  • Have multiple full-time paid employees working on their newest idea

Can teams apply?

No, UNLEASH will only accept application in individual capacity.

Are nominated talents guaranteed a spot at UNLEASH?

While nominated talents are not guaranteed participation in UNLEASH, they will only be subject to a light screening as the assumption is that talents nominated by trusted partners will be accepted to UNLEASH.

 

Travel

Do I have to pay for my own flight ticket?

You need to pay your flight tickets (and visa) up front. During the program, you will get your flight tickets reimbursed to your bank account. You just need to make sure that your flight tickets do not exceed the flat rate for your destination. You will submit all the information required for your reimbursement when you submit information on your travel plans.

When do I need to order my flight tickets?

As soon as your participation in UNLEASH has been approved. It is worth investigating when flight tickets are expected cheapest. This is important to comply with the flat rates for each destination.

We recommend searching for flight tickets by using https://www.skyscanner.com/ or https://www.momondo.com

What to do if the flat rate is too low?

Unfortunately, you must pay the difference between the flat rate and the set price for the flight ticket.

Can I choose flights above the flat rate? 

You can. You just need to pay the difference yourself.

Do I need a visa, and if I do, when and where to request?

Please check out this official website to see if you need a visa.

How to apply for a visa?

Please check out this official website. All other questions must be directed to your local embassy.

What type of visa should I apply for?

Please apply for a tourist visa.

I have not received my invitation letter to use when applying for my visa?

You will be sent a letter to submit with your application within 48 hours of confirming your spot. Please wait after confirming your spot to receive this letter. If you still don’t receive it, please let us know and we’ll follow up.

What other forms or information do I need from UNLEASH to apply for a visa?

You should not need any other forms from UNLEASH to apply for your visa. Please double check that you are applying for a tourist visa. Any address or contact information is provided on the letter.

Can UNLEASH take personally contact to the embassies to expedite the visa process?

UNLEASH is in running contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that have all the contacts to the embassies, consulates and VFS offices. UNLEASH cannot expedite the visa application process for an individual person. If you face problems beyond the waiting time for your visa then please contact us on [email protected].

Will UNLEASH cover my travel expenses to the visa office?

UNLEASH does not cover your travel expenses to visa offices. In few instances UNLEASH will help you cover your travel costs, but only if you are facing severe financial obstacles.

Will UNLEASH cover my travel expenses to the airport?

UNLEASH will only cover your transportation costs to the airport if you are to travel more than six hours and you are not able to pay that by yourself.

Will UNLEASH cover transportation in Denmark?

UNLEASH will not cover your transportation from and to the airport upon arrival and departure in Denmark. It is possible to purchase bus or train ticket for around 7 USD each way.

UNLEASH will cover the transportation between Copenhagen, the Folk High School and Aarhus.

Please remember to select in your travel report what bus you want to take when going from Aarhus back to Copenhagen. The bus leaving from Aarhus to Copenhagen the 22nd of August is expected to arrive in Copenhagen around 13:00 at earliest. You should be aware of this, so it is consistent with your flight departure from Copenhagen.

Can I arrive later and/or leave Denmark earlier?

No. You must be present during the entire event. Further, you should be aware that the UNLEASH insurance will only cover you from August 10 – 22.


Money

Who will cover the costs?

All costs related to participation in the program will be covered by the UNLEASH association, including flight travel to Denmark, accommodation, food, curriculum and facilitation for the entire 9-days program in Denmark from August the 12th to the 22nd. All talents are however asked to pay a fee of 145 USD (1000 DKK) to mitigate no shows and to ensure that we do not have empty seats, where other talents could have come. For talents who cannot cover this cost, UNLEASH will offer scholarship options as part of the application process.

How and when do I get reimbursed for my travel costs?

You will submit your travel receipts and bank details when you Confirm your Travel Plans on the community.unleash.org platform. You will receive this reimbursement as a bank transfer during the program in August.

How do I pay the participant fee?

Your participant fee will be deducted from your flight reimbursement. If your travel costs are less than the cost of the participant fee, we will contact you separately about paying this fee.

Are the visa costs included in the flat rate?

No. The flat rate only reflects the maximum amount UNLEASH will reimburse for your flight ticket. In addition to that UNLEASH will reimburse your visa costs, which does not include transportation to the visa office.

How much spending money should I bring to Denmark?

When entering Denmark, participants from visa-countries must be able to show customs officers that they possess no less than USD 125. It is all up to you how much money you would like to spend in Denmark.

Can I get a reduced tuition price, somehow?

Unfortunately, the application for UNLEASH 2017 scholarships is closed.

Can UNLEASH help me with the outlay for my flight ticket?

In rare instances, the UNLEASH project can be helpful with the outlay. Please, before you approach the UNLEASH secretariat, try to solve the outlay problem within your own network.

I applied for a scholarship and then I was accepted – does this mean my scholarship was approved?

Yes, you will only be accepted if your scholarship was approved. Please contact us ([email protected]) and we will initiate the booking process.

 

Accommodation

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in Copenhagen, a Folk High School and Aarhus.

TO BE NOTED: you will receive detail information on your accommodation (the specific hotel as well as check in and check out information) the week ahead your arrival. Thank you for your patience!

To have general idea in Copenhagen, you will be staying at:

Danhostel Copenhagen

Address: H. C. Andersens Blvd. 50, 1553 Copenhagen V

Or

SteelHouse

Herholdtsgade 6, 1605 København V

In Aarhus, you will be staying at:

CabInn

Address: Kannikegade 14, 8000 Aarhus.

or

Comwell

Værkmestergade 2, 8000 Aarhus C

or

Hotel Royal

Store Torv 4, 8000 Aarhus C

or

Scandic

Østergade 10, 8000 Aarhus C

 

Can I get a single room at the hotels and at the Folk High Schools?

At all accommodations, the hotels and at the folk high schools, you will have to share the room with at least one other person. All rooms have separate beds (no double beds). In rare instances, single rooms will be available at the hotels (in Copenhagen and Aarhus). UNLEASH will be in contact with the accepted talents with questions regarding rooms.

UNLEASH cannot promise you a single or double room even if you have chosen one it in your travel report due to limited rooms available.

Will males and females sleep in the same room?

No, participants will be divided by gender.

Do I need to bring towels, sleeping bag, etc.?

No, towels and bedding is provided at the hotels and at the Folk High Schools.

Will I be sharing a bathroom or toilet with others?

Yes, rooms at the Folk High Schools and the hotels have attached bathrooms, to be shared by you and your roommate(s).

What “standard of living” should I expect?

What you can expect to find is nice, cozy and clean accommodation at the hotels as well as at the Folk High Schools. The latter accommodates thousands of young people every year, and have done so for the past 150 years.

 

Food

I have certain dietary restrictions; will these be taken into consideration?

Yes. Prior to your stay in Denmark we will ask you to let us know what your special needs happen to be.

This can be selected in your travel report at UNLEASH.community.org

Is it allowed to drink alcohol during UNLEASH?

Yes, drinking alcohol is allowed in the afternoon and at special occasions, for instance at parties. Denmark has a liberal “drinking culture”, but of course it is up to you whether you want to drink alcohol or not.

 

Safety

Do I need insurance?

UNLEASH has acquired a full coverage insurance for all non-Danish participants. The insurance covers the period August 10-22.

If you want to stay in Denmark or the rest of Europe before and after UNLEASH, you will have to purchase the extra days yourself.

Can I call you if I have an urgent safety problem?

Yes, you can. As of August 10-22, the UNLEASH project will have an 24-7 emergency telephone. The cell phone number will be in the official UNLEASH invitation letter that you must bring with you (to be able to show to the customs service at the airport, if requested).

 

ICT

Can and should I bring my computer?

Yes, we encourage you to bring you laptop, at your own risk.

I do not have a laptop, is that a problem?

No, that is not a problem. As an UNLEASH participant you are welcome, with or without laptop, but if you have a laptop, please take it with you.

 

Outfit

Please consider that Demark is quite of an ‘informal’ country so bring mainly casual clothes. Though you should have with you some business clothes for at least three formal occasions.