Frequently asked questions
When can I apply?
Applications will open on January 15, 2018. Go to www.unleash.org/apply.
You can read more about application on the FAQ for applications.
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?
UNLEASH is not an accelerator for existing ideas, but rather a place for new ideas and collaboration. UNLEASH seeks to source early stage ideas and applicants need to be willing to work with others. As such, applicants will not qualify for UNLEASH if they:
- Are not willing to work on completely new ideas or challenge their existing idea significantly through collaboration with other participants.
- Launched their current idea in an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial capacity that they are working on full-time, and intend to only use UNLEASH to further this idea.
- Have generated revenue (e.g. from customers, users) or raised funding (e.g. from grants, investors) for their current / newest idea, and intend to use UNLEASH to work on this idea.
- Have multiple full-time paid employees working on their current / newest idea.
Can teams apply?
No, UNLEASH will only accept application in individual capacity.
Are nominated talents guaranteed a spot at UNLEASH?
Nominated talents will receive a pass through the first round of the application process. However, nominations does NOT guarantee a spot.
Intellectual Property rights
Who owns the Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the ideas/solutions after UNLEASH?
The participant ensures to the best of his/her knowledge that the submitted ideas, materials, and information are neither of confidential nature nor unlawfully obtained by the participant. In exchange for use of the platform, and to the extent that the participant’s contributions through use of the platform give rise to any intellectual property right interest, here under copyright, patent rights, design rights the participant understand that contributing any intellectual property (IP) to UNLEASH is at his/her sole discretion, and if any IP is incorporated into solutions then future ownership must be sorted out at the individual team level. However, UNLEASH does retain rights to use for publicity including to display, publish, broadcast, or communicate to the public.
Do I have to pay for my own transport expenses to Singapore?
You need to pay your flight/train/bus tickets (and visa if needed) up front. After the program you will get your tickets reimbursed to your bank account. You will be reimbursed up to the flatrate for the city, that you will be travelling to UNLEASH from. 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 tickets?
As soon as your participation in UNLEASH has been approved. It is worth investigating when tickets are expected cheapest. This is important to comply with the flat rates for each destination.
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 ticket.
Can I choose to buy tickets 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.
What type of visa should I apply for?
Please apply for a tourist visa.
When will I receive my letter for visa application?
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?
Unfortunately, we cannot help expedite the process, but 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 yourself.
Will UNLEASH cover transportation during the event?
UNLEASH will not cover your transportation from and to the airport upon arrival and departure, but all other transport throughout the event is covered.
Can I arrive later and/or leave earlier?
No. You must be present during the entire event. UNLEASH is a co-creation event and you must be present the entire time as you will be working with a team of other talents.
Who will cover the costs?
All costs related to participation in the program will be covered by the UNLEASH association, including flight travel to Singapore, accommodation, food, curriculum and facilitation for the entire event. All talents are however asked to pay a fee of 150 USD to mitigate no shows and to ensure that we do not have empty seats, where other talents could have come.
How and when do I get reimbursed for my travel costs?
You will receive your reimbursement as a bank transfer after the program.
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.
Can I get a reduced tuition price, somehow?
You should include an ask for a scholarship when applying. Only a limited number of talents will receive this, so please only include this if there is no way for you to pay the 150 USD participation fee.
Can UNLEASH help me with the outlay for my flight ticket?
In rare instances, the UNLEASH project can be helpful with the outlay. Please try to solve the outlay problem within your own network before stating your need for help during the application process. If you are selected as a talent, we will get in touch to ask for an application for a scholarship. If you do not meet the requirements for a scholarship, your spot will be given to someone else.
Where will I be staying?
You will be staying in hotels.
Can I get a single room at the hotels?
At all accommodations, 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.
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. Please be aware that requesting a single or double room, means that you will have to pay for these yourself.
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 hotel.
Will I be sharing a bathroom or toilet with others?
Yes, rooms at hotels have attached bathrooms, to be shared by you and your roommate(s).
I have certain dietary restrictions; will these be taken into consideration?
Yes. Prior to your participation 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?
Do I need insurance?
UNLEASH has acquired a full coverage insurance for all participants.
Can I call you if I have an urgent safety problem?
Yes, you can. During the event there will be an emergency number for you to call if you experience any problems.
Can and should I bring my computer?
Yes, we encourage you to bring your 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.