Global Innovation Lab Greenland FAQ

The Greenland Innovation Lab will gather young people from across the Arctic and Nordic regions to develop innovative solutions to sustainability challenges that are shared across the region.

Specifically, the Regional Innovation Lab will focus on developing innovative solutions within three thematic tracks:

  1. Education
  2. Health, including mental health
  3. Biodiversity and climate change

It will take place in Nuuk, Greenland, on August 20-27, 2022

The 200 selected paricipants will be welcomed to Nuuk, Greenland on the 20th of August with a big celebration, including cultural performances and speeches from thought-leaders and SDG experts. The Opening Ceremony will introduce the talents to each other and the program for the week and allow for networking and knowledge-sharing.

Over the next few days, the teams will be immersed in developing their solutions through human-centered design thinking. This includes an innovation process where facilitators will guide the participants through different stages of problem framing, ideation, prototyping and testing their SDG solution. On the final days, the talents will get to pitch their solutions to receive prizes at a formal Award Show.

The Lab will conclude with a big Closing Ceremony on August 26th, when sustainability leaders will provide insights and tips for their journey ahead. After the Lab, talents will have the possibility of continuing to develop their solutions and personal development, supported by UNLEASH, local mentors, implementation experts, and more. The talents will also be invited to be part of UNLEASH’s vibrant community of thousands of passionate individuals who have joined our journey towards the 2030 Agenda. Teams can also apply to continue their entrepreneurial journey as part of UNLEASH’s incubation program, UNLEASH Plus.

Previous participants to UNLEASH Innovation Labs tell us that participating for many is a life altering event and that the skills, connections and network they get at the Innovation Lab shape their life and career for many years to come after the event.

You should apply if you are passionate about making a difference in the Nordic and Arctic region, if you want to contribute to developing new, innovative solutions to some of the central regional sustainability challenges, and if you want to meet and work in teams with other talented young people from the region.

Difference between UNLEASH Greenland and UNLEASH India

As the first Regional Lab in UNLEASH’s history, the Innovation Lab in Greenland has a regional focus both in terms of participants and themes. The Lab will be open to Nordic and Arctic talents and will deal specifically with sustainability themes that are shared across the entire region. The Innovation Lab in India has a global focus.

In both Innovation Labs, young talented people will be given the opportunity to develop their skills within innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability and develop prototypes of innovative solutions that help achieve the SDGs.

Yes, you can apply to both the Regional Innovation Lab in Greenland and the Global Innovation Lab in India. However, if you are selected to the Regional Innovation Lab in Greenland, you will not be able to participate in the Global Innovation Lab in India.

We suggest you read the background information for Greenland and India, including on the chosen SDG themes for each Lab, for you to make an informed decision. To stay updated on applications for India, sign up here.

Practicalities

The Regional Innovation Lab will take place in Nuuk, Greenland between the 20th and 27th of August 2022.

The Innovation Lab will take place in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, within various venues. Participants will be lodged in hotels or hostels in the city. Local transport between the venues during the week will be organized.

Excursions in and around the Nuuk area will be part of the innovation program.

We are constantly monitoring the evolution of COVID-19 and will only host the Lab if it is safe to do so. Requirements and considerations will follow the recommendations from relevant authorities at every stage of the process.

As a general principle, participants to the Regional Innovation Lab will be required to present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate in compliance with the administrative requirements in Greenland at the given time of travel as well as any requirements at potential layover destinations. For updated guidelines for travelling to Greenland, please visit this website.

Should you have any questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 situation, including vaccinations, please contact [email protected].

Applications

The Regional Innovation Lab is for young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who are living in – or have a citizenship from – one of the following countries/territories: Canada, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland and USA.

We strongly encourage Indigenous youth across the Arctic and Nordic regions to apply.

Talents are selected based on four criteria:

  1. Demonstrated passion and commitment to solving the region’s most pressing sustainability challenges
  2. Possession of a creative and innovative mindset
  3. Willingness to engage in co-creation with peers and experts
  4. Adequate level of English with the ability to understand instructions

The profiles we are looking for could be, but are not limited to: students (from vocational schools, universities, Institutes of Natural Resources, professional appretinceships, etc.), intrapreneurs (employees of companies and organizations that hold knowledge within innovation or one of the SDG themes) or young entrepreneurs.

The UNLEASH Regional Innovation Lab 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:

  1. Are not willing to work on completely new ideas or challenge their existing idea significantly through collaboration with other participants
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Have multiple full-time paid employees working on their current / newest idea.

No, it is only possible to apply as an individual. At the Innovation Lab, you will be assigned to a specific team dependent on your interests and profile.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, April 29 at noon CET. Applications submitted later than this time will not be considered.

All talents will receive a decision on their application by email, expected by the beginning/mid June.

Yes, we will inform all non-successful applicants once we have selected the participants for the Innovation Lab.

Yes!

We are also looking for experienced facilitators and subject matter experts to contribute to the successful execution.

Facilitators will receive an in-depth training module focusing on the UNLEASH Innovation Methodology and will be responsible for guiding the participating teams through the program.

Experts will provide targeted and on-demand advice and counselling to the teams during the program.

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator or expert, we will open the application during Spring 2022. Please keep an eye on our website for updated information.

As a general principle, participants to the Regional Innovation Lab will be required to present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate in compliance with the administrative requirements in Greenland at the given time of travel as well as any requirements at potential layover destinations. For updated guidelines for travelling to Greenland, please visit this website.

Should you have any questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 situation, including vaccinations, please contact [email protected].

 

The Regional Innovation Lab will predominantly be held in English.

Intellectual Property Rights

To the extent that participants’ participation in UNLEASH give rise to intellectual property, hereunder copyrights, patent rights, and design rights, participants work within their teams to determine future ownership. However, UNLEASH does retain rights to use solutions developed during UNLEASH for publicity.

Travel

UNLEASH will cover all reasonable and pre-approved flight and transportation costs for participants travelling to Nuuk, Greenland, from destinations in the Nordic and Arctic countries mentioned above. If you are a Nordic/Arctic citizen living outside the region, UNLEASH does not cover expenses related to travelling back to the region from your current residence.

For those travelling to Greenland from another country, UNLEASH is booking flights from Nordic and Artic countries with arrival in Nuuk on August 20 and departure from Nuuk on August 27. You cannot reschedule flights for logistical reasons.

As of February 2022, there are no visa requirements for participants from Canada, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the USA. All participants are responsible for keeping themselves updated on the most recent visa requirements before departure.

UNLEASH can provide necessary support to the visa application process and will cover all visa application fees.

Yes, UNLEASH will provide talents with transportation throughout the program, including transportation from the Kangerlussuaq Airport to Nuuk, as well as inside Nuuk and the surrounding area during the week.

No. You must be present during the entire event.

 

Money

UNLEASH will cover the costs of flight travel, visa, transport, accommodation, food, curriculum, facilitation, and program activities for the entire event.

UNLEASH will cover all reasonable and pre-approved flight and transportation costs for participants travelling to Nuuk, Greenland, from destinations in the Nordic and Arctic countries as mentioned above.

As a general rule, all talents must pay a participation fee of USD 150 to confirm their spot at UNLEASH. This fee mitigates no-shows and ensures that we do not have empty seats where other talents could have had the opportunity to participate.

To confirm their participation and proceed with bookings, talents must submit requested documentation and information shortly after acceptance and pay the participation fee via instructions provided by the UNLEASH secretariat. To pay the participation fee, talents must have a valid credit card.

Talents have the option of asking for an exemption from the participation feePlease only tick this box if you are not able to pay the fee. 

Accomodation

Questions regarding the practicalities of accommodation will be addressed closer to the event.

No, unfortunately, we do not allow individuals other than accepted talents to attend UNLEASH.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be open to the public.

Food

Yes. As part of your application, you will be asked to submit information on any special needs or restrictions. This is to give the planning team ample time to prepare for the logistical needs.

Safety

Yes, you can. During the event there will be an emergency number for you to call if you experience any safety and security problems.

Equipment 

Yes, we encourage you to bring your laptop. However, UNLEASH is not liable for laptops being damaged or lost during the event.

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

No, UNLEASH will not provide sim cards to talents.

Participants will have access to Wi-Fi during their stay in Nuuk as a minimum at the accommodation space and during the innovation program. UNLEASH cannot guarantee the speed or quality of the accessible Wi-Fi, and there may be periods where talents do not have access to Wi-Fi.

Other

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You can also follow us on social media (FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter) and our website, where we post new updates about the Lab.

Please write to [email protected]. We will be happy to guide you.

We are so excited to prepare the Innovation Lab in Greenland, and we can’t wait to read your application!