In just 12 days, UNLEASH will kick off in Denmark. We are so excited to welcome our 1,000 global top talents from more 129 countries. We have tech-entrepreneurs, leading academics, young professionals, and development program officers. All talents have proved a passion for positive change.
We have gathered an incredibly diverse group of young and dedicated talents, and we cannot wait to kick start the co-creation of innovative solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017 approaches rapidly, our team is working hard to finalize the program in Denmark. You can stay updated by following us on social media or discover new developments on this blog. We do have a few noteworthy updates to spark your appetite:
A new venture fund for social entrepreneurs
To support the solutions after UNLEASH, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, Dalberg and the UNLEASH team are currently structuring a venture fund for social entrepreneurs and talents working with the SDG-agenda. After UNLEASH, the talents can apply for capital to support implementation of their solutions by submitting detailed funding applications. They will also become part of a global eco-system for social entrepreneurship that can support the solutions as they scale through technical assistance, match-making with external funders and a potential enrollment in other programs such as the Big Bet Initiative and FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards. IFC and Dalberg are currently working on the structure of the fund and capitalization strategy to ensure its long-term viability.
Experts and facilitators from around the world join UNLEASH
As we speak, we are putting the last touches on our innovation process curriculum along with Monitor Deloitte and our amazing Innovation Advisory Board. Once the talents arrive in Denmark, experienced facilitators and thematic content experts from around the world will stand ready to support the talents and their team as they co-create and develop innovative and impactful solutions to the SDGs. We have already announced a few of our amazing experts via our Facebook, but stay tuned as we present an entire ecosystem of players who are ready to provide support.
A platform to support ideation and networking
We have just updated our online community to turn it into a platform of connectivity and co-creation. The talents can use this community to share and generate insights into global challenges. We will use these insights as inputs in our innovation curriculum.
All in all, we are so excited to be able to welcome so many amazing people in Denmark shortly and allow you to become immersed in a truly global initiative dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.
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Gold winner: Vantage 720 Vantage 720 won for their solution to create awareness of climate change. Vantage 720 involves the creation of climate change lessons that will be localized with Indigenous knowledge and presented in a VR format, with calls to action and a designed curriculum to fit the cultural context of Grade 10-12 students […]
Gold winner: Bridg.it Bridg.it won for a solution with an app that matches cross-industries with excess materials. The solution is a platform that creates cross-industry behavioral nudges towards connection in a supply web. The solution includes: (1) Innovation Predictor; (2) User Interface to help us recognize our natural state of social curiosity; and (3) Machine learning that […]
Gold winner: SaniHive SaniHive won for the solution which would provide better access to sanitation for people living in slums. Urban slum communities in Khayelitsha, South Africa need sustainable sanitation that meet the needs of high population density. The current temporary portable toilets are largely inaccessible due to space constraints leading to situations where 20,000 […]
Gold winner: @letschatyoungvoices @letschatyoungcoives won for their solution to provide sex education and awareness to decrease school dropouts due to teen pregnancy. The solution is addressing school dropouts aged 13 to 19, due to teen pregnancy in the Dominican Republic. 20% of the girls aged 15-19 years, drop out of schools due to teen pregnancy. The ‘Let’s Chat’ […]
Gold winner: JOYA JOYA won gold for their solution, which would give mobility and safety to children with lower limb disabilities. In favelas of Rio de Janeiro, children with lower limb disabilities have difficulties accessing healthcare services. The rough terrain of the favela limits the child’s movement, preventing parents from bringing them for medical treatment. […]
Gold winner: Net-To Net-To won the Gold Award in their track for their solution to reduce post-harvest losses. Farmers in rural Nigeria face drastic post-harvest losses due to pests and environmental factors. By shortening drying-time, reducing contact with contaminants and bruising during post-harvest handling, the solution solves these issues. Net-To is a hammock-like sleeve designed […]
Gold winner: ElecTrack ElecTrack won gold for their solution to track electricity from generation to consumption. Current Energy Certification of Origin system does not provide transparency to customer where and how their electricity is being produced. Thus, the investment in renewable energy may not have the intended impact on the final generation mix. ElecTrack changes this […]
Gold winner: Asha Asha won the gold prize for their solution, which will identify and catalyze franchise opportunities for youth. Asha creates a matchmaking service that can capture our users’ skill set such as his/her previous job experiences, soft skills and career aspirations, and match them with micro-franchising and employment opportunities. They prioritize micro-franchising as the […]
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore as host of UNLEASH Innovation Lab in 2018 During his visit to Singapore, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen handed over UNLEASH to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, bringing together 1,000 carefully selected young talents from across the world, to collaborate […]
During Dragons’ Den the winners of the seven UNLEASH themes were found. Find more information about the winners here: Education & ICT Energy Health Food Sustainable Consumption & Production Urban Sustainability Water
GOLD WINNER – Block Fakes Team 19: Akshay Navaladi, Adebisi Adenipekun and Desmond Nji Atanga Solution: 120,000 children die due to counterfeit antimalarial drugs in Africa each year. In Nigeria alone, over 70% of all drugs sold annually are counterfeit. Existing solutions to tackle this problem have proven to be expensive and inadequate. Hence, Block Fakes propose […]
GOLD WINNER – SmartWrapR Team 13: Lu Yu, Morgan Law, Emelie Lindahl, Ryoko Suzuki, John Oyewole and Kevin Lee Solution: Shrink wrap is one of the largest hidden pollutants in the world. In the United States, there are over 2 billion pallets which causes 1.0 billion pounds of petroleum waste and of which 95% is expected […]
GOLD WINNER – UNLEAK Team 16: Emmanuel Marfo, Jon Kornik, Meseret Dawit Teweldebrihan, Priyank Hirani, Yael Zvulunov, and Yajun Wang Solution: Leaks inside homes lose enough water to serve 600 million people each day. UNLEAK will fix this in water stressed cities by offering free leak detection and cheap repairs to all. Using a method to […]
GOLD WINNER – Demolition 4 Design Team 17: Clare McCracken, Gitte Gylling Hammershøj Olesen, Kunmi Odufuye, Nicholas Ransome, and Zoé Bezpalko Solution: The Demolition 4 Design (D4D) platform disrupts the ecosystem of the built environment by connecting previously disconnected professionals, increasing knowledge of sustainable solutions and enabling value creation by diverting landfill waste into new […]
GOLD WINNER – Doti Gold Team 15: Benjamin Moore, Anja Rabezanahary, Eric Nwoko, Courage Saba, and Blessing Mene Edward Odgers Solution: Doti Gold is a for-profit organization that transforms food waste to gold (animal feed and fertiliser) using the Black Soldier Flies. Doti Gold will produce more affordable inputs mainly proteins for fish and bio fertiliser for […]
GOLD WINNER – Earthmark Team 21: Spencer Jay Horne, T. Adil Chowdhury and Anders Brandt Bangsgaard Solution: Product manufacturers will not use sustainable practices until demanded by consumers, but consumers have no easy way to make the best choices. The Earthmark app allows consumers to easily identify the most sustainable choices within product categories, spurring green […]
GOLD WINNER – HOD – Hear-oes on Demand Team 18: Silvia Muturi, Ryan Scott, Rick Martin, Nela Sladojevic, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, and Madhvi Aggarwal Solution: There is over 1.5 million deaf people in Kenya. The gap between the availability of interpreters and deaf individuals is 1:7500. Institutions which are mandated by the government to provide […]
Although UNLEASH LAB 2017 is over, we are already looking to the future to help all the great solutions become a reality. Congratulations to all our talents for all their hard work. Here are the winners of the five special awards: 1. Most impact potential SmartWrapR Theme: Sustainable Production and Consumption Team 13: Lu Yu, […]
Salman Khan will be joining UNLEASH in Aarhus. Salman “Sal” Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy started as a passion project. Sal’s cousin was struggling with math. He tutored her remotely and posted educational videos on YouTube. So […]
The Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will give a speech during the “UNLEASH Awards Show- Presented by BESTSELLER”. Lars Løkke Rasmussen has served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 2009 to 2011 and again since June 2015. He has been a member of the Danish Parliament since 1994 and Chairman of the Danish Liberal […]
We are happy to announce that actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor and producer, Ashton Kutcher will be coming to UNLEASH on August 21. Ashton Kutcher has been named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as being honored by Vanity Fair ‘s New Establishment List, which identifies the top 50 […]
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be coming to Aarhus to celebrate the SDG Talents. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness, respect and acceptance of women and girls’ sexual and […]
On the final day of UNLEASH, we are happy to have Dee Poon speak on sustainable production and comsumption at Musikhuset, Aarhus. Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution of Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young […]