UNLEASH
Plus

UNLEASH Plus is a 6-month incubation program for young entrepreneurs around the world working on solutions that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program is co-hosted by Chemonics international and supports teams with an existing prototype to become impactful ventures for solving social or environmental challenges.  

The Innovation Process

The UNLEASH Plus program builds upon the core UNLEASH Innovation Methodology, based on human-centered design principles. Teams participating in UNLEASH Plus have already defined a clear problem, selected ideas to solve it, and developed prototypes to understand how the idea will work in real life. The program supports the teams in further developing their initiatives, by providing the right skills, tools, and mindsets to test and launch early-stage solutions, and design them for large-scale impact.
Problem Framing

Defining a problem based on user needs and clear insights

Ideation

rainstorming and selecting ideas to solve the problem

Prototyping

Creating simple versions of the idea to understand how it will work in real life

Testing

Testing the solution with users, learning, and adapting

Implementing

Planning and launching impactful solutions

Program modules

During the program, teams will benefit from e-learning modules, interactive workshops, mentorship and world-class experts to support them in the following topics:

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Lean Management
Focuses on setting goals and priorities, developing an adaptive mindset, and testing the solution in an iterative way
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Impact Measurement
Improves the team’s ability to measure, analyze and communicate the initiative’s impact in a clear and compelling way
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Financials
Includes tools for defining the venture’s business model, planning core revenue and costs streams, and determining future growth potential
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Fundraising
Supports in clarifying financial needs and developing successful fundraising strategies
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High-Performing Team
Includes a leadership program, and focuses on team development, diversity and inclusion, HR, and recruitment
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Go-to-market & storytelling
Centers on developing knowledge of the target market and how to acquire and keep customers, clients, or users
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Designing for Scale
Provides insights into pathways and models for scaling the solution, for example by using “network effects” or platform thinking.
Lean Management
Focuses on setting goals and priorities, developing an adaptive mindset, and testing the solution in an iterative way
High-Performing Team
Includes a world-class leadership program, and focuses on team development, diversity and inclusion, HR, and recruitment
Impact Measurement
Improves the team’s ability to measure, analyze and communicate the initiative’s impact in a clear and compelling way
Go-to-market & storytelling
Centers on developing knowledge of the target market and how to acquire and keep customers, clients, or users
Financials
Includes tools for defining the venture’s business model, planning core revenue and costs streams, and determining future growth potential
Designing for Scale
Provides insights into pathways and models for scaling the solution, for example by using “network effects” or platform thinking.
Fundraising
Supports in clarifying financial needs and developing successful fundraising strategies

Program Phases 2022

The Basecamp
June 11 -12 | Where the journey begins
The first phase is an inspiring and hands-on two-day event that kicks off the UNLEASH Plus program and ensures that teams are set on a trajectory to reach new heights! Participants meet and hear the pitches of the other passionate teams that take part in UNLEASH Plus 2022, engage with the mentors who will support them throughout this journey, and align within their teams on their vision, business model, and priorities for their six-month plan during the program.
The Bootcamp
Nov 26 – Dec 4 | In-person finale in India for the top 25 teams
The program ends with an in-person finale during the Global Innovation Lab in Karnataka (India), where teams receive intensive support from world-class experts to refine their strategies, meet with potential partners, and pitch their solutions to investors that will award cash prizes at the Dragons’ Den. By the end of the UNLEASH Plus program, teams will be able to fully launch their solution and continue their innovative contribution toward achieving the SDGs.
The Ascension

Jun – Nov | Online learning with monthly checkpoints

 

A 21-week interactive online program forms the second phase of the program, which is at the core of UNLEASH Plus.
The participating teams will learn how to run their venture in a lean way, grow a strong team, design their solution for scale, develop a financial model, raise funding, measure their impact, and bring their solution to market. They will receive targeted feedback on their progress through monthly checkpoints with mentors.
Participants will also have direct access to Potentialife, a cutting-edge program for leadership and team effectiveness.

The Basecamp
June 11 -12 | Where the journey begins
The first phase is an inspiring and hands-on two-day event that kicks off the UNLEASH Plus program and ensures that teams are set on a trajectory to reach new heights! Participants meet and hear the pitches of the other passionate teams that take part in UNLEASH Plus 2022, engage with the mentors who will support them throughout this journey, and align within their teams on their vision, business model, and priorities for their six-month plan during the program.
The Ascension
Jun – Nov | Online learning with monthly checkpoints
A 21-week interactive online program forms the second phase of the program, which is at the core of UNLEASH Plus. The participating teams will learn how to run their venture in a lean way, grow a strong team, design their solution for scale, develop a financial model, raise funding, measure their impact, and bring their solution to market. They will receive targeted feedback on their progress through monthly checkpoints with mentors. Participants will also have direct access to Potentialife, a world-class program for leadership and team effectiveness.
The Bootcamp
Nov 26 – Dec 4 | In-person finale in India for the top 25 teams
The program ends with an in-person finale during the Global Innovation Lab in Karnataka (India), where teams receive intensive support from world-class experts to refine their strategies, meet with potential partners, and pitch their solutions to investors that will award cash prizes at the Dragons’ Den. By the end of the UNLEASH Plus program, teams will be able to fully launch their solution and continue their innovative contribution toward achieving the SDGs.

Are you an expert and want to mentor our teams?

Are you an expert and want to mentor our teams?

Mentors play a central role in the UNLEASH Plus program, by providing participating teams with the tailored support they need for transforming their prototypes into impactful ventures

Former innovation Lab solutions

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