UNLEASH Programs 2020

In 2020, all UNLEASH activities will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNLEASH offers three different program components this year: UNLEASH Hacks, which are local hackathons solving sustainability challenges, UNLEASH+ a pre-acceleration program for UNLEASH Alumni who are actively building a solution, and the UNLEASH Community which includes opportunities for participants from all our programs within the last three years.


Local Hackathons for the SDGs

The UNLEASH Hacks are localized innovation processes addressing sustainability challenges in specific contexts. With the UNLEASH community and methodology as a foundation, they can be highly adapted to local needs. Through a collaborative 2-day event, organized by UNLEASH Alumni, passionate talents work with local stakeholders and community leaders to collectively solve problems and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).To best address local challenges, 3 different Hack formats are available: problem solving, prototyping, and implementation.

Learn more about Hacks here.


A Pre-Accelerator for Alumni co-hosted by Chemonics International

UNLEASH+ is a pre-accelerator for early-stage solutions with a tested prototype. UNLEASH+ strives to fill the gap between building a prototype and reaching users and customers with a solution. UNLEASH+ is not an accelerator program, but rather it is a way to help teams be ready to fully launch their solution and/or to access a network of partner accelerators. Therefore, UNLEASH+ is looking for solutions with early traction or that have not yet entered the market but can be ready to do so. Teams should have a prototype of their solution (e.g. of their service, technology, product, or model) and should also have documented feedback from testing this prototype with real users. In essence, this means teams that have completed the Prototype Phase and Testing Phase gate requirements at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab.

UNLEASH+ 2020 is co-hosted by our Lead Scale Partner Chemonics International.

Learn more about UNLEASH+ here.


An online platform and network for collaboration

The UNLEASH Community is comprised of over 3000 talents, facilitators, experts, mentors, masters and participants in UNLEASH programs. The online Community Platform aims to provide its members with opportunities for further developing solutions or skill sets. UNLEASH curates resources and puts talents in touch with external experts, funders, and partners needed to bring ideas to life and foster new connections.

UNLEASH+ 2020 judges


Since joining Chemonics in 1998, President and CEO Jamey Butcher has served across a variety of roles and regions. Most recently, Mr. Butcher oversaw Chemonics’ global health and supply chain portfolio. In that capacity, he led efforts to implement sustainable supply chains, improve health service delivery, and scale up innovative approaches in developing country environments. He also championed the development of Chemonics’ knowledge sharing and learning hub that provides continual learning opportunities for Chemonics’ global network of more than 5,000 employees. In addition to diversifying and expanding the company’s portfolio, he developed a quality assurance approach to new business and trained staff in innovative enterprise development methods.

Mr. Butcher will be a judge on UNLEASH+.

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