UNLEASH Programs 2021

In 2021, 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.


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).

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+ 2021 is co-hosted by our Lead Scale Partner Chemonics International.


An online platform and network for collaboration

The UNLEASH Community is comprised of over 4000 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.

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