Who we are

UNLEASH is a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate positive change toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilizing young talented people in community leadership, problem-solving, and launching social and environmental solutions.
Our vision is to be the world’s most inclusive platform for young people to co-create a sustainable future.
We offer different programs to mobilize young people toward co-creating a sustainable future. From brainstorming potential ideas to scaling impactful solutions, our programs focus on:
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Engaging youth from around the globe with the passion and drive to ignite change by challenging traditional approaches and ways of thinking.

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Developing next-generation ideas and partnering talents with individuals, companies, NGOs, government agencies, investors, and foundations that are at the forefront of innovation and global development.

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Supporting winning ideas towards implementation through ongoing support and a global network of partners.

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Engaging youth from around the globe with the passion and drive to ignite change by challenging traditional approaches and ways of thinking

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Developing next-generation ideas and partnering talents with individuals, companies, NGOs, government agencies, investors, and foundations that are at the forefront of innovation and global development.

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Supporting winning ideas towards implementation through ongoing support and a global network of partners.

Our Values

Impact Driven

Inclusive

Positive

Evolving

Amplifying

Our Story

In 2015, the 193 UN Member States adopted the Agenda 2030, 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 (!) targets, to ensure that the world’s most complex and interconnected issues could be addressed. The SDGs present an urgent call for a better and more sustainable future.

One year later in Copenhagen (Denmark) a small group of global and impact-driven organizations decided to join forces to make a valuable contribution to the SDGs.

Their best bet for success? Unleashing the potential of youth! The initiative aimed to gather 1000 young people in a different location each year to co-create innovative solutions for the SDGs, inviting them to bring in their fresh perspectives and disruptive ideas.

This ambition formed the foundation of UNLEASH. Since the first Innovation Lab in 2017, UNLEASH has grown from an initiative that hosts annual innovation labs to a movement with several programs that bring together, support, and mobilize young changemakers throughout the year. Until 2030 and beyond, we will continue building UNLEASH as a movement for real and scalable positive change.

These are some of the most important milestones in our story so far:

The UN adopts Agenda 2030

The Agenda 2030 is a global partnership and development plan, focusing on 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a better, more sustainable future.

Global Innovation Lab Denmark
For the first time, UNLEASH unites 1000 young people from across the globe. The Lab takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Global Innovation Lab China
The third UNLEASH Innovation Lab receives more than 9000 (!) applications, of which 1000 young people are selected to gather in the megacity of Shenzhen in China.
March
Launch of UNLEASH Hacks
The first local Hacks take place across 6 time zones and are attended by 350 participants.
UNLEASH Community platform
UNLEASH launches a community platform, creating a central digital meeting point for all UNLEASH alumni across the globe.
Global Innovation Lab India

The next Global Innovation Lab will take place in Karnataka, India from the 3rd of December to the 11th of December 2022.

UNLEASH is founded
The initiative has the mission to connect and engage 1000 young people yearly to develop innovative solutions addressing the SDGs.
Global Innovation Lab Singapore
During the 8-day Lab, youth from more than 100 different countries co-create solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
UNLEASH Plus
UNLEASH launches a new program to support teams of entrepreneurs to further develop their SDG solutions toward large-scale impact.
November
UNLEASH Ambassadors program
The UNLEASH Ambassador program was launched with the purpose of selecting and training motivated UNLEASH representatives to engage youth in their communities to make a positive local impact.
Regional Innovation Lab Greenland
UNLEASH’s first Regional Innovation Lab will take place in Nuuk, Greenland, between the 20th and 27th of August 2022.
The UN adopts Agenda 2030
The Agenda 2030 is a global partnership and development plan, focusing on 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a better, more sustainable future.
UNLEASH is founded
The initiative has the mission to connect and engage 1000 young people yearly to develop innovative solutions addressing the SDGs.
Global Innovation Lab Denmark
For the first time, UNLEASH unites 1000 young people from across the globe. The Lab takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Global Innovation Lab Singapore
During the 8-day Lab, youth from more than 100 different countries co-create solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Global Innovation Lab China
The third UNLEASH Innovation Lab receives more than 9000 (!) applications, of which 1000 young people are selected to gather in the megacity of Shenzhen in China.
UNLEASH Plus
UNLEASH launches a new program to support teams of entrepreneurs to further develop their SDG solutions toward large-scale impact.
March
Launch of UNLEASH Hacks
The first local Hacks take place across 6 time zones and are attended by 350 participants.
November
UNLEASH Ambassadors program
The UNLEASH Ambassador program was launched with the purpose of selecting and training motivated UNLEASH representatives to engage youth in their communities to make a positive local impact.
UNLEASH Community platform
UNLEASH launches a community platform, creating a central digital meeting point for all UNLEASH alumni across the globe.
Regional Innovation Lab Greenland
UNLEASH’s first Regional Innovation Lab will take place in Nuuk, Greenland, between the 20th and 27th of August 2022.
Global Innovation Lab India
The next Global Innovation Lab will take place in Karnataka, India from the 26th of November to the 4th of December 2022.

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Our Team

UNLEASH is a non-profit initiative, powered by partners from different countries and sectors, and led by a diverse team of people with a passion for innovation and sustainability

Advisory Board

The UNLEASH Global Advisory Board is a group of global development experts from different countries and sectors that advise on important matters for UNLEASH’s strategy and programs.