UNLEASH: Innovation Lab 2019 in China


Do not miss the opportunity to be one of the 1,000 UNLEASH talents who will collaborate on solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

UNLEASH invites the top talent from around the world for a week of innovation in Shenzhen in China, from November 6 – 13, 2019. UNLEASH covers all expenses for travel, accommodation, curriculum and activities and provides you with a new toolset for how to innovate, create impact at scale and collaborate with experts, mentors and facilitators from all over the world.

UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. UNLEASH is a non-profit started in 2017. Since 2017, UNLEASH has been held in Denmark and in Singapore. In 2019, UNLEASH will take place in Shenzhen in China.

In less than two years, UNLEASH has gathered 2,000 talents from 143 countries, developed 370 tangible solutions to the SDGs, partnered with +300 organizations, and been recognized as one of the world’s most influential sustainability brands.

The next UNLEASH Innovation Lab will take place in Shenzhen, China between 6-13 November 2019.

  • Kick-off and welcome to Shenzhen: November 6

Talents are introduced to the city of Shenzhen, the Sustainable Development Goals, and each other.

SDG Innovation Lab:  November 7 – 11

Talents convene around core SDG themes to co-create and generate tangible solutions to global challenges.

Culmination and UNLEASH Awards Show: November 12 – 13

UNLEASH culminates with massive collaboration activities and final award show. The best solutions will be given awards and some of the most influential people in the world will speak about the importance of the 2030 Agenda


  • UNLEASH talents are selected based on an assessment of five criteria:
    • Demonstrated passion and commitment to solving the world’s pressing challenges
    • Possession of a creative and innovative mindset
    • Willingness to engage in co-creation with peers and experts
    • High proficiency in English with the ability to engage in complex discussions
    • Approximately 20-35 years of age
    • As such, applicants will not qualify for UNLEASH if they have a specific idea for a solution to the SDGs that they are intending on pursuing further, and are unwilling to work on a completely new idea or to challenge their existing idea significantly.
  • Talents must fulfill one of the following:
    • Entrepreneurs: Recently launched/or considered launching start-ups, organizations, or campaigns at a very early stage (both non- and for-profit)
    • Intrapreneurs: Improved or changed entities, e.g. through R&D, business development, or organizational changes
    • Academia: Acquired in-depth content knowledge, e.g. via a PhD position, post-doctoral position, research projects, or advanced master courses
    • Technical experts: Possession of skills, tools, or know-how (e.g. in storytelling, design, technology, etc.)
  • UNLEASH is not an accelerator for existing ideas, but rather a place for collaboration and unfolding of new ideas. UNLEASH seeks to source early stage ideas and applicants need to be willing to work with others. As such, applicants will not qualify for UNLEASH if they:
    • Are not willing to work on completely new ideas or challenge their existing idea significantly through collaboration with other participants
    • Launched their current idea in an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial capacity that they are working on full-time, and intend to only use UNLEASH to further this idea
    • Have generated revenue (e.g. from customers, users) or raised funding (e.g. from grants, investors) for their current / newest idea, and intend to use UNLEASH to work on this idea
    • Have multiple full-time paid employees working on their current / newest idea.


  • UNLEASH will cover the costs of flights, visa, local transport, accommodation, food, curriculum, facilitation, and program activities for the entire event.
  • UNLEASH will cover visa application fees. Upon being accepted, talents will receive instructions on when and how to submit receipts documenting their visa application costs, and how their reimbursements will be made.
  • UNLEASH will provide talents with transportation throughout the event, including transportation from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to the venue and upon departure as well.
  • Participating teams get to face real life challenges SDG themes from multiple angles.
  • Participating teams work are facilitated by the process of innovation, uniquely tailored by UNLEASH and Deloitte
  • The solutions provided by the participants are tested with leading experts and company partners, then refined, and ultimately presented to peers and panels of judges and mentors.
  • By the end, each team of talents has a draft SDG solution, implementation plan, and presentation – making them ready for their pitches.
  • All teams present their solutions and the top teams advance to present their solutions to investors and experts, and a gold, silver and bronze winner is chosen.
  • Talents must pay a participation fee of USD 150 after being accepted. If you are accepted, you will receive information on how this fee is collected. However, there are scholarships available for applicants who would otherwise not be able to attend UNLEASH.
    • The scholarship exempts talents from having to pay a participation fee of USD 150 to attend UNLEASH and reimburses the visa application fee. In rare cases, UNLEASH may also reimburse transportation costs associated with visa application. UNLEASH will only do so in cases where the transportation cost is significant (e.g. if you must travel a very long distance to the nearest visa center). Note that you must be able to document that you have travelled by the cheapest reasonable mode of transport.

Application Procedure

To Apply: Click Here

For further information; Click Here

Application Deadline: April 18, 2019

Please follow and like us:


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here