UNLEASH+ Program 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

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UNLEASH+ Program 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs

Date: August 31 – December 5, 2020

Deadline: July 27, 2020

Summary: UNLEASH+ is a 6-month pre-acceleration program designed to support teams of 2-4 members with at least one UNLEASH alumnus, having prototyped and tested a solution addressing the SDGs.

Details: The program provides new tools, support from world-class experts, and access to relevant partners. The program’s goal is that teams design their solutions for scaled impact and successfully bring them to market. It includes three components:

  • PART 1 – UNLEASH+ Online: A 14-week online program focusing on the teams driving solutions to address the SDGs, further developing their prototypes, and preparing a full business case to effectively and sustainably reach beneficiaries.
  • PART 2 – UNLEASH+ Bootcamp: A 4-day Bootcamp (held online this year) with highly tailored support for the teams and the opportunity to pitch to a panel of funders and partners.
  • PART 3. UNLEASH+ Connect: Support on the next steps after the program, and connections with partner capacity builders and funders to take the solution further.

As is the case for the global Innovation Lab, the UNLEASH+ Bootcamp, which is normally an in-person component of UNLEASH+, will not be held physically in 2020 due to COVID-19. They are therefore moving the Bootcamp online, without compromising on experience, quality, and outcomes.

Benefits:

Participants will

  • Get access to tailored support and new exclusive tools;
  • Share and learn from other active social entrepreneurs;
  • Get mentorship from world-class experts and innovators;
  • Connect with impactful funders and accelerators.

Eligibility:

  • Your team must have a tested prototype;
  • At least one of your team members must be an UNLEASH alumnus. Other team members do not need to be from the UNLEASH community, although of course teams with multiple UNLEASH alumni are welcome.
  • Your solution has raised less than $500,000 USD to date.
  • Have at least 2 team members in total.

Expectations:

Teams are expected to commit to the UNLEASH+ Online Program:

  • One Webinar or workshop of 2 hours per fortnight to learn about prototyping, strategy, and team development
  • One interactive session with facilitators 1 hour per fortnight (Teams are expected to make the most of facilitator check-ins and attend prepared)
  • One hour per week will be spent on personal development and related discussions with peers through our partner Potentialife program
  • At least one hour per month spent in peer-feedback sessions
  • One deliverable submission per fortnight (Teams are expected to provide deliverables on time))
  • In addition to the above, teams are expected to work together for a minimum of three hours per week per team on UNLEASH+ materials and deliverables (i.e. canvases, diagnostic tool)
  • They expect a total of 6-8 hours per week, to be spread amongst all team members.

Application:

The program will run in parts:

  • Part 1: The online program begins on August 31, 2020, and will be running until December 5, 2020.
  • Part 2: Top teams from the online program will be selected to take part in the 4-day online Bootcamp from December 9-13, 2020.
  • Part 3: Until February 2021, all the teams that completed the online program will receive support to prepare for their next steps and connect with capacity builders and/or funders.

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