Call for Applications, UNLEASH Singapore Awards 2018

Deadline:  15 February 2018
Open to: only individuals
Venue: 30 May– 06 June 2018, Singapore


All talents gathered before the final sprint on their SDG solutions. All teams present their solutions and the top teams advance to present their solutions to investors and experts. The top teams within each SDG theme present in front of a high-level panel, and a gold, silver and bronze winner is chosen. At the final UNLEASH Awards Show all talents and UNLEASH partners come together, and innovators and thought leaders celebrate their work. The final winners get to pitch in front of everybody and are handed special awards.

Every year until the culmination of the 2030 Agenda UNLEASH will be held in a new country. The SDGs will be explored through the lens of the host country, using local ways of living, thinking and working to ignite discussion and unlock new perspectives.


UNLEASH is not an accelerator for existing ideas, but rather a place for new ideas and collaboration. 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 to challenging 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, and intend to use UNLEASH to only work on this idea.

No, UNLEASH will only accept application in individual capacity.


You need to pay your flight tickets (and visa if needed) up front. After the program you will get your flight tickets reimbursed to your bank account. You will be reimbursed up to the flatrate for the city, that you will be travelling to UNLEASH from. You will submit all the information required for your reimbursement when you submit information on your travel plans. 

UNLEASH does not cover your travel expenses to visa offices. In few instances UNLEASH will help you cover your travel costs, but only if you are facing severe financial obstacles.

UNLEASH will only cover your transportation costs to the airport if you are to travel more than six hours and you are not able to pay that yourself.

UNLEASH will not cover your transportation from and to the airport upon arrival and departure, but all other transport throughout the event is covered.

All costs related to participation in the program will be covered by the UNLEASH association, including flight travel to Singapore, accommodation, food, curriculum and facilitation for the entire event. All talents are however asked to pay a fee of 150 USD to mitigate no shows and to ensure that we do not have empty seats, where other talents could have come.

You will receive your reimbursement as a bank transfer after the program.

Your participant fee will be deducted from your flight reimbursement. If your travel costs are less than the cost of the participant fee, we will contact you separately about paying this fee.

No. The flat rate only reflects the maximum amount UNLEASH will reimburse for your flight ticket. In addition to that UNLEASH will reimburse your visa costs, which does not include transportation to the visa office.

You should include an ask for a scholarship when applying. Only a limited number of talents will receive this, so please only include this if there is no way for you to pay the 150 USD participation fee.

In rare instances, the UNLEASH project can be helpful with the outlay. Please try to solve the outlay problem within your own network before stating your need for help during the application process. If you are selected as a talent, we will get in touch to ask for an application for a scholarship. If you do not meet the requirements for a scholarship, your spot will be given to someone else.


UNLEASH is a global innovation lab for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that will take place in Singapore from May 30 – June 6.

For more information and questions about the program, please read here. For questions about the application platform, please read here.

Applications are open from January 15 – February 15. Answers will be sent out by March 1.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.