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August 13, 2017 @ 8:00 AMAugust 21, 2017 @ 5:00 PM CEST

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.

Copenhagen Kick-off

The SDG talents arriving on Saturday August 12th are accommodated in downtown Copenhagen and meet up in the vibrant Meatpacking District for an organic street food dinner followed by drinks and music.

UNLEASH kicks off on Sunday August 13th at the Train Workshop, a raw, industrial space where participants enjoy a day of inspirational speakers, team activities and initial work on SDG solutions. Talents take part in case challenges with innovative companies, experts and start-ups.

In Copenhagen, the talents explore a range of innovative companies around the city when they go on the SDG Roadmap, before meeting at City Hall where the Mayor sends the talents off to Folk High Schools.

SDG Innovation Lab facilitated by Deloitte

The talents go through a facilitated process of innovation, uniquely tailored by UNLEASH and Deloitte. They form teams to explore real-life challenges within the 7 themes from multiple angles, before defining specific problems and coming up with preliminary solutions. These are tested with leading experts and company partners, then refined, and ultimately presented to peers and panels of judges and mentors.

The SDG Innovation Challenge takes place at 10 Folk High Schools, unique learning institutions located in the Danish countryside. Folk High Schools focus on personal development, open collaboration, and hands-on learning, and these approaches inform the SDG problem-solving to unlock new perspectives.

At the end of this rapid-fire innovation process, each team of talents have a draft SDG solution, implementation plan, and presentation – getting them ready for Aarhus!

Culmination and UNLEASH Awards Show Presented by BESTSELLER

The culmination of the UNLEASH Innovation Lab takes place across 3 days in Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture 2017. In Aarhus, all talents gather before the final sprint on their SDG solutions.

All teams present their solutions to peers, investors and experts within their field. A number of teams advance to present their solutions in a Dragons’ Den format, and one winner per theme is chosen. Later all talents gather for a massive party.

On Monday August 21st, all talents and UNLEASH partners come together for the “UNLEASH Award Show – Presented by BESTSELLER” at Musikhuset, where innovators and thought leaders celebrate their work and launch the global UNLEASH movement.


August 13, 2017 @ 8:00 AM CEST
August 21, 2017 @ 5:00 PM CEST
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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