Apply for the Fully Funded UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023 in Kigali Rwanda for Change Makers Around the World

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023

Would you like to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals? Join the next UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Rwanda, a thriving start-up hub on the African continent. The UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Rwanda will take place from December 2 to December 8, and changemakers aged between 18-35 will have the opportunity to apply for this transformative (and fully-funded!) experience until July 19.

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023

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UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023

The Innovation Process

During the UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023, 1,000 young participants from all over the world will come up with new ideas and co-create innovative initiatives through human-centered design thinking – a process that focuses on the real needs of the people that the solution caters to. Experienced facilitators and experts will guide the participants through different stages of the innovation process:

Problem Framing

Defining a problem based on user needs and clear insights


Brainstorming and selecting ideas to solve the problem


Creating simple versions of the idea to understand how it will work in real life


Testing the solution with users, learning, and adapting


Planning and launching impactful solutions

The Program

December 2- Opening Ceremony

December 3-6 – Innovation process in teams | Cultural activity

December 7- Innovation wrap-up | Dragons’ Den

December 8 – Closing Ceremony | Farewell party

Who can apply?

The Innovation Lab in Rwanda is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 35. We select participants that are:

  • Passionate and committed to solving the world’s sustainability challenges
  • Creative and have an innovative mindset
  • Enthusiastic about working together with peers and experts
  • Able to understand and communicate in English

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023

More About UNLEASH Rwanda?

UNLEASH is an Innovation Lab for the Sustainable Development Goals, which convenes up to 1,000 Talents for a 7-day innovation program every year. This year, hundreds of young change makers from all over the world will come together in Kigali, Rwanda during the first week of December to co-create solutions for the most pressing sustainability challenges that our planet is facing.

What happens during an UNLEASH Innovation Lab?

UNLEASH annually gather up to 1,000 young change makers from +100 nationalities for a week of innovation around the SDGs. Through our unique UNLEASH Methodology, we enable young people to translate sustainability challenges into impactful solutions.

Our methodology is built around a collaborative innovation process, based on human-centered design principles. In a nutshell, human-centered design starts with focusing on the people you want to design for and ends with tangible products or services, developed to suit their specific needs. The process follows five steps:

  • Problem Framing: Defining a problem based on user needs and insights
  • Ideation: Brainstorming and selecting ideas to solve the problem
  • Prototyping: Creating simple version of the idea to understand how it will work in real life
  • Testing: Testing the solution with users, learning, and adapting
  • Implementing: Planning and launching impactful solutions

At the beginning of the week, individuals from diverse backgrounds are put into groups of 4-5 and work through the five phases of the innovation process, guided by trained UNLEASH facilitators and experts. At the end of the week, the Teams pitch their solution to our partners and fellow peers for a chance to receive recognition, investments from partners or acceptance into the UNLEASH Plus Program to continue their entrepreneurial journey. In addition to the innovation process, our Talents take part in a number of exciting cultural experiences in our host country throughout the week.

Why should I apply for UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023?

Anecdotal feedback from previous participants in UNLEASH Innovation Labs shows that for many of them, their participation is a life-changing event that connects them with the experience, skills, and networks which shape their lives and careers for many years to come.

  • Learn and apply UNLEASH Innovation Methodology to co-create innovative initiatives using human-centered design thinking.
  • Immerse yourself in a week-long program in Kigali, Rwanda, a leading innovation and tech hub in Africa
  • Connect and engage with a diverse community of hundreds of young people, experienced facilitators, and experts who share a mutual passion for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Become part of a global network of thousands of UNLEASH Alumni, fostering ongoing collaboration and support.

Accelerate Impact

At UNLEASH, we believe that collaboration is key to driving sustainable development. We are excited to forge partnerships with organizations, businesses, and institutions who share our vision and want to make a tangible impact. By partnering with UNLEASH, you have the opportunity to connect with a diverse network of changemakers and contribute to the development of innovative solutions for the SDGs.

Apply Here for the UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2023

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