Join the next group of aspiring creative leaders from a mixture of social, commercial, corporate and public sectors.

Work together with peers and master practitioners to further grow your creative leadership competencies and develop a range of innovative ventures to solve today’s biggest societal challenges.

How does it work?

Tools and Methodology

Coaching and Mentoring





Our master practitioners will guide you through our unique and internationally recognized experiential curriculum. Become equipped with a range of tools and mindsets to lead breakthrough innovation.

Receive one-on-one coaching sessions from experienced coaches to help develop your leadership skills and your socially-focused entrepreneurial enterprise.

Gain access to a community of over 400 creative leaders from around the world. They will become your co-founders, collaborators, and peer coaches, with bonds that will last a lifetime.

What have others learned?

What will I work on?

The experiential program will lead you down 2 distinct learning paths: leadership development – Quest, and enterprise development – Endeavor. You will put these learnings into practice during Challenge as you develop real innovative solutions to major societal issues with geographical relevance to your program’s location.

Our research shows that around the world, startups have a 50% survival rate, of which just 0.4% scale up. These Scale-ups are characterized by two elements: teams of true creative leaders and innovative enterprise concepts. We develop both elements through the pillars of Quest and Endeavor.

Challenge provides the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams, gain a diverse range of insights from your fellow participants and explore new mindsets and skills in a safe sandbox environment.

In many past classes, Challenge has catalyzed a number of entrepreneurial projects that participants have chosen to pursue full-time. Below are examples of Challenge topics explored by participants.

Renewable Prosperity




Which THNK Home is best for me?


4 Modules

Amsterdam is a vibrant, entrepreneurial, international city and the birthplace of THNK. View examples of past Amsterdam Challenge topics below:


Reducing Food Waste

We can feed an additional 3 billion people if we stop wasting food. Stakeholders along the food value chain can benefit economically from reducing waste. Saving one-fourth of the food currently wasted is enough to feed all the hungry people in the world. From our farms to grocery stores to dinner tables, much of the food we grow is never eaten. This presents a huge opportunities for innovation all the way from soil to stomach.


Kids’ Healthy Lifestyles

The number of overweight children in the developed countries has nearly doubled in recent years. For most children, becoming overweight is a result of unhealthy eating patterns and too little physical activity. Since these habits are established in early childhood, efforts to prevent obesity should begin early. Parents and caregivers can help prevent childhood obesity by providing healthy meals and snacks, daily physical activity, and nutrition education. Increased physical activity reduces health risks and helps weight management. Nutrition education helps young children develop an awareness of good nutrition and healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Yet making healthy changes is easier said than done. Even when we’re strongly motivated, adopting a new healthy habit, or breaking an old bad one, can be terribly difficult. They often feel like chores. This opens a big opportunity for innovation of health “interventions” that are sticky, seamless and fun.


Re-Imagining (City) Governments for 21st Century Citizens

(City) governments in the twenty-first century face challenges regarding service delivery, finance, the workforce, and citizen engagement. While privatization was a major innovation in the last decades of the twentieth century, lack of costs savings and the loss of public values in market provision are prompting reversals in privatization, increases in regulation, and new approaches to government enterprise. The twenty-first century must focus on rebuilding the capacity of (city) governments to finance critical infrastructure, attract and retain a skilled labor force, and engage citizen in designing innovative solutions to address public problems. This presents a big opportunity for innovations in public service delivery towards models that more effectively balance citizen engagement, accountability, equity, and efficiency concerns.


Program Dates:
Module 1: 11 March – 17 March 2017
Module 2: 5 May – 12 May 2017
Module 3: 23 June – 30 June 2017
Module 4: 4 September – 10 September 2017

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3 Modules

Shaped by water as an early sea-faring nation, Lisbon’s cultural identity is both fluid and explorative. View examples of past Lisbon Challenge topics below:


Renewable Prosperity

Renewable Prosperity pulls for creative solutions for our future, within connectivity (the Internet), water, energy, food, health, useful materials, and work, that thrive on the interest without tapping into the Planet’s capital, making the most of endogenous resources for societal resilience.


Program Dates:
Module 1: September 21 – September 26, 2017
Module 2: October 26 – October 31, 2017
Module 3: November 30 – December 5, 2017

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Ashoka Fellow

Peter Mandeno,

Founder at dotworks

“THNK has had a huge impact on me personally and professionally to truly find my passion and purpose whilst giving me tools to transform the way I work.”

“THNK provided me with the insights of the missing piece of the puzzle for me to take my social enterprise to the next level of impact; to step into the black hole and to confidently connect with crazy, talented THNKers.”

“I love to play at the intersection of culture and industry. THNK has become an incredible global playground of opportunity.”

How do I find out more?

To discover whether this is the right program for you, please download our Creative Leadership Program brochure.

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further questions? please contact a member of our global program adviser team



Lisa Ring Van Eek,



Gemma Roex,



Ben Tirone Nunes,