The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments (in USD and/or cryptocurrency) to provide early-stage (seed) financing and mentoring to for-profit technology startups that have the potential to benefit humanity.
Applicants could receive a portion of funding in cryptocurrency (bitcoin or ether) through CryptoFund.
Given the current global climate and a dramatic shift to a digital world because of COVID-19, open-source solutions that address critical needs for society are as important as ever.
If you have a startup registered in one of UNICEF’s program countries and have a working, open-source blockchain prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, UNICEF is looking for you.
UNICEF is currently looking to invest in companies developing blockchain-based software solutions. Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
Financing enables individual people to participate in and contribute to various ecosystems.
UNICEF is seeking solutions that :
Around the world, groups work together to deliver services. Increased transparency and accountability in these processes lead to better results.
UNICEF is seeking solutions that:
UNICEF supports the creation of open-source software to ultimately enable communities with new tools.
UNICEF is interested in solutions that empower local communities to engage with systems in new ways, such as those that:
The Fund provides up to $100,000 in equity-free seed funding, in USD. The investment is intended for prototype testing and validation, and to get it to a stage where the company has proof that the solution works.
Selected startups also can receive part of their funding in cryptocurrency. The UNICEF CryptoFund disburses funds in both bitcoin and ether.
The Fund taps into a network of mentors who help startup teams develop their business model and strategy to grow their company and ultimately profit.
Networks and platforms
UNICEF Ventures has a blockchain and computer science team with access to corporate partnerships and use cases that selected blockchain start-ups can benefit from.
Product and Technology Development
Investees receive technical assistance from the UNICEF Ventures team and dedicated expert mentors to help validate and improve their solutions.
As the world’s leading organization for children, UNICEF has a network of experts and partners across its Country Offices who can provide localized advice and partnerships needed to reach more users.
The submissions deadline is on 11:59 PM ET July 26th, 2020. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.
Female-founded start-ups are encouraged to apply.