The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to 100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.
Nearly 4 billion people (29% of whom are 18-24 year-olds) remain unconnected from the internet, and by extension unconnected to digital products that could dramatically improve their lives.
Adding to this challenge, the gender digital divide is also growing, and studies show men outnumber women on the internet as much as two to one. Unless things change, a big part of this rapidly growing group of young people is in danger of being left behind, excluded from the modern digital world.
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is interested in learning about startups that are innovating in the spaces of digital connectivity, remedial learning, remote learning and work, and job matching for young people and adolescents.
Only shortlisted companies will be contacted with a Request for Proposal to be considered for our funding opportunity. The last date to submit this form is September 30, 2019.
Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be eligible:
(i) for software, a BSD license,
(ii) for design or content, a CC-BY license
UNICEF’s Innovation Fund has been specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology – so that UNICEF can both share markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children.
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The UNICEF Innovation fund invests in solutions clusters around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a global partnership to change the status quo and overcome barriers to young people’s progress, such as the lack of basic connectivity, quality education and training opportunities. This round of investments will address four “Global Breakthrough” areas identified as opportunities in the GenU agenda: job-matching, remedial learning, remote learning and work, and digital connectivity.
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