Deadline: August 2, 2021.

UNICEF Innovation Fund Program for Tech Startups

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. COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the digital divide within, between countries and regions, making access to digital platforms and services a key priority. 

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The world is facing a learning crisis. More children and young people than ever before are enrolled in school – but 250 million remain out of school and are not developing the skills they need to break out of poverty. Quality of and access to education and skills-development opportunities are limited – especially for the most marginalized children and young people, including girls, and children with disabilities. 

The pandemic has also further exacerbated inequities in access to public health and healthcare services for children and adolescents. While children appear to be largely spared the direct mortality impacts of COVID-19, the indirect effects stemming from strained health systems threaten to reverse decades of progress. Now more than ever, we need to accelerate impact in health, including childhood immunizations, to make sure children and adolescents survive and thrive and reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The crisis is also disproportionately affecting young people’s mental health, their well-being, and their future. 

The growth of technology and online tools means we can deliver learning, health and psycho-social support opportunities anywhere, at any time. 

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They are currently looking to invest in companies that are using machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), or data science (DS) technologies to build software solutions that respond to the following questions: 

Area 1: Are you creating platforms for personalized services? Or are you providing tools to automate processes and decision-making?  

Area 2: Are you building tools to optimize system performance for greater access to and delivery of services? Or are you trying to use data science, machine learning or artificial intelligence techniques to generate new insights from data? 

Area 3: Are you generating and curating data for any of the above?  


For more information visit the official webpage of UNICEF Innovation Fund Program for Tech Startups

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