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UNICEF 2021-2022 Funding Opportunity for Tech Start-ups

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. 

If you’ve got a startup using machine learning (ML), data science (DS), or artificial intelligence (AI), registered in one of UNICEF’s program countries, and have a working, open-source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you. 

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About United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of children and their families. Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality. UNICEF works with the United Nations and its agencies to make sure that children are on the global agenda. UNICEF strikes a balance between thorough research and practical solutions for children.... read more


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Aim and Benefits of UNICEF Funding Opportunity

  • All companies of the portfolio receive tailored support for product development, building a business model, and user testing based on their own needs assessment.
  • Startups also gain access to the UNICEF Ventures team’s tech expertise, networks and platforms to help them reach the stage where they can prove that their solutions work and tap into larger funding sources.
  • UNICEF will provide up to $100K equity-free funding to open source frontier tech solutions showing promising results. The funding is intended for prototype testing and validation, and to get the solution  to a stage where the company has proof that the solution and the business model work. This includes being able to generate data to show impact, usability and strategy.

Requirements for UNICEF Funding Opportunity Qualification

  • Registered as a private company.
  • Registered in a UNICEF program country. 
  • Working on open source technology solutions (or willing to be open source) under the following licenses or their equivalent: (i) for software, a BSD license, (ii) for hardware, a CERN license and (iii)  a CC-BY license for design or content, a CC-BY license.
  • An existing prototype of the open source solution with promising results from initial pilots.
  • Solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable children.      
  • Generating publicly exposed real-time data that is measurable.

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Application Deadline

August 2, 2021


How to Apply

For more details,visit UNICEF website



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