Apply For The 2021 $100k UNICEF Innovation Fund for Startups

Receive up to $100k grant from the UNICEF 2021 Innovation Fund for your technology startup.

About The Program

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early-stage finance, aka seed capital, 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 programme countries (Nigeria included), 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. 

Funding Criteria

The UNICEF is 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?  

  • Adaptive learning solutions that can support self-learning and/or enable teachers to offer greater personalization of learning 
  • Online solutions using AI for personalizing or adapting content and information in multiple languages 
  • AI-powered voice assistants and chatbots to provide personalized help and guidance, for children, teachers and healthcare workers (including community health workers and including mental health and psychosocial well-being) 
  • Software that can review trends, identify mistakes and assess performance, including but not limited to health diagnostics, automated assessments, etc. 
  • Tools for converting content into universally designed/accessible formats, such as text to speech; image to speech including predictive structure (AAC); and sign language avatars 

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? 

  • Applying optimization techniques to improve service delivery (health), resource allocation (connectivity) or content delivery (education) 
  • Using ML/AI to understand the relationships between different variables that impact development indicators (i.e. learning, socio-economic, health, or infrastructure). 
  • Predictive analysis to understand changes in the world such as new patterns, risk factors or contributors to pathologies and adverse outcomes, or diagnostic protocols and models 
  • Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) or similar techniques to analyze large amounts of text, for example job market trends or predict efficiency in supply tracking and allocation of resources

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

  • Gathering and combining existing data from different sources 
  • Generating new data through field data collection, crowdsourcing or social network platforms  
  • Building solutions to measure and monitor delivery of services (e.g. in health, education) 
  • Using novel approaches to generate, as well as to validate, large amounts of training data 

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, kindly visit the link below to apply.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund 2021

Application Deadline: 

The UNICEF Innovation Fund closes on the 2nd of August 2021. So, hurry and apply now.