Need funding for your tech startup? Receive up to $90,000 from UNICEF

Receive up to $90,000 from UNICEF. UNICEF Innovation Fund - - tech tips, news and hacks

Summary of this Opportunity

Opportunity type: financial and technological support
Sponsor: UNICEF and partners
Eligible countries: Countries on this list
Deadline: None – submissions are reviewed on a regular basis

“UNICEF’s Venture Fund provides Financial and technological support for companies that can show a strong founding team and a clear path to improving the lives of children.”

About UNICEF Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund allows UNICEF to quickly assess, fund and grow open-source solutions that can improve lives of the most vulnerable children. Financial and technological support is available for companies that are using technology in innovative ways to improve the world.

UNICEF invests in solutions clustered around industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, machine learning, quantum computing, genetic engineering, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites and human dynamics.

Who should apply?

Open-source projects that have already been started and show some positive indicators but need funding to take it to a level where it can really attract additional investment and funding by generating real data.

For instance, you are welcome to apply if you need a small amount of money to:

  • Get your prototype to the stage where the company has proof that the solution works for other people
  • Hire additional developers
  • Design help to communicate what the project can do
  • Acquire additional server space
  • Refactor something into a new language for scalability
  • Perform tests in a new area
  • Get some data points

The UNICEF Innovation Fund can help with these kinds of investments up to $90,000 to support the acceleration of your company’s work. The next stage after that proof would be going for more funding (this could be private sector investment or grant-funding, or other; depending on the type of technology and solution.


A. You must be registered as a private company
B. Your company/institution must be registered in a UNICEF programme country (see list here)
C. You’re 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) for design or content, a CC-BY license,
D. You have an existing prototype of the open source solution with promising results from initial pilots.
E. Your solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable children.
F. Your project generates publicly-exposed real-time data that can be/is measured.

How to apply – 4 steps

Step 1

Check that your company and project meets all the eligibility requirements (see eligibility above)

Step 2

Read the full Request for Expressions of Interest document available here

This will help you understand the submission process and to learn more about the kinds of projects that qualify and how the scoring will be done.

Step 3

If you have any questions?
Read our FAQ’s about the process.
Submit any questions you may have. Responses will be posted regularly.
Check out answers to the latest questions that others submitted.
Check out answers to questions that others submitted before August 14, 2017.

Step 4

Submit your expression of interest by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
All submissions must be made in English.
If you wish to preview the questions to prepare your submission, view/download this PDF.
To support your preparation, please note that the submission form also asks for a link to a 2-min pitch video. Detailed instructions can be found in the form.

Important point to note:

Submissions will be reviewed on a regular basis and shortlisted companies will be notified within three months after submission.

Only shortlisted vendors will be contacted and thereafter included in the next stage of the process

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