UNICEF Innovation Fund

About the fund 

UNICEF's Innovation (Venture) Fund is a newly established, non-thematic, pooled fund which 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 shape markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: blockchain, UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, quantum computing, genetic engineering, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites and human dynamics.

  1. You must be registered as a private company
  2. Your company/institution must be registered in a UNICEF programme country (see list here)
  3. You’re working on open source technology solutions or willing to be open source under the following licenses or their equivalent:
  4. for software, a BSD license,
  5.  for hardware, a CERN license and
  6. for design or content, a CC-BY license,
  7. You have an existing prototype of the open source solution with promising results from initial pilots.
  8. Your solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable children.
  9. Your project generates publicly-exposed real-time data that can be/is measured.
How to apply 


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