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Apply for up to $100K equity-free funding and one year of mentoring. If your technology startup fits the eligibility criteria, we want to hear from you.
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Open call for applications

Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge

Applications due on May 24, 2024
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Closed call for applications

Health, Nutrition and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 2023

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
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Review status
  • EOI Applications Under Review
  • RFP Applications Under Review
  • Investees Announced
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Closed Calls

Investees Announced Call Title Amount invested Recipients
01 Sep 2023 Climate Action Cohort 2023

670560 USD

8 Companies
31 Jan 2023 Blockchain for Digital Inclusion 2022

202335.52 USD

194.2328 ETH

4 Companies
30 Apr 2022 AI and ML for Health and Education 2022

611225.2 USD

2.5675 BTC

64.6704 ETH

9 Companies
18 Feb 2022 Child Online Safety 2022

195000 USD

2 Companies
03 Jun 2021 Blockchain for Financial Inclusion 2021

298900 USD

120.9065 ETH

8 Companies
04 Jun 2020 Skills and Connectivity 2020

1055014 USD

178.9361 ETH

11 Companies
04 Aug 2019 First Drone Cohort 2019

456121 USD

319.0499 ETH

6 Companies
18 Dec 2018 Frontier Tech Cohort 2018

1272629 USD

1 BTC

972.8999 ETH

13 Companies
04 Aug 2018 DS and AI Cohort 2018

964479 USD

47.08 ETH

5 Companies
04 Aug 2017 First AAC Cohort 2017

351213 USD

125 ETH

4 Companies
04 Jun 2016 First Venture Fund Explorations 2016

487433.77 USD

179.172 ETH

5 Companies

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Our application process

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Eligibility check

Month 0 Companies interested in applying to the Venture Fund need to check the eligibility criteria.
click to open accordion Who can submit an Expression of Interest and what are the eligibility criteria?
click to open accordion What kind of ideas and companies will the Venture Fund support?
click to open accordion Do all components of the technology used or proposed to be developed need to be Open Source? Can projects that use a combination of technology products - some Open Source and some closed licenses - qualify to receive funds from the Venture Fund?
click to open accordion If I am a student, can I submit an Expression Of Interest for funding for a school/university project?
click to open accordion Do I have to have a degree or a university qualification to qualify?
click to open accordion If I am a student, can I submit an Expression Of Interest for funding for a school/university project?
click to open accordion If I am a non-profit organization or NGO can I submit an Expression Of Interest tothe fund?
click to open accordion If my company is situated in a country that is not included in the UNICEF Programme Countries list, am I still eligible to submit an Expression Of Interest?
click to open accordion Is it possible for NGOs to apply in collaboration with companies?
click to open accordion What does it mean to have a "working prototype"? Should the whole solution be ready at the moment of application?
click to open accordion Can I outsource the technical expertise in my venture?
click to open accordion Why does each company need to provide real-time data about its project?
click to open accordion My project is currently not Open Source but I’m willing to Open Source it. What do I need to do to be able to be considered for funding?
Interest

expression of interest

Month 1 Companies interested should complete an online application via the Venture Fund website. The application form must include all required information and supporting documents as indicated.
click to open accordion Once a company is selected, what information are we required to share?
click to open accordion What return does the fund look for from the investments it has made?
click to open accordion How do I determine if my venture is in the startup phase?
click to open accordion Can a firm submit multiple proposals?
click to open accordion Where can I submit any other questions I have about the REOI?
click to open accordion Can I submit an expression of interest from anywhere in the world?
click to open accordion How can we remain financially sustainable and make a profit with an Open Source solution?
Short listing

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Month 2-3 The Venture Fund carefully assesses all applications. Shortlisted companies will then be notified and invited to submit a comprehensive proposal called the Request for Proposal (RFP).
click to open accordion Once a company is selected, what information are we required to share?
click to open accordion What return does the fund look for from the investments it has made?
Request for proposals

DEMO INTERVIEW

Month 4-5 Following a careful evaluation of the RFP, companies selected will be invited to an online demo interview. This 30-minute interview offers the opportunity to interact with the Venture Fund team and experts from our frontier technology teams.
Investees announced

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INVESTEES

Month 6 Upon evaluating the application, RFP, and demo interview, the Venture Fund finalizes the investment decision and notifies selected companies. Onboarding begins, and an official announcement is made on public channels.
click to open accordion Once a company is selected, what information are we required to share?
click to open accordion What return does the fund look for from the investments it has made?
click to open accordion How will I know if I have been accepted for funding?
click to open accordion If the company receives funding, does UNICEF own the product or idea?
click to open accordion If my company gets selected for funding, what is the company’s legal status vis-a-vis UNICEF?