|Tech area||Impact||Company Attributes||Country|
|Data Science+AI||Angaza Elimu: Using AI for On-Demand Education||Angaza Elimu||Kenya|
|Data Science+AI||OTTAA Project: AI Algorithms for Assistive Communication||Comunicacion Aumentativa||Chile|
|Data Science+AI||Elsa by Inspired Ideas: AI-powered pediatric health assistant tool||Inspired Ideas||United Republic of Tanzania (the)|
|Data Science+AI||Giraffe: South African Automated Job Matching Platform||Giraffe||South Africa|
|VR+AR||WonderTree: AR to Accelerate Learning and Development||WonderTree||Pakistan|
|VR+AR||VRapeutic: VR Therapeutic Interventions for Children||VRapeutic||Egypt|
|VR+AR||Propter: XR Software for Immersive Learning||Propter||Serbia|
|Data Science+AI||GeoSpatial: Mapping using AI and Satellite data||Geospoc GeoSpatial||India|
|Data Science+AI||I-Stem: AI-powered platform for students with disabilities||ISTEM||India|
|VR+AR||Stock Knowledge: Gamified adaptive learning tool||Stock Knowledge||Philippines|
|VR+AR||Agora for Education and Development||Agora for Educational Development||Egypt|
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 start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme 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.
We are currently looking to invest in companies that are using data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence or similar technologies to build solutions that respond to the following questions:
Are you using new sources of data such as satellite imagery or social media and applying data science or artificial intelligence techniques to understand the physical world that we live in?
Or are you generating and curating data for any of the above?
There are numerous applications of data-science, this call is not necessarily limited to the above descriptions. We are interested in companies that apply data-science in new, groundbreaking, ways that are scalable, globally applicable, and can be used for the benefit of humanity.
When to apply
We encourage you to submit your application when ready as we will be reviewing on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.
**Deadline February 28.
Who can apply
**Women led projects are encouraged to apply.
Seed funding. The Fund provides up to $100,000 in equity-free seed funding. The money is intended for you to validate and test your prototype, and get it to a stage where the company has proof that your solution works.
Product and technology development. Selected startups will receive technical assistance from the UNICEF Ventures team to help validate and improve their solutions. Additionally, startups are plugged into a data-science focused cohort where they will be connected with other companies working on similar solutions, exchange lessons learned and share critical data.
Business Growth. The Fund taps into a network of mentors who help startup teams develop their business model and strategy to grow their companies and ultimately profit.
Data networks and platforms. UNICEF Ventures has a dedicated Data-Science team since 2014, developing partnerships, data platforms, and use cases. Through our network you can get access to world class researchers, corporate partnerships, and additional datasets. Read about our latest partnership stories here.
Maximize impact for children. As the world’s leading organisation for children, UNICEF has a network of experts and partners across its Country Offices who can provide geographically localized advice on your solution, assess its impact, and develop partnerships needed to reach more users.