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UNICEF Innovation Fund for Profit Technology Startups

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 8, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on July 25, 2020
UNICEF Innovation Fund logo
UNICEF Innovation Fund logo

Given the current global climate and a dramatic shift to a digital world as a result of COVID-19, open-source solutions that address critical needs for society are as important as ever.

UNICEF is currently looking to invest in companies developing blockchain-based software solutions.
Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
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The funding is not necessarily limited to the above.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. You must be registered as a private company in a UNICEF programme country;
2. You are working on open source technology solutions or willing to be open-source under the following licenses or their equivalent: BSD, GNU, MIT (software), CERN, MIT, TAPR (hardware), or CC-BY (content);
3. You have an existing prototype of the solution with promising results from initial pilots;
4. Your solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of children.

If you are aligned with the general criteria, they want to hear from you.

Applicants have the opportunity to receive a portion of funding in cryptocurrency (bitcoin or ether) through the recently launched CryptoFund.

Utilize This Offer

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments (in USD and/or cryptocurrency) to provide early stage (seed) financing and mentoring to for-profit technology startups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

We are interested in companies that use distributed ledger tech in new, groundbreaking, ways that are scalable, and globally applicable. We are currently looking to invest in companies developing blockchain-based software solutions.

Female-founded start-ups are encouraged to apply

Deadline: July 26, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 08, 2020
Jul 08, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 10, 2020
Jul 10, 2020

Thanks, Ana.