The UNICEF Funding Opportunity is looking to invest in Open-Source frontier technology solutions that have the potential to create radical change in children’s health, nutrition, and mental health. We are offering up to US$100K in equity-free funding for early-stage, for-profit technology start-ups that can improve the lives of children.
About United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of children and their families. Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality.
UNICEF works with the United Nations and its agencies to make sure that children are on the global agenda.
Benefits of UNICEF Funding Opportunity For Health Tech Startups
Requirements for UNICEF Funding Opportunity For Health Tech Startups
UNICEF’s innovation portfolio approach prioritizes addressing the most challenging problems faced by children and young people through nine thematic portfolios, including maternal, newborn, child & adolescent health, nutrition, mental health, youth, and humanitarian response to reach the most vulnerable populations.
These portfolios prioritize solutions that strengthen systems in remote and low or no connectivity areas, improve access to data, skills and services, and empower and actively engage young people.
UNICEF’s Venture Fund is currently looking to invest in companies that are developing software solutions using frontier technologies such as blockchain, drones, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, or extended reality to strengthen systems for health, including mental health.
- New ways to facilitate social and behavior change that increase both demand and supply of services. Emphasis on appropriate services for persons with disabilities is encouraged.
- Strengthening existing solutions to personalize services (i.e., using human-centered design) that address diverse needs, including for persons with disabilities.
- Advanced analytics tools for health workers to monitor, assess and assist in decision making for needs and coverage for local service planning and delivery.
- Tools which identify and follow-up missed and underserved children, especially those that improve the understanding of the profile or characteristics of low service utilization.
- Models or alternative data sources to improve representation, accuracy and completeness of existing data for health, mental health and/or nutrition.
- Secure data management platforms and tools to improve data collection, access and sharing with a focus on decreasing data bias.
- Exploring non-traditional platforms for collecting new health and nutrition data, such as data on malnutrition (including wasting, stunting, underweight, and obesity); or preventive analysis data from social trends.
- Digital tools to monitor the food environment and/or leverage alternative sources of data such as citizen-sourced data to understand health behavioral insights, such as food availability and consumption patterns.
- Predictive analysis to understand changes in the world such as new patterns, risk factors, behavior insights or other contributors to pathologies and adverse outcomes, or diagnostic protocols and models.
- Upskilling frontline health workers for maternal, child and adolescent health.
- Offering specialized training and resources for youth engagement and advocacy such as extended reality tools for skilling.
- Augmenting workforce capacity in cultural competence, unconscious biases, and social determinants for health, nutrition and mental health.
- Building workforce capacity to deliver disability- and age-appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services.
How to Apply
Application Deadline For UNICEF Funding Opportunity For Health Tech Startups 2024
October 20, 2023.