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The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100,000 equity-free investments (in USD and/or cryptocurrency) to provide early-stage (seed) financing to for-profit technology startups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

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

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.

Who we’re looking for

UNICEF Innovation fund is currently looking to invest in companies developing blockchain-based software solutions. Examples of areas of interest include but are not limited to Finance, Connect, Empower, and companies that use distributed ledger tech in new, groundbreaking, ways that are scalable, and globally applicable.

What does the UNICEF Innovation Fund provide?

1.) Seed funding 2.) Crypto funding 3.) Business Growth 4.) Networks and platforms 5.) Product and Technology Development 6.) Maximize impact

How to apply

General eligibility criteria

-You must be registered as a private company in a UNICEF programme country;

-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);

-You have an existing prototype of the solution with promising results from initial pilots;

-Your solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of children.


-Submit your expression of interest by completing the form.

-All submissions must be made in English.

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-To support your preparation, please note that the submission form also asks for a link to a 2-min pitch video. Detailed instructions can be found in the form.

The submissions deadline is on 11:59 PM ET July 26th, 2020.

Apply here.

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