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Apply for UNICEF Call for Frontier Technology Startups (up to $100K equity-free funding and one year of mentoring)!

UNICEF Call for Frontier Technology Startups

Rolling call for Expressions of Interest 2023 – 2024

The UNICEF Venture Fund is interested in learning about startups that are innovating in sectors that can positively impact the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. If you are developing a solution using data science, machine learning, virtual reality, blockchain or drones then apply for the UNICEF Call for Frontier Technology Startups, UNICEF wants to hear from you!

UNICEF will contact shortlisted companies with a Request for Proposal to be considered for the funding opportunity. 

Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be eligible for the UNICEF Call for Frontier Technology Startups:

  • Registered as a private company
  • Registered in a UNICEF programme country 
  • An existing prototype of the solution with promising results from initial pilots
  • Working on Open Source technology solutions. Open source software is software that can be freely used, modified, and shared (in both modified and unmodified form) by anyone. For a comprehensive definition, see the Open Source Initiative’s Definition. If your solution isn’t already open source, UNICEF expect it to be made available as such. UNICEF recommend the following licenses: Software: From the Open Source Initiative approved licenses, such as one of the GNU public licenses, BSD license, or MIT license. Hardware: CERN, MIT, or TAPR licenses. Design or Content: CC-BY license


  • Applications must be submitted in English. 
  • Women-led and women-founded startups are encouraged to apply.
  • Youth-led startups (led by individuals younger than 35 years old) are encouraged to apply.
  • Application deadline: 11:59 PM (CET), 30 May 2024



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