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Apply Now: $70,000 Seed Funding for Your Internet Access Ideas

By Wayan Vota on July 5, 2021

Internet Access Funding

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly exacerbated the already profound implications of having 3.7 billion unconnected people across the globe. Unconnected populations lack access to digital healthcare, eLearning opportunities, or agritech services.

Register Now for $4 Billion in USAID Funding

In addition, falling global economies are creating global food insecurity, forcing those lacking internet access to make tradeoffs between staying healthy or earning a living. Governments and nonprofits are also challenged to support their offline constituents with online services.

IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge

IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge is seeking innovative conceptual ideas or solutions from early-stage projects pursuing unique ways to increase affordable Internet access and usage for unconnected (or under-connected) populations in three categories:

  • Technology Applications to increase broadband connectivity and access
  • Business Models that result in increased affordability
  • Community Enablement which increases populations’ adoption of available broadband services

Individuals or group applicants can obtain up to $10,000 in funding for conceptual ideas or proof of concept pilots that bridge the digital divide.

  • Conceptual Ideas: Proposing novel ideas that have not yet been tested or demonstrated, but could result in significant innovative advances.
  • Proof of Concept Pilots: Showing demonstrated innovation with a basic proof-of-concept implementation and can show preliminary results.

The Challenge will culminate in the Connecting the Unconnected Summit on 3-5 November 2021, which will convene experts and thought leaders on the issue of internet connectivity.

Apply Now! Deadline is July 16, 2021

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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5 Comments to “Apply Now: $70,000 Seed Funding for Your Internet Access Ideas”

  1. Maalafu Cheptala says:

    Congratulations for the good work you are doing! I am a startup in education industry at the kindergarten level and wish to hrow my business progreasively through Primary school – Secondary school- High school – university. I would very much appreciate if you link me to potential funders to help me grow my dream business!

  2. Good work, I am a farmer with the vision of providing food and jobs through farming activities to the community and state where I belong.

    If you have any funding or partnership offer that will make this dream come through, I’ll be so grateful and make wise use of the privilege.

    Thank you

  3. Abdul Halim says:

    BISAP looking for a poverty free society where human rights and social justice be promoted, local capacity built, eliminated gender discrimination and reduced climate change vulnerability.

  4. Jane Ng'ang'a says:

    Thanks for the great work. Am a passionate teacher and am much willing to own my own preschool in dew time. Kindly help me in achieving my dream by referring me to the right sources

  5. Indeed financial support to improve my business which whent down because of vivid 19.