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Apply Now: $100,000 for Your New Frontier Technology Solutions

By Wayan Vota on June 26, 2023

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Frontier technology solutions are innovative applications of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and augmented reality. These solutions have the potential to address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing children and youth in the world, especially those who are vulnerable, marginalized or excluded.

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Investing in frontier technology solutions can help empower children and youth to access information, education, health, protection and other services that are tailored to their needs and preferences, such as using virtual reality for learning, artificial intelligence for mental health support, or data science for career guidance.

UNICEF Venture Funding for Frontier Technologies

The UNICEF Venture Fund is a unique initiative that provides early stage funding and support to frontier technology solutions that benefit children and the world. The Fund invests exclusively in open source solutions that can be scaled and adapted across different contexts and needs. The Fund focuses on emerging technologies such as blockchain, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and extended reality.

The UNICEF Venture Fund is looking to make up to US$100K in equity-free investments to provide early-stage (seed) funding to for-profit start-ups developing frontier technology solutions that can positively impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. The Fund also offers product and technology assistance, access to a network of experts and partners, and opportunities to shape markets and influence policies.

If your product is registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries, is a working prototype, has demonstrated results, and is (or could be) open-source licensed, we encourage you to apply.

Apply Now! Deadline is July 28, 2023

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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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2 Comments to “Apply Now: $100,000 for Your New Frontier Technology Solutions”

  1. Kenan Lungu says:

    Dear Mr. Wayan Vota,

    I hope this email finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing on behalf of BioLife Energy Zambia (BEZ), a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting access to sustainable energy in Zambia. I have been following your remarkable work in the field of AI and your expertise in leveraging innovative technologies, particularly in the area of AI.

    First and foremost, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the invaluable contributions you have made to the AI sector. Your commitment to advancing access to AI and your extensive knowledge in harnessing the potential of AI is truly commendable.

    At BEZ, we are inspired by the transformative power of AI and its potential to revolutionize the work in Africa landscape. As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our impact and explore innovative approaches, we are eager to embark on AI initiatives to optimize our operations and further our mission.

    Given your expertise and experience, we kindly request your assistance in guiding us as we venture into the realm of AI. We are eager to learn how AI can be effectively integrated into our existing programs and projects, and how it can help us enhance the efficiency and performance of our donor fund raising . Your guidance in identifying the most suitable AI applications for our organization would be immensely valuable as we take this exciting step forward.

    Furthermore, we also seek your advice on potential training opportunities that can equip our team with the necessary skills and knowledge to initiate and manage AI projects in sector. We believe that by building our capacity in AI, we can unlock new possibilities, improve decision-making processes, and maximize the positive impact we can have on the communities we serve.

    Your guidance and mentorship in this journey would be instrumental in helping us navigate the complexities of AI implementation and ensure its successful integration into our organization. We are eager to learn from your expertise and are open to any recommendations or insights you may have.

    Thank you very much for considering our request. We greatly appreciate your time and willingness to support us as we embark on this exciting AI endeavor. We look forward to your kind response and the opportunity to collaborate in advancing tour woke through AI innovation.

    With utmost respect and appreciation,

  2. Ali Greer says:

    It’s great to see that the UNICEF Venture Fund is offering up to $100,000 in equity-free investments to for-profit start-ups developing frontier technology solutions that can positively impact vulnerable children and youth. I am excited to see which solutions leverage emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and augmented reality to address complex challenges in education, health, protection, and other areas. My start-up is registered in UNICEF’s programme countries, and I am working on prototypes that can deliver demonstrated results for this unique funding opportunity.