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Apply Now: $100,000 UNICEF Seed Funding for Artificial Intelligence Solutions

By Wayan Vota on July 19, 2021

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COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the digital divide within, between countries and regions, making access to digital platforms and services a key priority to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The crisis is disproportionately affecting young people’s education, healthcare, and their future.

Register Now for $4 Billion in USAID Funding

250 million children and young people remain out of school and are not developing the skills they need to break out of poverty. Quality of and access to education and skills-development opportunities are limited – especially for girls, and children with disabilities.

The pandemic has also further exacerbated inequities in access to public health and healthcare services for children and adolescents. Children are feeling the indirect effects of a strained health system, including reduced childhood immunizations.

$100,000 Seed Funding for AI Solutions

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups. They should have the potential to benefit humanity in one of UNICEF’s programme countries, and have a working, open source prototype showing promising results.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is currently looking to invest in companies that are using machine learning, artificial intelligence, or data science technologies to build software solutions in the following areas:

  • Area 1: Are you creating platforms for personalized services? Or are you providing tools to automate processes and decision-making?
  • Area 2: Are you building tools to optimize system performance for greater access to and delivery of services? Or are you trying to generate new insights from data?
  • Area 3: Are you generating and curating data for any of the above?

UNICEF’s Innovation Fund has been specifically designed to finance early stage, Open Source technology that can benefit children. The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify “clusters” or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology – so that UNICEF can both share markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children.

Apply Now! Deadline is August 2, 2021

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the digital lead on the Deloitte for Development team. 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 Deloitte, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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9 Comments to “Apply Now: $100,000 UNICEF Seed Funding for Artificial Intelligence Solutions”

  1. Intsha Foundation is a NGO based in South Africa, we offer FREE skills development in business administration, entrepreneurships, job readiness, and artificial intelligence studies. our PBO ( Public Benefit Organization ) Reference Number:930071654.
    We are interested in this funding for our organization.

  2. Jama says:

    Can Somalia eligible to apply UNICEF grants?

  3. Muhammad sani Muhammad says:

    I need money for school please help me may God protect you all who want to help me am from Nigeria kano state

  4. Titi Ajibola says:

    Notify me when there’s an opening.

  5. Muhammad sani Muhammad says:

    May God bless you and protect your life i thank you all my people in the world

  6. Steve Ekot says:

    I am into agriculture ( cassava , rice , palm plantation) . If at anytime their is an opening /demand for the fore stated , please notify me.

  7. Yakub Ali says:

    Dear Sir kindly we are Community Service And Development Action COSDA NGO working Somalia requesting to you Support Projects funds Education And Agricultural Best regards

  8. SULEIMAN HARUNA says:

    How can we apply for this grand