UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups


NEW YORK/ BISHKEK, January 22, 2018 - The UNICEF Innovation Fund (IF) is looking to make $50-90K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity. IF is currently looking to invest in a group of companies developing software solutions on open blockchains. Fund is interested in companies that use distributed ledger tech in new, groundbreaking, ways that are scalable, and globally applicable. Applicants from Kyrgyzstan are welcome to apply.

The submissions deadline is on 11:59 EST February 28th, 2018. We encourage you to submit your application when ready as we will be reviewing on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.

If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you. We are currently looking to invest in a group of companies developing software solutions on open blockchains. Examples of these include, but are not limited to: smart contracts, analyzing data, tokens, mining.

To apply please visit UNICEF Innovation Fund Before applying please check your company/project meets eligibility criteria  http://unicefstories.org/blockchaincall/

Apart from the seed funding, UNICEF Innovation Fund selected applicants will get technical assistance from the UNICEF Ventures team to help validate and improve their solutions, mentors’ help to develop their business model and strategy to grow their company and ultimately profit, access to UNICEF’s corporate data networks and platform, geographically localized advice and partnerships needed to reach more users.

For more information please contact Veronika Vashchenko, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, vvashchenko@unicef.org , +996 312 611 244.