UNICEF StartUp Lab 2024 Programme – Applications Invited (Funding Facility & Other Attractive Benefits)

UNICEF welcomes you to apply for the UNICEF StartUp Lab Programme. The application period is open and the applications are now invited for the UNICEF StartUp Lab’s Accelerator Programme. The applications are open for the Cohort 2024 which will start in April and end in September 2024 this year. As far as UNICEF StartUp Lab is concerned, it was launched in 2019. It is a 6 months accelerator programme for impactful startups and businesses working to enhance (develop) the Sustainable Development Goals for youngsters and children. Let’s find out the complete details about UNICEF StartUp Lab 2024 programme.

UNICEF StartUp Lab 2024 – Details

It is a six months programme offered by UNICEF, as mentioned earlier, that is looking at working with startups that aim to have a social impact globally and in Ghana. It should be noted that the business model of applying startups has to be centered around getting a minimum of one SDG with the potential of benefiting kids and youngsters in Ghana, especially from vulnerable communities.

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The StartUp Lab of UNICEF is now seeking its next cohort of 25 technology-driven social impact startups building within Education, Health, Urban Services, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), Child Protection, Climate Action, Finance, Blockchain, Agriculture, and other Frontier Technologies (AI/ML) and Cybersecurity.

UNICEF in Ghana leads this programme and it is supported by KOICA and implemented by MEST Africa. The programme provides a novel service by integrating hands-on and intense business acceleration through wide-reaching technical expertise and systems knowledge in the social sector.

Programme Overview – UNICEF StartUp Lab 2024

The full form of UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund. This programme is offered by UNICEF. This programme has been designed to catalyze growth and innovation. It targets impact-driven startups in Ghana who are laced with a technology-centric approach. The programme is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals and utterly emphasizes product development, social impact, and fostering open-source solutions.

Key Focus Areas Under This Programme

  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Social Impact

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Eligibility Criteria for UNICEF StartUp Lab

Let’s check out the requirements for this programme. If you want to apply, you need to meet these requirements.

  • Your startup has to be a registered business in Ghana (no NGOs, foundations, or individuals).
  • It (your startup) has been operational for more than one year.
  • The startup is laced with technology as the core enabler of the business.
  • The startup should have a business model that carries a social impact that addresses at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Startups or open-source solutions that are willing to open-source their solutions will be particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Females are encouraged to apply meaning that the startups with female founders/co-founders are encouraged to submit their applications.
  • The programme (UNICEF StartUp Lab) has been designed to include startups from all regions of Ghana.
  • Startups that are relevant to EdTech, Health Tech, Climate Action, Urban Tech, Fintech, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funding Options and Other Benefits

There are funding opportunities for startups in Ghana meaning that if your application is successful, you will be offered funding facilities plus other attractive benefits. Let’s check out the details.

  • Each successful startup will receive up to GHS 32,000 for product development.
  • They will get global funding opportunities including UNICEF Venture Fund.
  • They will have access to a colossal (wider) network of United Nations (UN) system partners.
  • They will have hands-on, intense practical business acceleration.
  • The startups will have direct access to social sector programme experts and resources.
  • There will be technology perks available for participating startups.

Application Deadline for UNICEF StartUp Lab Programme

The closing date for applications is 29th February 2024. If interested, you need to submit your application before or by the deadline.

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How to Apply for UNICEF StartUp Lab 2024 

This is a 6-month programme to get valuable expertise, mentorship, and support from UNICEF teams and MEST Africa. Applicants are required from Eastern, Northern, Western, and Southern regions of Ghana for a complete cohort of 25 participants. If you would like to apply for this programme, you need to visit the official website to learn all the details including the application process. Once you are ready to apply, you may submit your application using the official application form.

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