UNICEF STARTUP LAB ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME 2024 FOR SOCIAL IMPACT STARTUPS.

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    UNICEF STARTUP LAB ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME 2024 FOR SOCIAL IMPACT STARTUPS.

    Application Deadline: February 29th, 2024

    Applications for the UNICEF StartUp Lab Accelerator Programme are now open. UNICEF StartUp Lab, launched in 2019, is a six-month accelerator programme for impactful startups and businesses working to advance the Sustainable Development Goals for children and young people.

    The programme is led by UNICEF in Ghana, supported by KOICA and implemented by MEST Africa. It provides a unique service by integrating an intense, hands-on business acceleration through wide-reaching technical expertise and systems knowledge in the social sector, led by the UNICEF experts in Education, Health & Nutrition, Social Policy & Protection, WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene), and Child Protection. The participants have access to individual mentorship, network of UN System partners, prototyping funding, and many other support mechanisms.

    Designed to catalyze growth and innovation, the programme targets impact-driven startups in Ghana with a technology-centric approach. Aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, it emphasizes social impact and product development, fostering open-source solutions. Geographically inclusive, it warmly welcomes diverse ventures from all regions of Ghana, with a particular focus on empowering women-led businesses.

    Eligibility
    Your startup has been operational for 1+ year
    Your startup is a registered business in Ghana (no NGOs, foundations, or individuals)
    Your startup has technology as the core enabler of the business
    Your startup has a business model with a social impact that addresses at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals
    Open-source solutions, or startups that are willing to open-source their solutions, are particularly encouraged to apply
    Startups with female founders/co-founders are encouraged to apply
    The programme is designed to include startups from all regions of Ghana
    Startups related to Health Tech, EdTech, Urban Tech, Climate Action, Fintech and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) are strongly encouraged to apply
    Target Areas

    HealthTech
    EdTech
    UrbanTech
    Climate Action
    Child Protection
    FinTech
    WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene)
    Benefits

    FUNDING
    Each startup receives up to GHS 32,000 for product development

    INVESTMENT
    Global funding opportunities including UNICEF Venture Fund

    PARTNERSHIPS
    Access to a wide network of UN System partners

    GROWTH
    Intense, hands-on practical business acceleration

    KNOWLEDGE
    Direct access to resources and social sector programme experts

    RESOURCES
    Technology perks for participating startups

    For More Information:

    Visit the Official Webpage of the UNICEF StartUp Lab Accelerator Programme

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