Entrepreneurship & Incubation Programme
UNICEF builds open-source products and services with young entrepreneurs across the world. We are eager to start building in Ghana. From now until 27th September 2019, UNICEF is inviting young startups to apply to co-work from the UNICEF Startup Lab in Accra.
Selected startups will work closely with us to design, develop, test, validate and scale innovative solutions and business ventures that can strengthen health, nutrition, education, social and child protection systems, impacting every child and young person in Ghana. Over six months, the selected startups will collaborate daily with UNICEF specialists to gain unique market insight and knowledge, receive guidance and support, and establish a test environment for their products or solutions. Entrepreneurs will also receive mentorship and a portfolio of business and leadership skills, through a dedicated entrepreneurship curriculum delivered by MEST Africa and AHIC. Scalable solutions will gain further exposure through UNICEF’s large network of offices partners around the world, including access to seed funding opportunities.
Startup teams may currently be in learning, training or (self-) employment. Applicants should already have a ground-breaking social impact and technology-driven idea, prototype, MVP or business model to propose to us. Your company does not have to be fully down the road of having a ready product, it can be at the very beginning – but a clear sense of value-addition and direction would need to be demonstrated. Skills in development and design and/ or familiarity with one or more frontier technology (such as Big Data, AI, DLT, IoT, VR/AR, etc.) would be an asset, depending on the business venture.
We believe in equitable access to opportunity, and in promoting talent – we want at least 50% of our cohort to be female, and we highly encourage persons with disability to apply.
Apply below to join our small group of relentless optimists trying to fix huge global problems. Only shortlisted startups will be contacted.