The UNICEF 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 shape markets and also learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children. We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100 billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites, and human dynamics.
With $17.9M raised to date, the Innovation Fund is scaling its investment portfolio with the aim of investing in 20 start-ups every year. The current portfolio of 25 companies consists of several cohorts of companies developing and piloting solutions in virtual and augmented reality, data science and artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, and in assistive technology. The Innovation Fund is looking for part-time, remotely based mentors to focus on supporting portfolio companies in developing in the open, building communities around their solutions and engaging strategically with relevant networks.
The Office of Innovation is looking to identify two consultants to:
Onboard Innovation Fund portfolio companies to a business strategy platform and monitor progress
Provide tailored technical assistance to portfolio companies to design and validate a scalable business model, as well as, identify and test revenue generation strategies through weekly mentoring sessions
Develop workplans with each portfolio company for the remaining investment period to ensure meeting the key milestones; business model validation, financial model validation (pricing, costing etc)
Recommendations for mentorship systems on business model across the Fund
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