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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.
Main Responsibilities will be:
Provide ongoing technical assistance to six Innovation Fund portfolio companies to ensure compliance with Innovation Fund requirements on open source
Develop, document, and implement a replicable process to build, manage, and leverage open source communities and networks for portfolio companies
Guide technical integration and establishment of open source platforms based on individual solutions developed by portfolio companies
For more information and to apply, please click here.