UNICEF Venture Fund Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge (GRIC) 2024 (up to $100K)

This informs the public about the UNICEF Venture Fund Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge (GRIC) 2024. Details about the Program are given below.

Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge 2024

The UNICEF Venture Fund is committed to diversity and inclusion in its approach to early-stage investing and catalyzing novel innovations developed by startups leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data science (DS), drones, blockchain, or extended reality (XR).  These innovations aim to address the unmet needs of marginalized and underserved children and their families.

Program Details

Recognizing structural and systemic barriers in the technology sector which lead to the dominance of certain types of solutions and founders, the UNICEF Venture Fund is seeking to facilitate an inclusive and gender-responsive innovation in three key areas:

Area 1: Investing in diverse and underrepresented founders (especially women founders)

Area 2: Increasing the availability of digital products and services that can solve the specific unmet needs of vulnerable and underrepresented populations (such as children, women, people living with disabilities and refugees)

Area 3: Facilitating inclusive user design in the development of innovation to

The GRIC is an opportunity to recognise companies leading the way for developing gender-responsive solutions and/or businesses in Africa. Its primary objective is to identify, recognise and invest in companies facilitating outcomes that can help close the gender gap.


  • It is open to companies working on a frontier tech solution addressing any gender disparity in Africa
  • The Venture fund is particularly seeking solutions that:
  1. Address challenges to accelerate results for children.
  2. Are optimized for low-resource environments (e.g, low connectivity, limited mobile access).
  3. Focus on reducing, rather than widening, inequalities.
  4. Are able to deliver in multiple languages, including smaller languages.

How to Apply

For those interested in the Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge 2024. Open this link to start the application process.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 24 May 2024.

Open this link for more details about Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge 2024.

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