Applications Invited for Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge

Summary: UNICEF and GITEX Africa launch GRIC to promote gender-responsive tech solutions. Apply by May 24 for mentorship and funding opportunities. #GRIC #UNICEF #GITEXAfrica #InnovationChallenge

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Applications Invited for Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge

Organization: UNICEF Apply By: 24 May 2024

About the Organization

UNICEF works globally to reach disadvantaged children and adolescents, ensuring their rights are protected and supporting their development from early childhood through adolescence. They provide vital services such as vaccines, health and nutrition support, education, HIV prevention, and protection from violence and exploitation.

About the Challenge: Gender-Responsive Innovation Challenge (GRIC)

The UNICEF Venture Fund, in collaboration with GITEX Africa, launches the GRIC to foster gender-responsive innovation in technology. The challenge focuses on three key areas:

  1. Investing in diverse and underrepresented founders, especially women founders.
  2. Increasing the availability of digital products and services tailored to the needs of vulnerable and underrepresented populations, such as children, women, people with disabilities, and refugees.
  3. Facilitating inclusive user design in innovation development.


  • Companies selected will receive mentorship and technical assistance from Venture Fund experts to enhance their investment readiness and potential for future funding.
  • Mentorship includes 10 hours covering various areas such as open-source, business development, frontier technology, software development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Additional support will be provided to understand and navigate the Venture Fund sourcing and selection process.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Solutions should address challenges to accelerate results for children.
  • Optimized for low-resource environments with limited connectivity and mobile access.
  • Focus on reducing inequalities rather than widening them.
  • Ability to deliver in multiple languages, including smaller languages.

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