CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | [DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 29 2024] Ghana Startups Invited to Apply for UNICEF Startup Lab Accelerator

The accelerator is only open to startups in Ghana that have been operational for 1+ years and using technology as the core enabler of the business among the criteria.

The UNICEF StartUp Lab, inaugurated in 2019, is a six-month accelerator program tailored for impactful startups and businesses dedicated to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at benefiting children and young people.

The program, which is a partnership between UNICEF in Ghana, supported by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency), and MEST Africa, offers a distinctive service by combining intensive, hands-on business acceleration with comprehensive technical expertise and systems knowledge in the social sector.

The expertise is led by UNICEF experts in Education, Health & Nutrition, Social Policy & Protection, WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene), and Child Protection.

Participants in the program gain access to individual mentorship, a network of UN System partners, prototyping funding, and various other support mechanisms.

The accelerator is only open to startups in Ghana, with the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your startup has been operational for 1+ year
  • Your startup is a registered business in Ghana (no NGOs, foundations, or individuals)
  • Your startup has technology as the core enabler of the business
  • Your startup has a business model with a social impact that addresses at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The accelerator is seeking to include startups from all regions in Ghana, with female co-founders/co-founder also highly sought after. Open-source solutions, or startups that are willing to open-source their solutions, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Startups related to HealthTech, EdTech, Urban Tech, Climate Action, Fintech, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interested parties can Apply Here.




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