Enter the Innovations to Empower Women and Girls Challenge

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the Innovations to Empower Women and Girls Challenge, launched jointly by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The Challenge aims to support social enterprises or companies registered in UNFPA program countries that have developed innovations that contribute to one of the following challenges: ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal deaths, or ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

To qualify, companies must have already tested a prototype, proof of concept, and have a minimum viable product (MVP) which has been piloted and is ready to be positioned to scale. The MVP must belong to the submitting organization.

Proposals that obtain the top 10 highest scores will receive:

  • An invitation to participate in a virtual bootcamp to further refine their plans and their milestones in the project design plan (eg, market entry, deployment, impact traction).
  • Seed funding up to USD 60,000 USD, provided in two tranches, to position to scale their proposed solution, in accordance with the project design plan agreed upon with organizers during the bootcamp, including a sound budget and workplan with clear milestones and budget allocation. The second tranche of the award will be given based on demonstrated progress of implementation and achievement of milestones.

The deadline is 31 March 2022.

For more information, visit UNFPA.