UNFPA to Seed $80,000 into Tech Startups in Uganda

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Uganda has announced a USD 80, unhealthy 000 seed fund that is aimed to support eight groups of technological startups to help innovate solutions in the aspects of sexual reproductive health, information pills entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Akinyele Eric Dairo the UNFPA Uganda Officer in Charge said that this is in an effort to further ease access to sexual related issues among young people as well as boost their capacity to generate income.

The yearlong technical and development support dubbed ‘Innovation Accelerator’ will stretch from October this year to October 2017.

Speaking to ChimpReports last week, Charles Otine the Programme Analyst for Innovations at UNFPA Uganda said: “Innovation Accelerator is focused to support innovations in youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, reproductive health and anything to do with HIV/AIDs. However, participants must know that we shall not support individual innovations, so they must be in groups of at least two people to be eligible.”

“The reason for expanding the scope to entrepreneurship is because there are many other components that make someone healthy beyond their physical wellbeing. And that includes their capacity to earn and how they manage to treat themselves,” Otine said.

Participating groups will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the selected few will then be invited to pitch their concepts publicly. Eight projects whose ideas will emerge best during the presentation will then qualify to receive the funds and go through development.

For the three months that will follow, the eight groups will be linked to technical specialists in their area of specialization to offer them mentorship and support.

During this period, they will develop a business model, prototype solution, come up with a business in addition to connecting them to potential investors who may support your project. The eight groups will then present to us a working model of how they used the seed funding.


UNFPA has previously funded similar hacking challenges (hackathons) from which interesting working solutions have been discovered. Among them is ‘Get In’, a mobile solution which is currently helping midwives in Kanungu to locate pregnant adolescent girls and link them to antenatal services.

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