Apply now for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges for startups (£250,000). There is a need to respond with innovative, impactful, and scalable solutions powered by mobile and digital technology as global humanitarian needs continue to rise.
The Fund will provide grants as well as additional non-financial and technical support to projects that leverage mobile and digital technology to scale solutions that address humanitarian challenges in low and middle-income countries. The specific objective of this new Fund is to test innovative use cases, partnerships, and business models that can improve access to sustainable digital-enabled solutions for those who are affected by or vulnerable to humanitarian challenges.
Eligibility and Requirements for the GSMA Innovation Fund
Participants must meet the following:
- Participants whose organizations are female-founded and led have good presentations of women at all levels.
- Participants whose organizations have a strong presence in their country and a commitment to supporting, upskilling, and promoting local staff.
- Preference will be given to local and community-led organizations founded by local people with a deep understanding of the local context, including refugee-led organizations.
- Participants who have partnerships with relevant local stakeholders (e.g., community-based organizations) to deliver the project on the ground.
- Participants with a clear understanding of how their solution improves preparedness or response capacity to humanitarian challenges and have proactively taken steps to set targets and systematically measure these impacts.
- Participants that have not received prior FCDO grant funding through the GSMA.
- Participants who have received grant funding from the GSMA, will need to demonstrate improved solutions to the new grant.
What You Stand to Gain from the GSMA Innovation Fund
Selected participants will receive the following:
Successful projects will receive a grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15 to 18-month period.
The application deadline is the 12th February 2024
Click here to apply.
For more information, visit the official webpage of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges.