UNICEF Spain and ISDI Accelerator team up for UNICEF Lab V to drive social impact for children

- March 13, 2023

UNICEF Spain and ISDI Accelerator are collaborating once again to launch the 5th edition of UNICEF Lab, a social accelerator with a focus on children’s rights. 

The initiative is calling for future and current unicorns, startups up to and including Series A, and public and private entities with scalable projects that generate social impact, to participate in the program. 

Projects based in Spain and/or Latin America are eligible to apply.

The UNICEF Lab accelerator seeks to boost the growth of up to five projects that have a positive social impact and aim to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and their families. 

The innovation experience

The program’s focus is on mental health, digital rights, training and entrepreneurship, attracting new economic partners, and disruptive products or services. 

Accepted projects will go through an intense and personalized acceleration program to generate development opportunities, proof of concept, and scalability of already tested products and services.

The UNICEF Lab program includes mentoring from UNICEF Spain, business mentors and high-level specialists, a perks program that offers free or highly discounted services for each startup, access to ISDI Accelerator’s Investors Day event, exclusive participation in an event in front of global media, access to more than 100 experts from the ISDI Accelerator ecosystem, a demo day, and prizes for the winners.

UNICEF Spain’s Director of Innovation, Technology and Data Integration, Luis López Catalán, highlights the importance of collaborating with entrepreneurs and innovators to incorporate solutions to the challenges of children, adolescents, and their families in Spain and around the world. 

“The objective of the V edition of UNICEF Lab is to offer a unique experience of personalized acceleration and to collaborate proactively with founders and startups that aspire to be social unicorns”, adds López Catalán.

Jesús Tapia, Head of ISDI Accelerator, believes that young people today are facing numerous challenges such as mental health, education, inequality, and climate change. 

“I’m honored to work with UNICEF Spain to support startups with social impact projects that can help young people navigate the mental health challenges they face today, so they can be the best version of themselves, now and in the future”, adds Tapia.

The official language of the UNICEF Lab accelerator program is Spanish, and all applications must be submitted through the official UNICEF Lab platform by April 5 at 23:59. 

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