UNICEF will fund blockchain start-ups

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is planning to invest $50 - 90 thousand to provide early stage finance to blockchain technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity
16 January 2018   437

The United Nations Children's Fund is a program headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance in developing countries, and is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund announced on January 16 that it was looking to make $50 - 90 thousand equity-free investments to "provide early stage finance to for-profit  technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity".

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The corporation stated that it is currently looking to invest in a group of companies developing software solutions on open blockchains, namely including:

  • Smart Contracts 
  • Analyzing data
  • Tokens
  • Mining

UNICEF provides:

  • $50- $90,000 in equity-free seed funding
  • Product and technology development
  • Network of mentors who help startup teams develop their business model and strategy to grow their company and ultimately profit
  • Data networks and platforms
  • Network of experts and partners across its Country Offices who can provide geographically localized advice and partnerships needed to reach more users

The submissions deadline is on 11:59 EST February 28th, 2018.

Genesis Conference to be Held in London

Genesis Conference will cover research and development, regulation, economics and applications issues, taking place in London on February 22
22 February 2018   69

Genesis London Conference will take place on February 22, tackling the most pertinent issues in blockchain space: research and development, regulation, economics and applications.

Genesis London is a platform for researchers, developers and generally anyone interested in blockchain, and its priority is to share knowledge, facilitate productive discourse and filter out the hype.

Location: The CityPoint building, 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2, UK
Date and time: 9:30AM - 8PM, February 22, 2018

The agenda of the conference includes Privacy and Confidentiality Techniques for Blockchains; Permissioned Business Blockchain Applications and Use-cases; Scalable, Transparent and Post-quantum Secure Computational Integrity, with Applications to Cryptocurrencies; A Rational Protocol Design Treatment of Bitcoin, and more.

The headline speakers include Patrick de Laive, co-founder of TNW; Margarita Khartanovich, head of insight at Binary District; Jack Gavigan, chief operating officer at ZCash; Jeremy Kahn, technology writer for Bloomberg, and many more.