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Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator

The Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, housed at Duke University, is a groundbreaking partnership that helps social entrepreneurs acquire the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to improve the lives of children around the world.

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Solving the World’s Most Pressing Problems Facing Children

Teams accepted into the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator receive funding, mentorship, and other capacity building support from Duke University staff, faculty, students, and our global networks. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of impact of some of the most promising solutions to critical challenges facing the world’s children. Ultimately, the Accelerator supports UNICEF’s goal to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged.

Through the Innovation Accelerator’s two-year program, the entrepreneurs will have access to a multitude of resources, including UNICEF subject matter experts, mentorship opportunities, Duke University faculty and students, monthly capacity building webinars, and a week-long residency at Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

“This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for Duke to help children around the world and cultivate a new generation of humanitarian entrepreneurs. Our expertise in social entrepreneurship will serve as a strong foundation for the Accelerator, and our hope is that the connections we facilitate among innovators, faculty, students and other partners will unite and mobilize our whole community. Jon Fjeld Duke I&E Director
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Want to support the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator?

Contact Brian Mahnke, Development Program Director.

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