Hey Sunita, tell us about yourself
I lead UNICEF’s Ventures team with the Office of Innovation and co-founded its Venture Fund which provides seed funding in fiat and crypto – the first in the UN system. UNICEF Ventures explores how emerging frontier technology can accelerate results for the most marginalized children. I also steer UNICEF’s co-leadership of the Digital Public Goods Alliance, a network of partners who collectively contribute to the development and use of open-source digital public goods.
At UNICEF Ventures, we not only want to test innovations that can change children’s lives for the better, but we show how technology can be designed and used in a more equitable and open way, to shape how others build and invest. We support solutions that meet the needs of and are built by diverse communities.
We showcase and invest in problem solvers who are women and those in emerging and developing markets. These groups only receive a small fraction of VC funding and we aim to make investment flows more balanced. We build and finance technology solutions that are universally accessible as public goods and still backed by sustainable business models.
What are you looking for from this year’s Women in Tech and Startup entrants?
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What advice would you give to entrants wanting to stand out from the crowd?
Make sure that you are very clear about the problem you are tackling and how your solution is the best one to solve it. That clarity and strong fit between problem and solution will give you focus and a clear vision to aim for.