Innovators for Children

Innovators for Children an annual acceleration program dedicated to early-stage technology solutions that have a positive impact on the education, health and well-being of children and adolescents.

The program was jointly implemented by Impact Hub Basel and Impact Hub Bucharest with support from Fondation Botnar and the Vodafone Romania Foundation.

Accelerating Impact

Innovators for Children supports early-stage startups in Romania with a working prototype or commercially in the market for less than a year. Aiming to deliver impact at scale, the program focuses in particular on technological innovations, high-leverage products or services, and systemic solutions. By providing training, mentoring, funding and connections into local and international entrepreneurial communities, the program accelerates impactful and innovative solutions that help change the future for children.

Two-phased Incubation Approach

Each edition of the program consists of two incubation phases. The first is an early incubation and validation phase lasting 3 months, consisting of training, mentoring, workshops, feedback sessions and connections into local and international entrepreneurial communities. 10-12 teams take part in phase one, which culminates in an assessment day and public pitching event.  A panel of judges then select 3-5 winning teams to proceed to the second phase – 6 months of in-depth incubation – and prizes ranging from funding to investment readiness support.

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