UNDP Europe and Central Asia and the Slovak Ministry of Finance announced today the selected participants of BOOST’s Innovation Challenge Fund, which brings together innovators and changemakers from across the region to tackle the effects of the pandemic through digitalization, low touch economies, and wellbeing solutions. BOOST, a regional acceleration program, was launched by UNDP Europe and Central Asia to help address the effects of Covid-19 across the region.
After receiving over 60 submissions, the jury selected 15 startups and CSOs to join the BOOST program to accelerate recovery and experimentation in the wake of the unprecedented challenges we currently face. The winners of the Innovation Challenge Fund are:
- PhaseGrowth OÜ
- NGO “Center Eidos”
- COMMON Store
- H2i Balkans d.o.o. Sarajevo
- De Facto Consultancy
- Rights and Freedoms of Turkmen Citizens
- Faculty for Montenegrin Language and Literature – FCJK
- Yesil Science
- Civic Alliance
- Zombies LLC
- Simple MM LLC
The selected participants will engage in an intensive learning program on digital transformation, technology for impact and crowdfunding, explore mentorship opportunities with key experts and become part of the BOOST regional network. At the end of the program, these organizations will be able to pitch their solution, but only five will be selected to win up to $15,000 to prototype and implement solutions. Solutions should be applied in more than one country and enhance regional collaboration in addressing the crisis.