ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Tech startup WonderTree has been selected for the UNICEF Innovative Fund 2020 along with 11 other start-ups around the globe, the company said in a statement this week, the only start-up from Pakistan selected for the prestigious grant.
Wonder Tree makes augmented reality games for the therapy and education of children with special needs.
UNICEF’s Innovation (Venture) Fund is a newly established, non-thematic, pooled fund which has been specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. The Fund has raised $20 million so far.
“The core motivation of the Innovation Fund is to identify ‘clusters’ or portfolios of initiatives around emerging technology — so that UNICEF can both share markets and learn about and guide these technologies to benefit children,” WonderTree said in a statement, saying the company had been chosen from among over 350 submissions from more than 60 countries.
The tech-start-up said it would use the UNICEF grant to enhance its technological infrastructure and scale solutions to populations with limited access to quality learning.
“Our ultimate aim is to use this opportunity with UNICEF as a stepping stone to go global and impact millions of children worldwide,” it said.
In April, WonderTree was nominated by Google for its accelerator program on Sustainable Development Goals.