UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has partnered Nailab, a technology business incubator, to launch an initiative, dubbed iAccelerator. The initiative will invest in business solutions that are focused on promoting youth sexual reproductive health and rights. The program has been funded by UKAID and was developed with the contribution of the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and the Ministry of Health.
The iAccelerator launched under the I.AM initiative calls on young people to realize their desire to talk about, discuss, learn and understand their sexuality and sexual reproductive health by engaging with the right sources of information in a safe and un-stigmatized environment. In addition, the iAccelerator rallies the engagement of tools and techniques anchored on technology to foster safe spaces for empowerment of young people.
Current national statistics by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS, 2014) and the National AIDS Control Council (NACC, 2014) indicate that in Kenya, more than 29,000 young people between the ages of 15-24 get infected with HIV every year.
One in every five teenage girl have begun motherhood, with approximately 13,000 dropping out of school each year to raise their kids. In addition, nearly half of all abortion related complications occur among girls below 25 years and is among the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity.
The iacceleration is focused on catalyzing and accelerating innovation solution that will built up to youth’s friendly sexual reproductive health information service. Young entrepreneur will be encouraged to apply and four to join the acceleration the programme over a period of four months.
During this period successful entrepreneur will go two months of business training mentoring and assistance on scaling and two months of supports is going to the markets for which seed funding of ksh1.000,000 will be availed based on progress valuation.
- Applications open – June 13 2016
- Applications close – July 26 2016
- Judging completed – July 29 2016
- Final pitching – August 4 2016
- Program begins – August 8 2016
- Demo Day – November 20 2016
The program is set to run from August through November and will be proceeded by the I. Am campaign which call on young people to realize on their desire to talk about, learn and understand their sexuality and sexual reproduction
This is the first of such initiatives that have been launched by UNFPA in the region with 3 more planned in the region by 2017.To apply to the iAccelerator initiative by UNFPA and Nailab start here application.i-am.co.ke/iaccelerator.