Elevate Impact Accelerator, formed in partnership with AltCity Impact and UNICEF, is the first social impact accelerator created in cooperation with any UN agency globally. Elevate provides funding, customized trainings, specialized mentorship and more to top startup founders working to address critical challenge areas in Lebanon and beyond.

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UNICEF Challenge Areas


Space in existing schools; language issues; re-enrolling after years without schooling; education information systems.

Health & Nutrition

Inadequate nutrition and stunted development; early identification of development delays and disabilities; mental health and post-traumatic stress; access to routine vaccinations.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

Supply of drinking and household water; water quality monitoring; solid and sewage waste management; handwashing awareness.

Child Protection & Gender-Based Violence

Child marriage; child labor; sexual exploitation.

Social Policy

Winter assistance through finance and other support means.

Youth & Adolescents

Training & activities on life skills, conflict resolution and healthy lifestyles; appropriate job opportunities.

Palestinian Program

The principles here apply to all children in Lebanon (and worldwide), regardless of nationality, religion, or ethnic background.


What do I need to apply?

We are looking for ambitious teams striving to make the impossible happen and that have a scalable MVP tackling one or more of UNICEF's seven critical challenge areas in Lebanon.

When is this happening?

Our current program cycle started in June 2017, running through the end of December, with Demo Day happening on December 14. Details of our next cohort will be announced soon.

What will I gain?

We provide up to USD 50k in funding and in-kind support (USD 20k in cold hard cash), customized training/mentorship, office space and more to top startup founders working to address critical challenge areas in Lebanon and beyond.

Want to be a mentor?

Are you a subject matter expert across one or more of our seven challenge areas? Are you passionate about helping others build startups?

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