Why is UNFPA concerned with sexual reproductive health (SRH) information programmes for young people?

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, realize reproductive rights and reduce maternal mortality. Adolescents and young people are at the centre of this.

We believe that Information and education on sexuality and sexual reproductive health is key to helping young people make informed decisions and adopt a healthy behavior, thereby mitigating health risks such as sexually transmitted infections including HIV, Unintended pregnancies, and related mortality and morbidity

Who is running the innovation challenge?

The iAccelerator Challenge will be facilitated by Nailab Accelerator

This initiative has been made possible in partnership with UNFPA, with generous support of UKAID and is supported by the Government of Kenya

How does UNFPA develop and implement its sexual reproductive health (SRH) information program?

UNFPA works with Government agencies and CSOs to develop and implement SRH information program for young people. These include: The Ministry of Health (MOH); the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MOEST); The National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development (NCPD); Nailab, and I Choose Life Africa. All UNFPA program are in synch with government policies and priorities.

Why did UNFPA and Nailab team up for this project?

Nailab and UNFPA have teamed up for this project to draw on each other’s strengths. UNFPA is renowned for its work on sexual reproductive health, while Nailab is a leading innovation accelerator in Kenya, with years of experience in promoting and supporting new ideas and solutions.

With this partnership, UNFPA and Nailab will work with young entrepreneurs to find new innovative solutions to enhance access to credible and youth friendly SRH information and services by young people.

What do you hope to achieve?

A: It is our hope that through this initiative, we will encourage innovation, promote entrepreneurship, and provide solutions on sexual reproductive health, for the benefit of young people in Kenya.

We further hope to translate the challenges that come with technology (negative and non-factual content) into opportunity, where young people will have access to credible information on sexual reproductive health, thereby contributing to improved health outcomes.

How long is Campaign Period?

The innovation accelerator challenge will run from Tuesday 13th June, 2016 and end on Monday 30th November, 2016 (“Campaign period”)

Who is eligible?

(a) The Campaign is open to all youth aged between 18-35 years of age whose business ideas will contribute towards scaling up access to comprehensive youth-friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health information and services

(b) Participants must be Kenyan or Kenyan residents, available for the acceleration period of four (4) months and with business ventures that are or will be operational and incorporated in Kenya

(c) Only applications submitted via the innovation accelerator challenge Portal at www.i-am.co.ke will be accepted and considered for this competition.

(d) The program charges no entry fee and no purchases are required to be eligible to enter this competition

(e) Immediate family members of iAccelerator project staff are not eligible for this competition

How does one participate in the iAccelerator Campaign?

(a) To enter into the Campaign, you will need to:

i). Register online at www.iam.co.ke by submitting your personal details including First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Cell Number, ID Number, Date of Birth

ii). Open an account via www.iam.co.ke using the same details in a (i) above.

iii). Fill in all sections with correct information, agree with the terms and conditions then submit your application

iv). Once your application has qualified to the next stage, NaiLab will contact you via iam@i-am.co.ke

vi). Incomplete, illegible or late entries will Not be accepted. Participation in The Campaign including receiving of entries will commence on Tuesday 13th June, 2016 and end on Tuesday 26th July, 2016.

How will voting and selection be done?

1. All entries will be screened on eligibility, completeness and timeliness of submission.

2. All entries eligible, complete and timely submitted will be put forward as longlist to a panel of judges. The Panel of Judges mandated by the program team will review the longlist and pick 10 applications that will be subjected to final pitching on Tuesday the 4th August, 2016 for the winners to be selected by the expert panel of judges. The Judges’ decision is final, binding and not subject to any review or appeal. The program will not enter into any correspondence with participants regarding the decision of the Panel of Judges. The program may select additional reserve winners to replace any winner of any of the Prizes who is subsequently disqualified.

3. The entries in the Campaign, that will have met the Judges’ criteria at the close of the pitching window on Tuesday, 4th August, 2016 will be declared the winners. The judges’ vote will account for 100% of the total score.

What is the Prize?

The winners of the iAccelerator challenge will receive a conditional grant of Kshs. 1,000,000 at the completion of the first 2 months of the acceleration period to invest in the second 2 months of the acceleration program in bringing their solution to market.

a). The project will only fund businesses and NOT individuals. Winners without registered businesses will thus be expected to register businesses or companies in Kenya within 4 months of being notified of winning the Competition to be eligible to receive the grant. However owning or having a registered business is not a prerequisite for winning the Competition.

(b) All winning business ideas MUST be co-founded and executed by a team of 2-3 people. Information regarding business partners will be sought during the vetting process.

(c) All winning business ideas MUST be lawful under the Laws of Kenya.

(d) The teams having the final selected winning ideas must attend an entrepreneurship acceleration program for a period of 4 months, facilitated by NaiLab accelerator to be eligible to receive the said grant. The applicant agrees and accepts that financing will be pegged on the team attaining all the set milestones as per the acceleration curriculum.

(e) Funding will be released in tranches to the winners based on agreed milestones.

f). All winners will be expected to be technologically savvy or able to get assistance from a technologically savvy person, since training materials will be shared via email or phone

g). Winners will be published on the www.i-am.co.ke portal and any other media as may be chosen by the program from time to time

h). The prize is non-transferable.

i) By accepting the prize, you will be deemed to have granted program partners the right to use and publish your name and picture on the website www.i-am.co.ke and other social media without additional consideration

How will the winner be notified?

NaiLab will inform winners through iam@i-am.co.ke

NaiLab Accelerator reserve the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process including but not limited to canvassing or submitting an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions.

All parties also Agree to;

a) The parties shall in all way spossible ensure that the venture does not infringe on the Intellectual Property of any third party.

b) The parties shall be responsible for and all shall jointly provide input into the solutions/enterprises content of the program where possible;

c) The parties hereby agree that the intellectual Property contained in the project shall belong to;

a. Where the startup comes up with the idea, the intellectual property shall belong to the STARTUP

b. Where the iAccelerator comes up with the idea, the Intellectual Property shall belong to both parties.

c. All parties grant UNFPA a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, non–transferable, non-assignable, non-sublicenseable license to use its background and foreground intellectual property rights for the purpose of strengthening UNFPA programs working towards increasing access to youth friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Other important point to note

a). The project reserves the right to suspend or terminate the Campaign or amend these terms and conditions at any time for any reason. Any amendment to these terms and conditions will be published on the website i-am.co.ke

b). Entering and or continuing to participate in the Campaign shall be deemed to be a full and unconditional acceptance of the terms and conditions of The Campaign as amended from time to time. A failure to adhere to these terms and conditions shall result in disqualification from The Campaign and, if necessary, forfeiture of the opportunity to participate.

c). The winner will be contacted by NaiLab via www.i-am.co.kewithin 72 hours from conclusion of voting and selection of winners. The prize shall be deemed to have been forfeited and another winner will be selected if the call from our above telephone line is not answered within 3 attempts or the winner’s phone is off at the time of the call or the call is directed to voice mail or a person other than the winner answers or there is failure to verify the winner’s identification details

d). If you are selected as the winner and notified accordingly and you do not claim the prize within a period of one (1) month from the closing date of the challenge you will be deemed to have forfeited the same.

e). No warranty or guarantee is given by the project in relation to the campaign. Project partners shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, liability, damage or injury suffered or sustained to person or property (including but not limited to, consequential loss) by reason of any act or omission of its staff or agents in connection with The Campaign.

f). No responsibility will be accepted by project partners for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, for any computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability, for the acts or omissions of any service provider, internet, accessibility or availability or for traffic congestion or unauthorized human act.

g). For more information on the iAccelerator Challenge, visit www.i-am.co.ke

h). The challenge and these terms and conditions in relation to the Campaign will be governed by Kenyan law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Nairobi courts.

i). Any enquiries regarding the Campaign and or these Terms and Conditions should be referred to www.i-am.co.ke

By applying for this challenge, you will be deemed to have read and agreed to abide to the UN global Compact 10 principles for sustainable business conduct. For more information, please visit the website below: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles

In summary:

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.