Innovations Marketplace
for Gender Equality
Promoting LGBTI Livelihoods and Mitigating Gender Based Violence
Innovations Marketplace for Gender Equality is a new UNDP India initiative with the aim of promoting new innovative solutions to age old problems relating to gender bias faced by LGBTI and women of our society.
This initiative invites youth led innovations to promote LGBTI livelihoods and mitigate gender based violence in India. Under this larger theme, we are looking for solutions in the broad areas of economic empowerment, financial independence, education, skilling, employment, social protection, healthcare (including mental health), and rights etc.
COVID-19 has deepened inequalities, impeding our progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. For the LGBTI and marginalised , the impact of the crisis has been adverse. Globally, nearly 243 million women and girls between 15 to 49 years were subjected to sexual and/or physical intimate partner violence in the last year (UN Women, 2020). A survey of 122 community organisation shows that 85% of them reported a rapid increase in violence against women and girls.
The platform aims to bring together the key ecosystem stakeholders, including Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, and Civil society to support young entrepreneurs making them enablers of change.
UNDP will identify 30 youth led innovations and/or ideas and enable them to become changemakers.
Why should you apply?

Calling early stage initiatives
(less than 6 years of existence)
being run by people between
18-40 years

3 months long virtual
incubation program

Capacity building

Access to mentorship and
resource providers


Peer Learning

Networking Opportunities


i. Young innovators between the age group of 18-40 years old (Indian Residents).
ii. Founder/Co-founder of a non-profit organization or a social enterprise (0-6 years of establishment)
iii. Working in space of LGBT livelihoods and/or gender-based violence mitigation
iv. Nascent (growth/pilot) stage social enterprises and non-profits
v. Women LGBT youth and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply

No, any innovator who fulfils the above mentioned requirements can apply.

No, Nascent (growth/pilot) stage social enterprises and non-profits can also apply

Yes. You need to have completed a pilot of your idea in order to be eligible for our incubation program.
The program will be for a duration of 3 months.

The program will be for a duration of 3 months starting from January 2021

If you work for the LGBTI community within the areas including skill development, employment & economic empowerment,  social protection & rights, education & healthcare (including mental health) etc, you can apply.

You need to have access to the internet and a smartphone to participate in the virtual incubation program.
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