WFP Innovation Accelerator 2018 (Startups with Ideas to Solve Hunger)
WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to hunger globally. The Innovation Accelerator supports World Food Programme intrapreneurs and external start-ups and companies through financial support, access to a network of experts and a global field reach.
The Innovation Accelerator believes the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way. It is a space where the world can find out what works and what doesn’t in addressing hunger – a place where we can be bold, and fail as well as succeed.
As the world changes, innovation is critical to enable the World Food Programme (WFP) to meet global needs and to deliver on its mandate to end hunger.
How the Innovation Accelerator works.
Boot Camps are often the first stop on the journey for many projects and start-ups. Over the course of 3 – 10 days, innovation and humanitarian experts help teams deep dive challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. Boot Camps combine innovation techniques such as a human-centered design with WFP’s deep field knowledge and operational excellence.
The Innovation Accelerator Sprint Programme is an int6-month 3 – 6 month acceleration that helps projects and start-ups reach proof of concept and/or develop prototypes ready for implementation. Teams receive financial support, guidance and space to bring their idea to life from the Munich-based Accelerator, and access to WFP’s global network of partners and resources.
The WFP Innovation Fund provides grants to second stage innovations that have reached a proof of concept to scale globally. Projects and start-ups that graduate from the WFP Sprint Programme are eligible for funding. The WFP Innovation Fund is supported by governmental and private sector donors. To learn how you can contribute, email us today.
R&D (Thought Leadership)
WFP is actively exploring new trends, technologies and long-term project strategies that can help move us towards Zero Hunger. The Innovation Accelerator works with UN sister agencies, academia, and private sector innovation leaders to find and leverage game-changing products or services. Supported projects receive unparalleled access to R&D leaders in for and non-profit sectors.
Does your company have the potential to solve hunger? Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator and receive up to 100,000 USD in funding, mentorship from industry experts and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organization.
How to Apply
Apply to WFP Innovation Accelerator programme to participate in our week-long boot camp and gain access to their 3-6 month sprint programme. Selected projects will get access to awesome mentorship, financial support and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organization, our operations, partners and technical experts.
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Deadline: January 2nd, 2018