The World Food Programme is accepting applications for its Innovation Accelerator Programme to source, support and scale high-potential solutions to disrupt hunger worldwide. They provide WFP staff, entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and non-governmental organizations with access to funding, mentorship, hands-on support and WFP operations.
- Apply to receive up to $100,000 in equity-free funding, with further funding dependent upon progress and measurable achievement of key targets.
- Access to WFP Operations
- Successful teams will work with WFP units on the ground to further develop and refine their solutions.
- Hands-On Support
- You’ll have the chance to work with technical and industry mentors who will provide guidance and accelerate your progress.
- Teams will be able to tap into and leverage our strong network of public, private, and government partners to accelerate implementation.
How it works
- Apply for an Innovation Bootcamp;
- Take the stage at an exclusive pitch event;
- Sprint from idea to impact;
- Zero in on what works, pre-scale;
- Scale-up for global impact;
- Graduate within and beyond WFP.
- If you are a start-up…
- Your start-up must be incorporated at the time of application. It can be for profit or not-for-profit.
- Your innovation must at least be at the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage. Proof-of-concept and initial traction is preferred.
- Your solution should be financially viable.
- Your proposal must show how working with WFP will serve your long-term strategy.
- If you are a WFP employee…
- Your team must have evidence of Country Office support and management buy-in.
- You are encouraged to apply, regardless of your contract type or function.
- WFP accepts project applications from WFP employees who are collaborating with NGOs, government or private sectors.
Applications submitted to the WFP Innovation Accelerator are assessed according to a standard set of criteria, and are reviewed by both WFP and external experts. They are looking for innovations that meet the following expectations:
- Impact for the people we serve and potential to reach Zero Hunger;
- Feasibility, including time to deliver impact, technology maturity, and user traction;
- Level of innovation;
- Financial sustainability with a clear business case that does not rely on WFP funding;
- Team strength, experience, and commitment.
Innovations in Action
Learn about previously submitted innovations that are already accelerating progress towards zero hunger.
For more information, visit https://innovation.wfp.org/apply