Do you have an innovation that can end hunger? Are you an innovator at World Food Programme? Apply for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator 2019 for financial support, mentorship and access to WFP operations, partners & technical experts.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, supports and scales high-potential solutions to hunger worldwide. They provide WFP entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and NGOs access to mentorship, training, financial support, expert insights and WFP operations. The Innovation Accelerator is part of WFP’s Innovation and Change Management Division.
- Innovation Bootcamp: Selected teams are invited to participate in a Bootcamp in Munich, Germany, where they deep dive field-level challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. WFP introduces participants to cutting-edge innovation techniques, such as human-centred design and lean start-up, to create viable business models and use cases for WFP and its beneficiaries.
- Pitch Night: The week-long Bootcamp culminates with Pitch Night – an opportunity for teams to share their solutions with an audience of investors and industry leaders who can help them bring to scale.
- Sprint Programme: The best teams are selected to participate in a three-to-six-month Sprint Programme, where they receive up to USD 100,000 in funding, field access, and hands-on support so that they can test the solution’s impact and scalability for WFP. To support implementation, the Accelerator helps teams connect with a global network of mentors, including private sector and non-profit experts, donors and WFP Country Offices.
- 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 is preferred.
- 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.
- Everybody working at WFP is encouraged to apply, regardless of your contract type or function.
- The WFP accept project applications from WFP employees who are collaborating with NGOs, government or private sector.
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. Please note that they prioritize projects that are designed alongside their core users—vulnerable communities—and piloted at an early stage to ensure impact and maximize cost effectiveness. 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
How to Apply:
If you are a start-up:
- Check your eligibility in the section above.
- Visit the application page hosted by F6S. If you have any technical questions related to the F6S platform, please contact [email protected]
- Create an account and ask your team members to register. All team members need to be registered so that you can apply as a team.
- “Create a team” by selecting registered members or inviting others to join your team. If team members are unable to register, you can select “It’s just me” to access the application.
- Answer the questionnaire. We want to learn about the problem, your proposed solution and its potential impact, your company and your team. When you are done with the questionnaire, click on “Connect”.