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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator 2019 Cohort III (Fully Funded to Germany & $100,000 in Funding)

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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is accelerating high-potential solutions to disrupt hunger worldwide. Apply for financial support, mentorship and access to WFP operations, partners & technical experts.

 

Eligibility Requirements

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.
  • We accept project applications from WFP employees who are collaborating with NGOs, government or private sectors.

 

What We Offer

Funding

  • 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.

Networking

  • Teams will be able to tap into and leverage our strong network of public, private, and government partners to accelerate implementation.

 

How We Select Innovations

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 we prioritize projects that are designed alongside our core users—vulnerable communities—and that show initial traction and market validation to ensure impact and maximize cost effectiveness. We 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
Interested? Visit https://innovation.wfp.org/apply

Application Deadline: 25 October, 2019 at 11:59 PM (CEST)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

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