We’re excited to announce the launch of the latest edition of World Food Program Innovation Challenge in search of game-changing innovations that offer relief, foster resilience and end hunger.
Over 828 million people – more than one in ten of the world’s population – still go to bed hungry each night. The number of people facing acute food insecurity has reached a record high of 345 million, up from 135 million in 2019. Meanwhile, the cost of delivering food assistance has reached unprecedented levels due to soaring prices of food and fuel. The combination of increased expenses for food and transportation, worsened by the economic consequences of the pandemic, climate change, and the conflict in Ukraine, has made food inaccessible for millions of people, placing significant strain on WFP’s operations.
This edition of the WFP Innovation Challenge seeks to identify and support disruptive social innovations that address key challenges in the fight against hunger.
How does the WFP Global Innovation Challenge work:
Innovation Bootcamp: Selected teams deep dive field-level challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. The Bootcamp will be held in Munich, Germany.
Pitch Night: After the week-long Bootcamp culminates with Pitch Night. It’s 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 3- to 6-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 the private sector and non-profit experts, donors and WFP Country Offices.
- 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 are preferred.
- Your solution should be financially viable.
- Your proposal must show how working with WFP will serve your long-term strategy.
For 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.
Funding: Apply to receive up to USD 100,000 in equity-free funding
Access to WFP Operations: Successful teams will get an opportunity to work with WFP
Hands-On Support: Get a chance to work with technical and industry mentors
Networking: Teams will be able to tap into and leverage our strong network of public, private, and government partners to accelerate implementation.
|Application Deadline||19th July 2023|
|Who Can Apply?||Anyone across the world|
|Learn More and apply now||: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)|
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