Got a Hunger-related Project? Apply to WFP Innovation Accelerator now
World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator is accepting entries for its sprint programme for startups and projects which provide innovative solutions to combat world hunger.
The programme is aimed at driving the United Nations’ goal of achieving zero hunger globally, by 2030. High potential social enterprises selected for the programme will get access to mentoring, funding and expertise to scale their ideas.
The teams and startups will participate in an intensive 3 – 6 month bootcamp and receive up to USD 100,000 in equity-free funding to help them reach proof-of-concept, develop prototypes ready for implementation and/or scale.
The eligibility criteria for innovative projects and startups include high potential to reach zero hunger, high level of innovation (could be on the technology, business model or systems) and a strong team (team track record and individual skills).
Other criteria include potential for scalability, financial sustainability of the project (have a sustainable business model that does not rely on WFP) and proven problem and traction.
Since its inception in 2016, the Innovation Accelerator has supported more than 20 internal-WFP innovation projects and startups to address a range of challenges ranging from growing food in the desert, to helping smallholder farmers access local markets, according to a statement on the website of WFP.
Based in Munich, Germany, the Accelerator is supported by contributions from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry.
Interested startups can apply at http://innovation.wfp.org/apply.
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