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WFP Innovation Pitch Night

 
#ZeroHunger #WFPInnovation
Thursday 9 March | 19.00 - 21.30
WFP Innovation Accelerator
Buttermelcherstr. 16, 80469 | München
 

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About

We’re opening our doors to the first WFP innovation Pitch Night of 2017 (and first at the Accelerator’s new home in Glockenbach, Munich) to give you an exclusive glimpse into the innovations that are helping us solve hunger. On Thursday 9 March, a selection of WFP’s most promising innovation teams will share their ambitious plans and pitch directly for your support.

Pitches will be followed by an open Q&A, lightning talks and an opportunity to meet with our entrepreneurs and teams in person. Accelerator staff will be on hand to offer more infomation to prospective start-ups, partners and entrepreneurs on how to work with WFP.

Innovation Projects

Digital Livelihoods (Lebanon)

In the Middle East, WFP is giving women and youth affected by conflict an opportunity to rebuild their lives through digital skills training and work opportunities. In 2016, a ‘Tech for Food’ project successfully piloted a training programme for more than 100 Syrian refugees and members of the local host community in Beirut, Lebanon. WFP is working to scale up the training programme across the region and secure life-changing work opportunities in partnership with major technology companies.

Hydroponic Growing (Algeria)

In the Algerian Sahara Desert, semi-nomadic Sahrawi refugees are testing a low-tech solar-powered shipping container solution to grow green animal fodder to improve their livestock’s milk and meat production. Crops are grown in rapid 7 day cycles, with just one unit able to feed up to 35 animals a day. Refugees receive technical training, locally purchased crop seeds and ongoing support, to build local capacities.

Building Blocks (Pakistan)

In early 2017, WFP took the first steps of harnessing Blockchain technology, which offers unique opportunities for humanitarians to save millions of dollars and provide effective, efficient assistance to beneficiaries, especially when using cash-based transfers (CBT). An early stage blockchain project was piloted at field level in January 2017 in the Sindh province, in Pakistan.

ShareTheMeal (Global / based in Berlin)

ShareTheMeal is an award winning smartphone app that enables users to "share their meal" with hungry children. A donation of US$0.50 will help provide a child with vital nutrition for the day so he or she can stay healthy. Since the launch in 2015, around 750,000 users worldwide have provided more than 11 million meals to children in Malawi and to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and Beirut, in Homs (Syria), Jordan and Lesotho. Currently, ShareTheMeal is fundraising for children affected by Boko Haram violence in Logone and Chari, in Cameroon.

Storytellers

Storytellers is a cutting-edge online communications campaign and training programme that brings a global audience closer to the people we serve. By empowering the people we serve to tell their own stories we can achieve greater interaction with advocates and donors.

WFP Innovation Boot Camps

Boot Camps are often the first stop on the journey for many projects and start-ups supported by the Accelerator. Over the course of 5 days, innovation and humanitarian experts help entrepreneurs deep dive challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. From our office in Munich, Germany, teams combine innovation techniques such as human-centred design and lean start-up with world-class support from external partners and experts. Field staff bring WFP’s deep field knowledge, operational excellence and awareness of the most pressing challenges on a ground level. 

Projects pitch for between USD 50 - 100,000 in funding, space to grow and hands on from the Innovation Accelerator's Sprint Programme at the end of each boot camp. Projects accepted into the Sprint Programme are expected to test fast, see what works and scale. Ideas whch reach proof of concept are then invited to use WFP's growing innovation fund for additional capital.