About

To identify, nurture and scale-up bold solutions to challenges in humanitarian and development contexts, we support internal innovations and external entrepreneurs across all WFP operations.  Based in Munich, Germany, the Accelerator provides funding for innovations and start-ups, brings in hands-on innovation expertise and links teams with experts from across the non-profit and private sectors as well as academia to take proven concepts to scale.

We believe the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way. 

The Accelerator is a space where the world can find out what works and what doesn’t in addressing hunger - a place where we can be bold, and fail as well as succeed.

 

Food in Emergencies - Global Impact Challenge

 

WFP has joined forces with Singularity University (SU) for a Global Impact Challenge – a call for exponential innovations in the fight to end hunger by 2030.  

We're seeking bold new ways to provide access to local and nutritious food for the most vulnerable people in emergencies.

Applicants are being asked to design a solution that can be rapidly deployed when a crisis breaks out. It should provide a sustainable source of nutritious food as quickly as possible – something that can be rolled out fast and at modest cost. And the proposed solution must enable vulnerable families to support their own household food needs, reducing their dependence on external assistance. To learn more about the Challenge and prize, follow the link provided. 

Applications close 10 March 2017.

Our Innovation Principles
Human Centered Design
Creating tailor made solutions for people we serve.
BUILDLEARNMEASURE
Lean Startup
Experimentation, iterative design and user feedback.
What We Do
We work with internal entrepreneurs and external start-ups to build solutions that work

Boot Camps

Boot Camps are often the first stop on the journey for many projects and start-ups. Over the course of 3 – 10 days, innovation and humanitarian experts help teams deep dive challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. Boot Camps combine innovation techniques such as human centred design with WFP’s deep field knowledge and operational excellence.

Sprint Programme

The ‘Sprint Programme’ is an intensive 3 – 6 month programme that helps projects and start-ups reach proof of concept and/or develop prototypes ready for implementation. Teams receive financial support, guidance and space to bring their idea to life from the Munich-based Accelerator, and access to WFP’s global network of partners and resources.

Innovation Fund

The WFP Innovation Fund provides grants to second stage innovations that have reached a proof of concept to scale globally. Projects and start-ups that graduate from the WFP Sprint Programme are eligible for funding. The WFP Innovation Fund is supported by governmental and private sector donors.

R&D (Thought Leadership)

WFP is actively exploring new trends, technologies and long-term project strategies that can help move us towards Zero Hunger. The Innovation Accelerator works with UN sister agencies, academia and private sector innovation leaders to find and leverage game-changing products or services. Supported projects receive unparalleled access to R&D leaders in for and non-profit sectors.

Our numbers
20
Projects
across 14 countries
50
Entrepreneurs
working on early-stage ideas
100.000+
People
impacted by Accelerator-supported projects
Project Portfolio
Explore the projects currently supported by the Innovation Accelerator

AgriUp

Established
2016
Countries
Guatemala

The lives of small-holder farmers could be revolutionized by AgriUp, a low bandwidth smartphone application currently under development.

Zero Post Harvest Losses

Established
2015
Countries
East Africa

WFP is scaling up a Zero Post Harvest Losses Programme that sells low cost, locally produced silos and provides training to smallholder farmers in developing countries.

ShareTheMeal

Established
2014
Countries
Global

ShareTheMeal is a smartphone app that enables users to "share their meal" with hungry children – with just a tap. 

Our Donors
The WFP Innovation Accelerator is generously supported by:
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Federal Foreign Office Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry