About

WFP's Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to hunger globally. We support WFP intrapreneurs and external start-ups and companies from our home in Munich, Germany, through financial support, access to a network of experts and a global field reach.

The Accelerator believes the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way.  It 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.

 

Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator

Does your company have the potential to solve hunger?  Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator and receive up to 100,000 USD in funding, mentorship from industry experts and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Seed & Scale-Up Funding
Network & Mentorship
Access to WFP Operations
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

Our Sprint Programme is an intensive 3 – 6 month acceleration 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. To learn how you can contribute, email us today. 

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
22
Projects
across 14 countries
50
WFP Staff
working on innovation projects
100.000+
People
impacted by Accelerator-supported projects
Project Portfolio
Explore the projects currently supported by the Innovation Accelerator

Hydroponic Food Computers

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator
Established
2017
Location
Jordan

Maano - Virtual Farmers Market

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator
Established
2016
Location
Zambia

Virtual Farmers Market (VFM) is an app-based e-commerce platform where farmers’ surplus and buyers’ demand for crops are advertised and traded.

ShareTheMeal

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator
Established
2014
Location
Germany

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

Our Innovation Principles
Human Centered Design
Creating tailor made solutions for people we serve.
BUILDLEARNMEASURE
Lean Startup
Experimentation, iterative design and user feedback.
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