The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to hunger globally. We support WFP innovators and external start-ups and companies through financial support, access to a network of experts and a global field reach.

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 Innovation 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.

 

What we offer

Do you have a project with the potential to solve hunger? Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator and receive up to 100,000 USD in equity-free funding, mentorship from industry experts and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Equity-Free Funding
Hands-on Support
Access to Field Operations
How does it work?
We work with WFP entrepreneurs, companies and NGOs to build solutions to disrupt hunger.

Bootcamps

Bootcamps are often the first stop on the journey for many start-ups and WFP teams. Over the course of five days, innovation and humanitarian experts help teams deep-dive challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. Bootcamps 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 start-ups and WFP teams 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.

Scale-up Enablement

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 at global.innovation@wfp.org

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 Innovation Principles
Human-Centered Design
Creating tailor-made solutions for people we serve.
BUILDLEARNMEASURE
Lean Startup
Experimentation, iterative design and user feedback.
Innovating for Zero Hunger
Explore the projects currently supported by the WFP Innovation Accelerator

Dalili

A sense of home away from home

Building Blocks

Blockchain for Zero Hunger

H2Grow

Growing food in impossible places
Our Numbers
50+
Projects
across 42 countries
8
Projects
scaling up globally
763,240
People
reached in 2018 alone
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