The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator sources, supports and scales high-impact innovations to achieve Zero Hunger. Based in Munich, Germany, we provide WFP employees, entrepreneurs and startups with funding, hands-on support and access to WFP’s global operations. Through the Innovation Accelerator, WFP is leveraging unprecedented advances in digital innovation—such as mobile technology, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain—and new business models to transform the way we serve vulnerable communities across the world.

Building on WFP’s legacy of innovation, the Innovation Accelerator was launched in 2015 to pilot new solutions and scale promising innovations to disrupt hunger. In just five years, we've supported more than 80 projects around the world, with 11 innovations scaling up to reach 1.4 million people in 2019. In 2020, we were one of 10 organizations worldwide to be named in Fast Company’s 2020 awards: “Best Workplace for Innovators” and “Innovation Team of the Year.”

 

Our Impact
80+
Projects
across 45 countries
11
Projects
scaling up globally
1.4 million
People
reached in 2019 alone
What we do

We help innovators sprint from idea to impact

Our Sprint Programme is an intense six-month acceleration programme that helps innovators and start-ups reach proof-of-concept and develop prototypes ready for implementation. Apply for access to US $100,000 in funding, world-class mentors, results-driven programming, and WFP’s vast field operations.

We enable the scale-up of high-impact innovations

Our Scale-Up Enablement Programme enables the rapid scale up of high-impact innovations by providing tailored strategic planning, fundraising, communications, knowledge management and mentorship support. We scale up innovations that have the potential to significantly disrupt hunger by improving the livelihoods of over 100,000 people, increasing efficiency and effectiveness across multiple countries.

We explore game-changing frontier innovations

New technologies are rapidly developing and deeply transforming our lives and the world, including in the area of humanitarian aid. Our Frontier Innovations Programme explores game-changing innovations and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, edge computing and robotics to help humanitarians deliver on their mandate more effectively.

We provide a platform for innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

WFP is committed to strengthening global partnerships that deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our Innovation Services Programme creates custom acceleration programmes, innovation journeys and ecosystem building activities with other United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and private sector organisations. Our goal is to drive systemic change through working together.

What we offer

Do you have a bold idea to disrupt hunger? Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator for the possibility to receive up to US $100,000 in equity-free funding, mentorship from industry experts, and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organization.

Equity-Free Funding
Hands-On Support
Access to Field Operations
What sets us apart?
We’re ranked one of the most innovative companies in the world.
Five years, 80 projects and millions of people reached.
We’re on the cutting-edge of the world’s largest humanitarian agency.
We have a world-class network of mentors, partners and startups.
We’re located in the heart of Munich and tapped into a global innovation ecosystem.
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

EMPACT

Connecting youth to the future of work

H2Grow

Growing food in impossible places

CODA (Conditional On-Demand Assistance)

Simplified solutions for complex programmes
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 Government of the Netherlands USAID The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg