Innovation Challenge



Innovation Bootcamp

Selected teams are invited to participate in a Bootcamp in Munich, Germany, where they deep dive field-level challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. WFP introduces participants to cutting-edge innovation techniques, such as human-centred design and lean start-up, to create viable business models and use cases for WFP and its beneficiaries.

Pitch Night

The week-long Bootcamp culminates with Pitch Night – an opportunity for teams to share their solutions with an audience of investors and industry leaders who can help them bring to scale. 

Sprint Programme

The best teams are selected to participate in a three-to-six-month Sprint Programme, where they receive up to USD 100,000 in funding, field access, and hands-on support so that they can test the solution’s impact and scalability for WFP. To support implementation, the Accelerator helps teams connect with a global network of mentors, including private sector and non-profit experts, donors and WFP Country Offices.

Programme Dates
  2018 Cohort I 2018 Cohort II 2018 Cohort III 2019 Cohort I
Application Deadlines 2 January 2018 1 April 2018 25 September 2018 14 January 2019
Innovation Bootcamps 5-9 March 2018 4-8 June 2018 19-23 November 2018 TBD
Pitch Nights 8 March 2018 7 June 2018 22 November 2018 TBD


Eligibility Requirements
If you are a start-up, company or NGO...
  • Your start-up, company or NGO must be incorporated at the time of application. It can be for-profit or not-for-profit.
  • Your innovation must at least be at the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage. Proof of concept is preferred.

  • Your proposal must show how working with WFP will serve your long-term strategy.

If you are a WFP employee...
  • Your team must have evidence of Country Office support and management buy-in.
  • Everybody working at WFP is encouraged to apply, regardless of your contract type or function.

  • We accept project applications from WFP employees who are collaborating with NGOs, government or private sector.

Selection Criteria

Applications submitted to the WFP Innovation Accelerator are assessed according to a standard set of criteria, and are reviewed by both WFP and external experts. Please note that we prioritize projects that are designed alongside our core users—vulnerable communities—and piloted at an early stage to ensure impact and maximize cost effectiveness. We are looking for innovations that meet the following expectations:

  • Impact for the people we serve and potential to reach Zero Hunger
  • Feasibility, including time to deliver impact, technology maturity, and user traction
  • Level of innovation
  • Financial sustainability with a clear business case that does not rely on WFP funding
  • Team strength, experience, and commitment
Application Process
If you are a start-up, company or NGO...
  1. Check your eligibility in the section above.
  2. Visit our application page hosted by F6S. If you have any technical questions related to the F6S platform, please contact
  3. Create an account and ask your team members to register. All team members need to be registered so that you can apply as a team.
  4. “Create a team” by selecting registered members or inviting others to join your team. If team members are unable to register, you can select “It’s just me” to access the application.
  5. Answer the questionnaire. We want to learn about the problem, your proposed solution and its potential impact, your company and your team. When you are done with the questionnaire, click on “Connect”.
If you are a WFP employee...
  1. Check your eligibility in the section above.
  2. Fill out the WFP-only application form hosted on our website.





Please note that acceptance letters will be sent within one month from the application closing date. Due to the large volume of applications, WFP is unable to provide feedback to applicants not selected.

Innovations in Action
Learn about the innovations that were submitted in previous years and are already accelerating progress towards zero hunger.


Supported by
Innovation Accelerator

Dalili is a smartphone application that gives Syrian and Lebanese families up-to-date information on food prices and helps them provide feedback on their shopping…

H2Grow | Chad

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator

Refugees in Chad are building low-tech hydroponics units to grow fresh animal fodder and fight hunger

Building Blocks

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator

WFP is taking first steps to harness blockchain technology to enhance our ability to provide effective, efficient assistance to the people we serve.