Watch again as eleven finalists pitch their ideas in the final stage of the Global Impact Challenge (GIC). The teams have just 3 minutes to explain how their idea can end hunger, and compete for a chance to attend Singularity University's Global Solutions Programme and/or receive between USD 50,000 - 100,000 in support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator.


To learn more about the Global Impact Challenge, the criteria and prize, see here.  Winners will be announced in late-May. 

The Pitches (not in order)

Phytoponics(UK) vision is to innovate the food chain through facilitating the mass adoption of hydroponic technology through advanced product design, so that market sustainable agriculture can tackle this century’s challenge of food, land & water.

Evolution Solutions (USA) believe their product ANSA - Autonomous Nutrient Supply Alternative - will change the way we think about agriculture by effectively using space, sustainably consuming water and eliminating the use of soil while maintaining nutrient quality and therefore bringing healthy food closer to homes.

Spira (USA) is a microalgae company using biotechnology to address global food insecurity by making products that promote a delicious, nutritious and healthy life. The spirulina starter kits are simple to grow, harvest and eat, and produce only clean oxygen as a by-product of the process.

Local Roots (USA) design, build, deploy and operate the world’s most productive indoor farming solutions. They believe the key to a more sustainable future requires eliminating supply-chain risks and undoing the commoditization of the food industry. 

Isabel’s (USA) mission is to deploy the most cost effective and resource efficient food production systems around the globe. From global cities to temporary communities, they want to deploy their technology to help feed everyone in need. 

Groasis (NL) have created the Growboxx® plant cocoon, an inexpensive, intelligent and biodegradable bucket made of recycled paper. With the Growboxx, a family can plant a productive tree (fruit, timber, oils, medicines, fodder, etc.) in combination with 4 vegetables, without using irrigation.

PX (CAN) believe their SaaS (software as a service) solution will see networked teams of humanitarian field responders tethered to streams of data-driven decision support, providing optimum relief response. Harnessing exponential technologies, their platform aims to provide real-time feeds, data analysis and visualisation and tactical dashboards to coordinate global emergency relief operations.

ColdHubs (NG) is a “plug and play” modular, solar-powered walk-in cold room, for 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods. It addresses the problem of post-harvest losses in fruits, vegetables and other perishable food.

Aero (SA) founder Spencer Horne believes his start-up idea can use airships to cheaply, accurately and quickly transport rapid relief supplies to communities affected by an emergency.

Nutigene (USA) makes fresh, raw liquid vitamins that are delivered straight to your door based on individual assessments.

KuganPro (UG) produces Black Soldier Fly larvae meal, a cheap, sustainable protein source made from organic waste that can be added to animal feed. They use simple, low tech and robust breading boxes that require limited water.