About

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.

 

Submit Your Innovation

Does you have a project with 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.

Funding
Network & Mentorship
WFP Operations
What We Do
We work with WFP entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and NGOs to build solutions to hunger that work.

Bootcamps

Bootcamps 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. 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 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 at global.innovation@wfp.org

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

Dalili

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator
Established
2017
Location
Lebanon

Dalili is a smartphone application that gives Syrian and Lebanese families up-to-date information on food prices and special offers at stores where they can…

Building Blocks

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator
Established
2016
Location
Jordan

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

H2Grow | Chad

Supported by
Innovation Accelerator
Established
2018
Location
Chad

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

Our Numbers
23
Projects
across 30 countries
139
People
involved in innovation projects
368,000
People
reached by Accelerator-supported projects
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