Apply for the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator 2019

Do you have an innovation that can end hunger? Are you an innovator at
World Food Programme? Apply for the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) Innovation Accelerator 2019
<http://www.opportunitydesk.org/2019/01/25/united-nations-world-food-programme-innovation-accelerator-2019/>
for financial support, mentorship and access to WFP operations, partners
& technical experts.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, supports and scales
high-potential solutions to hunger worldwide. They provide WFP
entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and NGOs access to mentorship,
training, financial support, expert insights and WFP operations. The
Innovation Accelerator is part of WFP’s Innovation and Change Management
Division.

*Program Details*

* *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.

*Eligibility*

* *For Start-up:*
o Your start-up must be incorporated at the time of application.
It can be for profit or not for profit.
o Your innovation must at least be at the Minimum Viable Product
(MVP) stage. Proof of concept is preferred.
o Your proposal must show how working with WFP will serve your
long-term strategy.
* *For WFP employee:*
o Your team must have evidence of Country Office support and
management buy-in.
o Everybody working at WFP is encouraged to apply, regardless of
your contract type or function.
o The WFP 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 they prioritize projects that are
designed alongside their core users—vulnerable communities—and piloted
at an early stage to ensure impact and maximize cost effectiveness. They
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*

If you are a start-up:

* Check your eligibility in the section above.
* Visit the application page
<https://www.f6s.com/wfpinnovationaccelerator/apply> hosted by F6S.
If you have any technical questions related to the F6S platform,
please contact *support@f6s.com.*
* 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.
* “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.
* 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:

* Check your eligibility in the section above.
* Fill out the WFP-only application form
<http://innovation.wfp.org/apply-wfp> hosted on the WFP website.

For more information, visit *UN WFP
<https://innovation.wfp.org/apply?fbclid=IwAR10F0usKqynMg4zuraHbSmM2KCRylTBZPfUXjXVcX8rm_IvVYWg0INyXNU>.*

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