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World Food Program (WFP)/Cargill Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger 2019

Does your company have 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.

Application Deadline: 28th February 2019 (23.59 CET).

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): The Accelerator is based in Munich, Germany.

About the Award: The Global Innovation Challenge for Zero Hunger is looking for proposals that could transform the lives of smallholder farmers and small-scale livestock producers, reach a step change in food systems or increase the effectiveness of emergency response. From mobile applications to artificial intelligence, post-harvest loss prevention and new cultivation techniques, the challenge is seeking low- and high-tech solutions, business model innovations and more.

Selected teams will participate in a joint bootcamp at the WFP Innovation Accelerator from 13 to 17 May 2019 in Munich, Germany, where they will tackle field-level challenges and refine project plans with the hands-on support of industry experts and partners including Cargill leaders. Teams will also get a chance to receive up to US$100,000 in equity-free funding and access to a global network to test the solution’s impact and scalability in the field.

Cargill has committed US$550,000 in support of the WFP Innovation Accelerator, which is specifically designed to identify, nurture and scale bold solutions to achieve zero hunger.

Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility: The WFP Innovation Accelerator seeks high-potential solutions that tackle some of the biggest challenges in both humanitarian and development aid.

Teams applying to the challenge must:

  1. be a registered company, with a for-profit or not-for-profit designation,
  2. have a minimum viable product, and
  3. show initial evidence of their solution, such as results of user research or initial tests of their prototypes.

Value of Award: 

  • Up to USD 100,000 in sprint funding
  • Network & Mentorship
  • Access to WFP Operations

Duration of Program: 3 – 6 months

How to Apply: Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

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