Innovation Accelerator
Bootcamp & Pitch Night
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Silicon Valley | Google Headquarters Oct. 11–15, 2019
One idea could #disrupthunger

The Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to end global hunger. It supports innovators, start-ups and companies through financial support, access to a network of experts and a global field reach. The way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but in identifying and testing solutions in an agile way. The Innovation Accelerator is a space where the world can find out what works, what doesn’t, be bold, fail and succeed.

28

projects up and running across 42 countries

763,240

people reached by Accelerator projects

$100K

up to $100k of funding, mentorship and access available to each team

How the Accelerator Turns Ideas Into Reality

Step One

The innovation team is constantly on the lookout for new technologies, trends, project strategies and business-model innovations to find game-changing solutions for products or services that can move the needle on ending hunger. The Innovation Accelerator works with UN sister agencies, humanitarian organizations, academia and private-sector innovation leaders to find and leverage the most promising new ideas.

Photo: WFP/Claire Nevill

Step Two

The Innovation Accelerator sources internal and external innovation ideas and projects through its online application site, active sourcing and innovation challenges. More than 4,000 applications have been received over the Accelerator's four-year history.

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Step Three

Out of thousands of applicants, 140 teams have been selected to attend 16 different WFP Innovation Bootcamps. The teams take part in a five-day, high-intensity training program with mentors to refine their concepts. Innovation and humanitarian experts help teams deep-dive into challenges, ideate solutions and refine project plans. Bootcamps combine innovation techniques, such as human-centered design, with WFP’s deep field knowledge and operational excellence.

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Step Four

From 140 teams, 50 projects have been chosen for an initial round of support, which requires an additional application. The semi-final teams participate in the Sprint Program, an intensive three to six-month acceleration that helps teams reach proof of concept and/or develop prototypes ready for implementation. Teams receive financial support (up to $100,000 in equity-free funding), 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.

Photo: WFP/Anna Fichtner

Step Five

Currently, eight projects have reached the scale up phase, meaning they have added multiple countries to their portfolio or rapidly increased the number of people affected by their solution. Scaling also often means that an innovation is mainstreamed into WFP's global operations, and is incorporated into a WFP office's core programming. In 2018 alone, these projects helped over 763,000 people.

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Bootcamp in action

Meet the Five Scale-Up Teams

Scale ups are advanced stage innovations that have already proven their project concept.

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ShareTheMeal

The ShareTheMeal app is making it easy for everyone to donate to WFP with just a few taps of their smartphone.

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H2Grow

H2Grow is the expert for hydroponic solutions in emergency and development contexts.

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Empact

EMPACT connects young adults affected by conflict to income opportunities in the global digital economy.

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VAMPIRE/PRISM

PRISM/VAMPIRE is a platform for risk reduction in climate-related disaster response. It collects and analyzes data to identify critical hotspots.

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PLUS School Menus

PLUS School Menus is online software that, through an advanced mathematical algorithm, calculates the most cost-effective, nutritious school feeding menus.

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Meet the Six Early Stage Teams

(gr)ATM

In response to the needs of the beneficiaries and the challenges faced by the government in distributing food grain subsidies, WFP India proposes to design, develop and pilot an automated multi-commodity grain dispensing and procurement solution. (gr)ATM is a kind of “grain ATM” and is proposed to be piloted in 15 locations.

Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

GrainMate

Moisture can kill even a good harvest when grain goes into storage. GrainMate is an affordable moisture monitor to help reduce post-harvest losses. The $100 retail price and an innovative business model to trade grain products for the GrainMate tool creates accessibility for small-scale farmers.

HungerMapLIVE

WFP has developed a global hunger monitoring system to help assess, monitor and visualize the severity and scope of hunger in over 90 countries. HungerMapLIVE pulls together key metrics – such as food security information, weather, population size, conflict, hazards, nutrition information and macro-economic data – to predict and monitor the food security situation in near real-time. The resulting analysis is displayed on an interactive map that helps WFP staff, key decision makers and the broader humanitarian community to make more informed and timely decisions on food security.

Fenik

Effective storage is a part of food security which is often dependent on technical infrastructures not available in underdeveloped or conflict-affected areas. Fenik is an effective, scalable, electricity-free, mobile-refrigeration solution. By solely using water, Fenik creates low-cost, easily portable food coolers that address the problem of food storage in extreme environments and places that have no electricity.

PDS Digital Identity

Iraq’s largest social safety net, PDS, distributes flour, rice, oil and sugar, but its paper-based system results in errors and gaps in service delivery. PDS Digital Identity proposes to develop a “myPDS” mobile app to provide a digital identity for citizens, which can help prioritize aid delivery to the most vulnerable, and allow citizens to self update personal information on Iraq’s national ID system, further providing potential for interoperability in the administration of other social, health or resource distributions.

Roambee

Roambee is a global Internet of Things (IoT) data company that puts you in control of your things on demand — goods, equipment, or valuable assets — located indoors, outdoors, and in-transit. Roambee is impacting cost and risk for hundreds of enterprises in manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, transportation, finance and aerospace by addressing “sensing” to “making sense” to “acting upon” their data.

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