World Food Program calls application for WFP Innovation Challenge 2020.
Unless swift action is taken, some 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be in acute food insecurity by the end of 2020, due to conflict, climate shocks, poverty, and #COVID19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating food insecurity, interrupting supply chains, and moving more people into hunger than previously predicted. WFP seeks cutting-edge solutions to transform emergency response and to achieve SDG2: Zero Hunger by 2030 for communities impacted by COVID19 and beyond. Innovations are needed more than ever before to achieve this goal.
The WFP Innovation Challenge has the following benefits
- Funding: Apply to receive up to $100,000 in equity-free funding, with further funding dependent upon progress and measurable achievement of key targets.
- Access to WFP Operations: Successful teams will work with WFP units on the ground to further develop and refine their solutions.
- Hands-On Support: You’ll have the chance to work with technical and industry mentors who will provide guidance and accelerate your progress.
- Networking: Teams will be able to tap into and leverage our strong network of public, private, and government partners to accelerate implementation.
If you are a start-up then your
- Start-ups must be incorporated at the time of application. It can be for-profit or not-for-profit.
- Innovation must at least be at the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage. Proof-of-concept and initial traction is preferred.
- Solution should be financially viable.
- Proposal must show how working with WFP will serve your long-term strategy.
If you are a WFP employee then
- Your team must have evidence of Country Office support and management buy-in.
- You are encouraged to apply, regardless of your contract type or function.
- WFP accepts project applications from WFP employees who are collaborating with NGOs, government, or private sectors.
Selections Criteria of WFP Innovation Challenge are as follows
- Impact for the people we serve and the potential to reach Zero Hunger.
- Feasibility, including the 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.
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