WFP Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Program for 2023 (US$250,000 in equity-free funding) for startups and innovators

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2023, 11:59 P.M | WFP Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Program for 2023

The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the WFP Innovation Accelerator. Are supporting the Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Programme. Which is looking for high-impact innovative solutions to address emergency and humanitarian issues. Faced by vulnerable populations and humanitarian actors.

The UN and partner organizations estimate that around US$51.5 billion will be required to assist 230 million people in need across 69 countries, which will still fall short of providing assistance to all those in need globally.

The Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Programme aims to support technology-powered solutions addressing pressing global challenges faced in the humanitarian space. The programme will select ventures and solution providers who will receive financial, technical, and methodological support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator, and other partners. Together with the best and brightest minds globally, we will be able to ultimately improve the lives of vulnerable communities.


The Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Programme aims to leverage new technologies, new approaches, and new partnerships to improve and reduce risks in emergency management. Vulnerable communities affected by crises are at the core of the Programme’s engagement and it is based on the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence, and impartiality.Through this first cohort, we are seeking innovations that enhance emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and prevention through the use of the following technologies or approaches in humanitarian contexts:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
  • Space/Satellite Technology
  • Healthtech\sSupply Chain and Logistics

Eligibility Requirements

  • Your organization must be an established legal entity. (for-profit, non for profit, social enterprise, NGO, INGO) (for-profit, non for profit, social business, NGO, INGO).
  • The applicant organization shall have a presence or readiness to create a presence in the country of implementation. In the form of a country office or other permanent presence, subsidiary, long-term activities or partnerships in the nation, specifically with the appropriate humanitarian actors.
  • Your invention directly addresses one or more of the critical areas for innovation related to urgent global issues in the humanitarian field.
  • Your invention needs to fit the program’s Scaling or Early Stage workstream’s solution maturity profile.
  • With the funds available, your invention should have a feasible plan for implementation during the 6 to 12 month Sprint and a clear roadmap to scaling.
  • Candidates must be highly motivated to work with pertinent humanitarian stakeholders. Forge friendly ties with the Luxembourgish and/or Austrian business community. And engage with both countries’ innovative ecosystems.
  • Applications from NGOs are strongly encouraged, as is collaboration with them.

Eligible Nations

Afghanistan, Tunisia, Armenia, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Mali, Senegal, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Kosovo, Albania, Moldova, Georgia, Laos, Niger, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Moldova, Georgia, Laos, Niger, and Ukraine.

Application Method

  • Alternatively, if you are aware of a worthwhile project or solution that we should take into account for this program, do let us know by completing our Referral Submission Form.
  • Applications will be evaluated, and those chosen to participate in the fully online WFP Innovation Bootcamp in June 2023. Even while we value all applications, we can only get in touch with those who made the short list.
  • You’re interested but don’t think your idea is quite ready. Never let this deter you! You can still submit your submission as we build a pool of ideas with an emphasis on addressing urgent and humanitarian issues. The use of this solution pool may be requested for upcoming programs.

For Additional Information

Visit the WFP Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Program 2023 website.

Before March 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m., complete the application form to submit your request (CET).


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