Do you have an innovation that can build pandemic preparedness and accelerate the recovery of communities and health systems in low- and middle-income countries?
WFP is launching the Digital Health Innovation Accelerator Program, powered by WFP Innovation Accelerator, and the digilab, jointly led by BMZ – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, KfW – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the GIZ. We are in search of scalable digital solutions using open standards and approaches towards the creation of global goods, with a focus on building and supporting pandemic preparedness capabilities in low- and middle-income countries. As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues globally, we aim to leverage these digital solutions to accelerate the vaccination campaign, thereby maximizing its impact and the recovery of communities and health systems in low- and middle-income countries.
The programme will select mature start-ups and solution providers who will receive financial, technical and methodological support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator, and other partners. Together with the brightest and best minds globally, we will be able to support the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The WFP Innovation Accelerator has a track record of organizing over 38 flagship innovation bootcamps, supporting over 369 teams to rapidly refine their innovations, field testing over 100 projects, and bringing disruptive innovations to scale, reaching more than 3.7 million people in 2020 alone.
Projects will also be considered for the WFP Sprint Program, a six-month acceleration programme with access to up to US $250,000 in equity-free funding, mentorship, and access to a global network of relevant partners in the public health space
Mature innovations that have proven their concepts and value for social impact may qualify for further funding and support Selected teams will be invited to participate in a fully virtual WFP Innovation Bootcamp in January 2022