WFP Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa

The ten- month innovation programme will focus on innovators and inventors  with research-backed ideas in the food-systems sectors  with a high potential  for disruption  and impact towards food security in  East Africa.

What we are looking for

We invite applications from innovators and researchers  who have research-backed innovations addressing food systems in East Africa.

The call for applications is open for teams  with food system ideas grounded in research , whether from academia or practical experience , even if they haven't formally registered their businesses yet.

We especially encourage applications from youth , women -led teams and innovators from underserved populations in East Africa.

Program  Benefits.

The benefits will include:

  • Innovation Program :selected teams will participate in the IGNITE SEED innovation programme for ten months  and get access to our unique Human Centered Design (HCD) lab.
  • Innovation Lab: At the end of the HCD lab , you will pitch your validated prototype to a panel of experts and get the opportunity to be selected for our intensive business training.
  • Business training :Qualifying teams will go through an intensive 4 month entrepreneurship and business training.
  • Networking: Qualifying teams  will get exposure to the rich WFP  and implementing partner networks that can help their ideas to the next level.

Eligibility Criteria.

The IGNITE SEED Innovation Programme is open for applications for research-based food-systems innovators in East Africa that meet the following criteria.

  1. Research-backed idea or Invention in the food systems sector.
  2. At least two team members based in Kenya ,Uganda , Rwanda or Somalia  working on the idea .
  3. Interest in transforming   the idea into a venture.
  4. Passion about disrupting food systems to achieve zero hunger.
  5. Be available for programme activities  for the duration of the innovation programme including in-person and online trainings.
  6. Female entrepreneurs and non-academic innovators are specifically encouraged to apply.
  7. Target countries : Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Somalia.

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