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  The World Food Program (WFP) is inviting mature startups and solution providers with a running focus on healthcare to apply for its Digital Health Innovation Accelerator.
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This program exists to enable the WFP to leverage the capabilities of qualified startups to build and support pandemic preparedness in low and middle-income countries. The ultimate aim will be to fast-track the recovery of communities from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Food Program Digital Health Innovation Accelerator is driven by the WFP Innovation Accelerator, with support from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the GIZ.


Startups accepted into the digital innovation accelerator will benefit from it in the following ways:
  • Their projects will be considered for the WFP Sprint Program, which will last for six months and provide up to $250,000 in equity-free funding
  • They will have access to mentors and global partners in public health
  • More funding could be available for mature innovations with a proven social impact
  • Teams selected from the pool of applicants will be invited to take part in a virtual Bootcamp that’s slated for January 2022

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Applicants must meet these conditions to be considered for the accelerator:
  • They must be registered as a legal entity in their home country
  • Their solution should follow the open source and open data approaches in the creation of global goods
  • They should work with information exchange mechanisms that conform to global standards
  • Applicants should have a presence in the country in which their solution is being implemented
  • Innovation must have a proof of concept, existing traction, and a well-defined route to scaling

The Leadup To The Accelerator

Applications for the WFP Digital Health Innovation Accelerator will remain open until Sunday, November 21, 2021. Submitted applications will be judged based on these criteria: impact and scalability, team diversity and gender balance, novelty, traction, and the viability of their business model. Startups chosen from the field of applicants will participate in an innovation Bootcamp from January 17 to 21, 2022. They will then pitch their solutions at a pitch event scheduled for January 28, 2022. If you would like to apply for the WFP Digital Health Innovation Accelerator 2021, click here. Featured Image Source: Opportunities For Africans
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This article was first published on 5th November 2021


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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