Call for Application: WFP Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Programme (DGIx) 2023

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The WFP Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Programme (DGIx) 2023 is now accepting applications. DGIx is looking for high-impact digital ventures and projects that address some of the most serious environmental issues in specific nations.

In low- and middle-income nations, digital transformation can play a significant role in mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. A “twin transition” strategy recognizes technology’s and data’s large and untapped role in driving sustainability: instead of thinking about digitalization (using technology) and sustainability (taking care of the planet) separately, a twin transition strategy believes that these two changes can work together. It claims that both environmental technology and those that enable digital transformation may help us build stronger, more flexible, and better economies.

The DGIx aims to support technology-powered solutions addressing pressing environmental challenges. The programme will select ventures, solution providers and consortiums who will receive financial, technical, and methodological support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator, #SDF, and other partners. Together with the best and brightest minds globally, they will be able to leverage the digital-green synergies to ultimately improve the lives of vulnerable communities.

WFP Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Programme Benefits

  • Hands-on support & access to network: The selected ventures and solutions will be invited to participate in a fully virtual 4-day WFP Innovation Bootcamp in early December 2023, and will be invited to attend an in-person pitch event in Kigali, Rwanda, on January 30-31, 2024.
  • Funding, coaching & mentorship: Selected ventures will be invited to apply to the WFP Sprint Programme – a six-month acceleration program with access to up to US$ 230,000 in equity-free funding, coaching, and mentorship support from a global network of relevant partners in the public health space.
  • Scaling: Mature solutions that have proven their concept, scale, and value for social impact may qualify for further funding and support.

WFP Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Programme Eligibility

  • Your organization must have a presence (e.g., in the form of a country office or other permanent presence, subsidiary, long-term operations, etc.) and be locally rooted in the country of implementation.
  • Your organization must be an established legal entity (for-profit, not-for-profit, social enterprise) for at least 2 years.
  • Your innovation must be at least at the validated prototype stage, ideally with proof of traction, and a verified potential commercial value and impact.
  • Your innovation should clearly address one or more of the priority innovation areas.
  • Your innovation should have a clear pathway to scale (capacity to be adapted, expanded, replicated or scaled) along with a well defined implementation plan ready to be executed during the 12-month accelerator period using the available funding.
  • Applications from consortiums and cooperations with local NGOs are highly encouraged.
  • Solutions using open formats and approaches (Open Data, Open Hardware, Free and Open-Source Software, collaborative mapping and crowd-sensing) are encouraged.
  • At least one of the team members must be fluent in English.
  • They prioritize ventures that focus on promoting gender equality and empowering women, either through their beneficiaries, job creation, or by having a high representation of women in leadership positions.
  • They also encourage applications from youth-led ventures.

Countries of Interest

Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo

WFP Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Programme Evaluation Criteria

  • Impact & Scalability: applicants should have a defined vision, an identified target group, and be able to demonstrate the potential to solve the posed challenge(s).
  • Team: applicants should be able to demonstrate having a diverse, non-discriminatory, and inclusive organization with demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Novelty: applicants should be able to show how their solution and business model are innovative while being technically suitable and viable.
  • Traction: applicants should be able to present evidence of feasibility and adoption by the target group.
  • Business Model: applicants should demonstrate the viability of their business model, how they intend to achieve a sustainable business, pricing, and financial model.

WFP Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Programme Application

  • To submit your application, fill in the Application Form before September 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm (CET).
  • Or, if you know a relevant venture or solution for WFP to consider for this programme, let them know by filling out this Referral Submission Form.

Deadline: September 24, 2023

For more information, visit WFP DGIx.

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