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Accelerator takes on hunger challenge


Startups are being urged to apply to a World Food Programme (WFP) accelerator and advance their ideas to zero hunger.

The 2018 Summer Sprint Programme from WFP is open for applications until 2 January. Companies selected for the three to six month Munich-based initiative will receive US$100,000 in funding and access to WFP’s network of partners.

And the platform is looking for disruptive solutions in all forms, not only those that are technology-based.

“We prioritise applications with a deep understanding of the problem at hand, and a focus on their mission. If technology forms part of the solution to the problem, great. Innovation can also be the adoption of old technologies, such as hydroponic growing, or business model innovations such as those pioneered by AirBnB,”

Entries submitted after 2 January will be put forward for the Winter Sprint Programme, which closes for applications on 31 July.

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