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Can these startups help end hunger?

Dadaab, Somalia-August 15, 2011: Unidentified children live in the Dadaab refugee camp where thousands of Somalis wait for help because of hunger on August 15, 2011 in Dadaab, Somalia.

(GERMANY)

Eleven startups pioneering products and services to ‘help end hunger’ will join next week’s World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator in Munich.

Early-stage companies – ‘from as far afield as Kenya and Dubai’ – will take part in the accelerator, which is being delivered in collaboration with Google Developers Launchpad.

“WFP’s Innovation Accelerator opens its doors next week to the latest cohort of startups and social entrepreneurs who believe they have what it takes to help end hunger,” a WFP Innovation blog states. “Since launching in 2016, more than 20 innovations have progressed from bootcamp to join the Sprint Programme, where they received funding, hands-on support and access to a global network to bring their concept to life.”

One of the startups is Swiss company, URS Labs, which has ‘developed a Guided Drone Transportation System using complex and innovative robotics and artificial intelligence, combined with custom made, revolutionary all-terrain delivery platforms’.

All of the startups will pitch to investors at Google’s office in Munich, between 7pm and 10pm, on Thursday 8 March, which members of the public can book to attend.

Check out details on all 11 of the selected startups.

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