WFP Digital Green Innovation Accelerator Program (DGIx) 2024 for African Startups

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PAM Innovation Accelerator Digital Green Innovation Accelerator Program (DGIx) 2024. Apply below.

When is the application deadline:

September 24, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (CET)

Tell me about the WFP Innovation Accelerator’s Green Digital Innovation Acceleration Program:

The Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Program (DGIx) is a program of the WFP Innovation Accelerator and the Smart Development Fund (#SDF), and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ ) and the European Union (EU). . DGIx is looking for high-impact digital companies and projects solving some of the most pressing environmental challenges in selected countries.

Digital transformation can play a major role in tackling climate change and biodiversity loss in low- and middle-income countries. A “dual transition” approach recognizes the important and untapped role of technology and data in sustainability: instead of thinking separately about digitalization (using technology) and sustainability (taking care of the planet), a strategy Dual Transition believes that these two changes can work together. He argues that technologies that protect the environment and those that enable digital transformation can both help us create stronger, more flexible and better economies.

The DGIX aims to support technological solutions that address pressing environmental challenges. The program will select companies, solution providers and consortia that will receive financial, technical and methodological support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator, #SDF and other partners. Working with the world’s brightest minds, we will be able to leverage digital-green synergies to ultimately improve the lives of vulnerable communities.



Who can apply for the WFP Innovation Accelerator Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Program?

DGIx aims to leverage the aforementioned interconnectivity between digitalization and climate change by using the potential of companies and consortia developing digital tools for climate action in the following areas:

  • Adaptation: reduce potential damage and vulnerability associated with climate change.
  • Mitigation: curb and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Resilience: anticipate, prepare and recover while sustaining minimal damage.

More details on these topics and example use cases can be found here.

Please consider the following factors before submitting your application to our program:

  • Your organization must have a presence (for example, in the form of a national office or other permanent presence, subsidiary, long-term operations, etc.) and be locally anchored in the country of implementation.
  • Your organization must be an established legal entity (for-profit, non-profit, social enterprise) for at least 2 years.
  • Your innovation should be at least at the validated prototype stage, ideally with proof of traction and verified potential commercial value and impact.
  • Your innovation must clearly address one or more of the priority innovation areas.
  • Your innovation should have a clear path to scale (ability to adapt, expand, replicate or scale up) as well as a well-defined implementation plan ready to execute during the period of 12-month acceleration using available funding.
  • Applications from consortia and cooperation with local NGOs are strongly 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 team member must be fluent in English.
  • We prioritize projects focused on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, either through their beneficiaries, job creation or strong representation of women in leadership positions .
  • We also encourage applications from youth-led businesses.

How are candidates selected?

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

*We reserve the right to adjust eligibility criteria based on changing circumstances as new information becomes available.

Which countries are eligible?

Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo.

How many rewards?


What is the benefit of the PAM Innovation Accelerator Digital Green Innovation Acceleration Program?

To date, the WFP Innovation Accelerator has hosted more than 45 flagship innovation bootcamps, helping more than 395 teams rapidly refine their innovations, field-testing more than 120 projects, and scaling innovations a break. Join a network of high-impact, disruptive innovations that have impacted more than 37 million people in 2022 alone.

The #SDF Smart Development Fund has so far refined, supported and expanded 8 digital solutions from the South, expanding their impact across 32 countries, in partnership with over 360 public, private and social sector institutions, directly benefiting 1 .5 million people. and affecting more than 13 million people.

Drawing on rich experience and deep expertise, the WFP Innovation Accelerator and the GIZ Program #SDF Smart Development Fund join forces to support digital innovations, accelerate their growth and extend their impact across the world. global scale.

How to register:

  • To submit your application, please complete the Application form Before September 24, 2023 11:59 p.m. (CET).
  • Or, if you know of a relevant company or solution to consider for this program, please let us know by filling out this reference submission form.
  • An information session will take place on September 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CET) To answer questions from interested candidates, do not hesitate to register here.
  • We will review and select successful applications to participate in a fully virtual WFP Innovation Bootcamp in December 2023. While we welcome all applications, we can only contact shortlisted candidates.
  • Are you interested, but don’t think your idea is ready yet? Don’t let this stop you! You can still send your application because we are creating a pool of solutions focused on solving emergency and humanitarian problems. This pool of solutions could be used for future programs.

For more information, see the Frequently asked questions.

Visit the award webpage for more details

This post was last edited on September 20, 2023 at 6:22 p.m.

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