The IGNITE Food Systems Challenge is a first of its kind initiative to support South Sudanese entrepreneurs and their businesses.
The Challenge will provide a platform for youth to pitch and showcase their businesses to win both financial and technical support.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA) and in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), are looking for South Sudan’s brightest and newest ideas on how to tackle hunger, improve food security and strengthen food systems.
With this program, WFP, UNDP and its partners seek to foster an enabling environment for start-ups and SMEs in South Sudan to scale into commercially viable businesses that contribute to the economy while creating a positive impact in society by addressing different gaps in the food system.
The program seeks start-ups with innovations tackling hunger, improving food security and / or strengthening regional food systems.
Selected enterprises will receive technical support, training, and mentorship and have an opportunity to receive grant funding of up to US$40,000.
WFP IGNITE Innovation Hub for Eastern Africa was launched in December 2020, with help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, to leverage WFP’s brand, public and private partners, deep field access, and expertise to develop, nurture and scale sustainable innovations for increased food security in the region.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.
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1. Have a valid business license for operating in South Sudan.
2. Have annual revenue turnover of at least 5,000 USD equivalent for the previous year
3. Be at least 3 full-time working members / founders dedicated to the business.
4. At least 50% of the senior management / founding team is from South Sudan.
5. Based and operating in South Sudan.
Apply to receive up to $40,000 in equity-free funding.
b) Access to WFP & our Partners:
Teams will work with WFP, UNDP, and our expert entrepreneur support partners.
c) Bespoke, Flexible Support:
You’ll have the chance to request specific support on what your business needs most, with a bespoke curriculum and direct connections with experts and mentors to troubleshoot challenges your business is facing to scale.
d) Networking and exposure:
Teams will be able to tap into and leverage our strong network of public, private, and government partners, and the power of the combined brands.
WFP is especially looking for businesses that already have developed proofs of concept / minimum viable products and are looking to scale up their ideas!
If you are youth-led (between the ages of 18 and 35) and women-led start-ups, we would love to specifically encourage you to apply!
Submissions will be accepted until December 15, 2021.
For more information, please visit https://www.wfp.org/news/wfp-launches-program-support-entrepreneurs-sout...