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What are the
WFF Startup Innovation Awards?

The WFF Startup Innovation Awards, powered by Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) are a global startup competition established to support and showcase innovators and entrepreneurs who are harnessing the power of technology to drive the sustainable transformation of agrifood systems in support of ending global hunger and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Made possible through a strategic partnership with XTC, the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing global challenges, these awards aim to elevate the next generation of entrepreneurs who are creating new technologies and innovations to benefit our planet and the agrifood systems we need to thrive.

Agrifood systems specialists, innovators and entrepreneurs from around the globe have volunteered to become experts and judges  for the WFF Startup Innovation Awards.

Imagine, YOU, pitching your innovation to this panel — what a moment!

Better Production Startup Award Better Life Startup Award
Better Nutrition Startup Award Startup Innovator of the Year Award
Better Environment Startup Award

Awards mission

Technological and digital innovation will play a critical role in the future of our food. To address the unprecedented challenges facing our agrifood systems, we need to find new, actionable, innovative and inclusive solutions. We also need to ensure that these solutions take into account the complex, interrelated nature of global agrifood systems.

Through the WFF Startup Innovation Awards, we are seeking to identify, elevate and accelerate the growth of startups who show the greatest potential for a positive impact in transforming agrifood systems, aligned to one of four categories:

WFF Food Processing Startup Award
Digital Innovation in Food Processing

This Award aims to recognize and elevate startups that are leaders in digital and/or data solutions, which tackle and propose innovations in the following areas in the food processing industry: improved efficiency, higher quality, sustainable production and products, food safety and improving labor conditions.

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WFF Empowering Women Startup Award
Empowering Women in Agrifood Systems

This Award aims to recognize startups that are most impactfully increasing access of women to land, inputs, services, finance and digital technology to drive positive agrifood systems transformation, particularly in the Global South.

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WFF Food Loss Startup Award
Food Loss

This Award aims to recognize startups that are developing innovative technological solutions to help reduce food loss within global agrifood systems, focusing on single or multiple interventions within agrifood supply chains, from post-harvest to throughout the supply chains up to the retail stage.

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WFF Good Food for All, for Today and Tomorrow Startup Award
Good Food for All, for Today and Tomorrow

Based on the 2024 theme of the World Food Forum, this Award aims to identify and support global startups that are developing innovative, technology-based solutions to sustainably address food insecurity and access to healthy diets (including, but not limited to: sustainable production of livestock, fisheries and crops; responsible management of forests, wetlands, soil and water; and scaling up clean energy for sustainable agrifood systems transformation).

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Why Apply?

The WFF Startup Innovation Awards will provide the finalists travel allowance to the finals during the flagship event in Rome, global visibility, the chance to raise capital, network with global entities (governments, United Nations agencies, corporations, investors, partners), the chance to join WFF startup accelerator programmes to scale up their innovative solutions and technological breakthroughs, and a total of USD 30 000 in prizes.

Application and timeline

The WFF Innovation Labs launched the Startup Innovation Awards, powered by Extreme Tech Challenge, on 8 May 2024 during the UN Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Forum is open to startups whose work impacts the four categories explained above.

Be sure to subscribe to the WFF mailing list and follow us on social media for the start of the call!

 

Timeline

8 May 2024: Launch of the WFF Startup Innovation Awards, powered by XTC, during UN STI Forum via our website and social media.

8 June 2024: Deadline for new applications.

June – October 2024: The WFF-XTC selection team will narrow down the list of entrants to an initial group of shortlisted startups to be highlighted on our website and participate in the September semi-finals.

The eight finalist startups across the four categories will then give their pitches to the panel of judges in the Startup Innovation Awards Finals during the World Food Forum flagship event on World Food Day, 16 October, with the final award for each of the categories, as well as one overall winner, the WFF Startup Innovation of the Year Award.

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News

WFF at the STI Forum 2024 - Youth-led Innovation: Ensuring good food for all, for today and tomorrow
WFF at the STI Forum 2024 - Youth-led Innovation: Ensuring good food for all, for today and tomorrow
09/05/2024

The World Food Forum (WFF) joined the 9th United Nations STI Forum in New York to advocate for the support of youth-led innovation for sustainable agrifood...

STI Forum Side Event - Youth-led Innovation: Ensuring good food for all, for today and tomorrow
STI Forum Side Event - Youth-led Innovation: Ensuring good food for all, for today and tomorrow
30/04/2024

The WFF will join the 9th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) by organizing its side event “Youth-led...

Meet the 2023 Startup Awards winners
Meet Our 2023 Startup Innovation Awards Winners
30/11/2023

Young entrepreneurs were celebrated at the center stage of the World Food Forum Startup Innovation Awards 2023.

Meet our Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) 2023 winners
Meet our Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) 2023 winners
29/11/2023

Innovative researchers took center stage at the World Food Forum 2023, where the third edition of the Transformative Research Challenge (TRC) concluded.

 

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