UN World Food Forum Startup Innovation Award 2022

UN World Food Forum Startup Innovation Award 2022

The WFF Startup Innovation Awards, powered by Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) are a global 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, the Awards seek 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: better production, better nutrition, better environment, and better life. A special prize will also be awarded to innovative solutions aligned to the 2022 World Food Forum theme, “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”

Benefits of UN World Food Forum Startup Innovation Award 2022

The Award will provide finalist and award winners:

  • The potential for global visibility
  • The ability to raise capital
  • Network with global entities (governments, United Nations agencies, corporations, VCs, partners),
  • Gain the mentorship opportunities they need to pioneer technological breakthroughs and help power a sustainable future for our food.


  1. World Food Forum (WFF) Call for Young African Agrifood Changemakers
  2. She Code Africa Mentoring Program 2022 for African Tech Women.
  3. Carrington Fellowship Program 2022 for Young Leaders in Nigeria.
  4. The Elsevier Foundation Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge ($25,000)

Eligibility criteria of UN World Food Forum Startup Innovation Award 2022

  • Open to companies whose work impacts an element of agrifood systems: production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and parts of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded.

Application process for the Innovation Award

  • Phase I: Launch of the WFF Awards, powered by XTC
  • Phase II: The WFF-XTC Cup – July – October, 2022: the WFF selection team will narrow down the list of entrants to an initial group of shortlisted startups to be highlighted on their website and participate in the September semi-finals. The eight finalist startups across the four betters will then give their pitches to the panel of judges in a session during the World Food Forum flagship event in October, with the final award for each of the categories of the “four betters” in relation to the 2022 theme: “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.”, as well as one overall winner, the WFF Award Innovator of the Year, to be delivered in the WFF Innovation Award Ceremony.

UN World Food Forum Startup Innovation Award 2022

Deadline: July 15, 2022

Apply here

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