The world has solutions to poverty. Can you distribute them to those in need?

Our world has already invented many effective poverty solutions, but sadly most fail to reach actual people in need. Millions of lives would improve if people had access to proven energy, education, health, and other interventions. Can you start a new social enterprise and solve this problem?

D-Prize is a call to the world’s boldest entrepreneurs. Can you design a new company or NGO that solves one of the distribution challenges below? If selected, we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in Africa, India, or any other developing region. D-Prize will award 5-15 social entrepreneurs funding. If your pilot is successful, we will help you find future funding and grow to impact millions.

Who Should Compete?

D-Prize is for all aspiring entrepreneurs. You may come from anywhere in the world, be any age, and have any background. You must be ambitious, a skilled leader, and ready to work hard to grow your company/NGO for years to come.

We will fund some existing organizations, especially if your organization wants to pilot a new distribution-focused initiative. If you are over 12 months old, have already raised more than $100,000, and are not piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, D-Prize is unlikely to offer funding.

Timeline

FIRST ROUND

Submit a resume and two-page concept note by Sept 18 (early deadline), Oct 3 (regular deadline), or Oct 16 (limited extension). Early submissions encouraged.

SECOND ROUND

The top 5% of entrepreneurs will be invited to submit a full 10 page proposal. Full plans are due within four weeks of being invited to submit.

FINAL ROUND

The top entrepreneurs will interview with judges. Winners will receive up to $20,000, mentorship, and other support as you launch.

GET STARTED

Launch your pilot. Spend the next three months using all of your talent to start a venture to help millions of people.

Ready? Download an Application Packet.

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