D-Prize is dedicated toward expanding access to poverty-alleviation solutions in the developing world. Many solutions to poverty already exist; the challenge is distributing these solutions to the people who need it most. We tackle this by challenging social entrepreneurs to develop better ways to distribute proven life-enhancing technologies, and funding early-stage startups that deliver the best results.
- Significantly increase access to life-enhancing technologies in the developing world – and prove an impact in a measurable way.
- Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems, and launch new social ventures.
- Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. We believe the path to development is through solving distribution.
CO FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Nicholas directs D-Prize in San Francisco. He attended the University of Washington, and earned an MBA from Claremont. His background is in strategy and systems thinking, and he has been involved in several startups.
Nicholas sees entrepreneurship as the surest path to sustainable development.
Andrew YounCO FOUNDER
Andrew started One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that distributes farm inputs and training to smallholder farmers, enabling them to double their income per acre. One Acre Fund has over 1,000 full-time staff and serves 130,000 families.
Andrew lives in rural Kenya and has personally seen the power of technology distribution to transform the lives of hard-working families.
Paul YounCO FOUNDER
Paul lives in San Francisco, where he is a manager at a technology firm. Paul has been involved in early-stage talent screening at One Acre Fund since its inception.
Paul is passionate about empowering the world’s poor to reach their full human potential.
David is a co-founder of Sanergy, a social enterprise which makes hygienic sanitation sustainable in urban slums. David previously worked at Endeavor, a non-profit which helps for-profit entrepreneurs in the developing world scale, and at the Clinton Foundation.
David holds an MBA from MIT and BA from Yale University. He lives the social enterprise dream in Nairobi.
May LimBOARD MEMBER
May lives in San Francisco, where she is raising her daughter. She has worked in cancer research and as an electrical engineer, and graduated from MIT.
She is passionate about giving others the opportunity to thrive.
Cliff FreyBOARD MEMBER
Cliff is a software architect working in San Francisco. He helped grow Meraki, Inc from 5 employees to over 300.
Cliff is excited about helping technology to reach the places where it can have the greatest benefit.
Nat is the CEO of Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited, which provides micro-asset financing to thousands of rural Kenyan smallholder farmers. He led the transformation from a non-profit pilot program within KDA to a fully operational enterprise.
Nat is originally from the U.S. but has worked and traveled in over 40 countries. He is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation and has an MBA from Vanderbilt.
Eric co-founded One Acre Fund in Rwanda in 2007, which is doubling profitability for 130,000 East African farms. He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tourou, Cameroon, and has founded an NGO that improves water availability and quality.
Eric's social enterprise passion developed while at Georgetown University, studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal, and working in Mbale, Uganda. Eric is greatly indebted to his colleagues and professors in supporting all his endeavors.
Rich is a consultant to social enterprises and foundations. At Echoing Green from 2010 to 2015 he helped the organization triple in size, and designed, launched, and fundraised new Alumni, Climate, and Black Male Achievement programs.
Rich is a graduate of NYC public schools, Williams College and Harvard Business School. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Barrett Prinz is One Acre Fund’s Chief People Officer. One Acre Fund currently serves 130,000 families in Africa by helping them double farm income per acre. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Barrett was an attorney at Manhattan and Boston firms specializing in corporate, white collar defense and employment litigation matters.
Barrett graduated from the University of Vermont and received his law degree from Tulane Law School.