About D-Prize

mission

D-Prize expands access to poverty-alleviation interventions in the developing world.

Many solutions to poverty already exist. The challenge is distributing these solutions to the people who need it most. Our programs produce new "distribution entrepreneurs" - social entrepreneurs who start new ventures that distribute proven life-enhancing technologies to millions of people living in extreme poverty.

goals

  1. Significantly increase access to life-enhancing technologies in the developing world – and prove an impact in a measurable way.
  2. Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems, and launch new social ventures.
  3. Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. We believe the path to development is through solving distribution.

Leadership team

Nicholas fusso, co-founder and program director

Nicholas manages D-Prize in San Francisco. His background is in strategy and systems thinking. He attended the University of Washington, and earned an MBA from Claremont. Nicholas sees entrepreneurship as the best way to solve long-lasting bottlenecks in international development.
@NickoFusso

 

andrew youn, co-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 over 445,000 families. Andrew lives in rural Rwanda and has personally seen the power of distribution to transform the lives of hard-working families.

 

paul youn, co-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.

 

Sydney Skov, Competition Manager

Sydney runs competition operations for D-Prize. She has worked with human-rights focused organizations in countries around the world. She attended New York University, and earned an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Sydney is constantly inspired by people working for positive change in their communities. 
 

may lim, FOUNDING board member

May lives in San Francisco, where she is raising her daughter and son. 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 freY, FOUNDING board 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.

 

EVALUATION TEAM

NEIL 

Neil works for a nonprofit organization in California, and has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for four years. He is most inspired by entrepreneurs doing strong work in the energy and global health sectors. He thinks successful proposals demonstrate a clear understanding of the problem along with knowledge of the local environment.

 

NAT 

Nat started and managed a successful social business that provides financing to rural smallholder farmers in East Africa. He has been involved with D-Prize since 2013. He is most inspired by entrepreneurs that have a strong vision for scale, even when at the earliest phase.

 

JESSE 

Jesse works at a growing nonprofit organization in East Africa, focused on agriculture work. He has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for two years. He thinks the most successful proposals are ones that match proven interventions with a local context.

 

RAPH 

Raph is an engineering lead at Lob, and previously was an early employee at Air BNB in California. He has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for two years. He is most inspired by entrepreneurs who can design simple solutions to problems that look complex. 

 

SOPHIE

Sophie is a manager for county government in California, and has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for four years. She is most inspired by entrepreneurs with a vision to scale their solutions. She thinks successful proposals combine creativity with respect for evidence.  

 

Allison

Allison works on energy access, and has been involved with D-Prize for the past three years. She is passionate about distributing energy solutions to those who need it most. She thinks successful proposals focus first on implementation and execution, rather than on fancy products. 

 


Contact

hello@d-prize.org

981 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


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