About D-Prize


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.


  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 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 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 Rwnada and has personally seen the power of technology 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.


may lim - 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 - 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.



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