D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase
access to proven poverty interventions.

 

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business 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 any region where extreme poverty exists. 

 

D-Prize Challenges

(click category below to see challenges)

+ GIRL'S EDUCATION

Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge:

14 million unintended teen pregnancies occur annually in sub-Saharan Africa, and girls are 5x more likely to be infected with HIV. A one-hour “sugar daddy awareness” class reduces these risks 28%. Can you teach “sugar daddy awareness” classes to girls in need?

Download the Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge

+ AGRICULTURE

Quality Seed Challenge:

Farmers who plant poor quality seeds suffer from low crop yields. High quality seeds that have been naturally bred to mature quicker, resist drought, and fight disease can double yields. Can you distribute improved seeds to farmers within sub-Saharan Africa?

Download the Quality Seed Challenge

Fertilizer Challenge:

The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

Download the Fertilizer Challenge

Improved Farm Practices Challenge:

The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

Download the Improved Farm Practices Challenge

Custom Agriculture Challenge:

D-Prize is specifically interested in distributing proven agriculture interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly-effective intervention that is backed by credible evidence, we want to hear your plan to increase its distribution.

Download the Custom Agriculture Challenge

+ Energy

Solar Lamp Challenge:

600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa use kerosene lanterns to light their homes. Solar lamps are cheaper, cleaner, create cost savings, and increase household incomes by 30%. Can you sell solar lights to rural or slum-dwelling households in need?

Download the Solar Lamp Challenge

Cook Stove Challenge:

3 billion people cook on traditional stoves, which cause chronic smoke exposure and are the cause of 4% percent of the global disease burden. A $13 modern stove provides cost savings and health benefits. Can you sell cook stoves and maintain long-term adoption rates?

Download the Cook Stove Challenge

+ Global Health

Patient Identification Challenge:

Obstetric fistula, cervical cancer, club foot, and cataracts all have effective treatments. Yet identifying patients among large populations is difficult. Can you create a way to identify patients and connect them to early treatment solutions?

Download the Patient Identification Challenge

Maternal Health Challenge:

Misoprostol is a $3 drug that could prevent 100,000 maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhaging. Can you develop an organization to train birth attendants to administer misoprostol?

Download the Maternal Health Challenge

+ Education

Flipped Classroom Challenge:

By 2030 Africa will need to fill an impossible 4.1 million teaching positions. “Flipped classrooms” and deskilled curriculum can be run by a facilitator, and reduce the need for expert teachers. Can you implement an effective curriculum to teach students in a resource-limited classroom?

Download the Flipped Classroom Challenge

Student Testing Challenge:

In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of children remain illiterate even after five years of school. Testing and public scorecards increase accountability in poor education systems. Can you launch an organization that tests student and school performance, and makes the information publicly available?

Download the Student Testing Challenge

+ Governance and Infrastructure

Transparency Challenge:

Public services in developing countries are rife with corruption. Public reporting and scorecards creates real accountability. Can you improve transparency and report data on the public service performance?

Download the Transparency Challenge

+ Custom

Propose your own challenge:

Propose your own challenge! If you know of another proven intervention in need of greater distribution, we would like to hear it. The only requirements are to choose an already proven poverty solution that is in need of distribution to more people in the developing world.

Download the Custom Challenge


Apply

ELIGIBILITY

D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.

We will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.

 

TIMELINE

ROUND 1

Submit your concept note and resume(s). There is an early, regular, and limited extended deadline.

ROUND 2

Top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to submit a full 10 page proposal. You will have  four weeks to submit. 

FINAL ROUND

Top entrepreneurs interview.  Winners will receive up to $20,000 to launch. Final decisions expected by December.

LAUNCH

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


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