D-Prize Challenge 2016 ($USD 20,000) Prize for Social Entrepreneurs to fight Poverty

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.

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The D-prize is inviting applicants who can design a new social enterprise and solve the challenges mentioned below.

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. D-Prize tackles 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.

The vision of D-Prize is to provide support for talented people who want to pilot new social ventures and hop many of the pilots they fund will eventually grow to employ large numbers of field workers who are distributing poverty solutions throughout the world.


  • 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. They believe the path to development is through solving distribution.


  • Girl’s education
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Governance and Infrastructure
  • Global Health
  • Custom

Eligibility Criteria

  • D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and of any background.
  • Applicant must be an ambitious leader ready to grow your company/NGO for years to come.
  • D-Prize will consider funding existing organizations. However it is only a fit if: an applicant is piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and he/she needs high-risk capital.
  • The Prize will need to understand why applicant funding cannot come from somewhere else.



Submit a resume and concept note by Dec 15 (early deadline), Dec 29 (regular deadline), or Jan 8 (limited extension). Early submissions encouraged.


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.


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

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

Note: The application submission has an early deadline of 15 December 2016, a regular deadline of 29 December 2016 and an extended deadline of 8 January, 2017.

Click here to apply for the 2016 D-Prize

Application Deadline: 8th January 2017

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