D-Prize Challenge 2017 Prize for Social Entrepreneurs to fight Poverty ($USD 20,000)

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 you will be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

D-Prize Challenges

  • Energy
  • Global Health
  • Education
  • Governance and Infrastructure
  • Custom

Eligibility Requirements:

  • D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.
  • D-Prize will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.
  • D-Prize is also open to any business model (for profit, non-profit, and everything in between).
  • All winners will be awarded up to $20,000. The award is offered in the form of a convertible
  • Up to 25 of the most promising proposals will be selected for funding awards, regardless of
    which challenge track was selected.
Who Should Apply?
  • You should have enormous ambition, and can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You are ready to launch your new venture, and – if a pilot proves successful – you are excited to grow it into a world changing organization.
  • If you are still a student or have existing commitments, you should have a clear idea how to transition into a full-time founder.
  • D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world.



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


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


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


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

How to Apply:

Proposal Instructions
● Prepare your concept note and resume, and clearly name your files. Files must be PDF
and are limited to a size of 4MB each.
● Input your contact details and upload your documents to www.d-prize.org/submit
Email the D-Prize team at help@d-prize.org
​ deadline for application September 10th 2017

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