D-Prize Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs ($20k Grant)

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Despite the world’s numerous efforts to end poverty, there’s still a large gaps and this is because Millions of people still don’t have access to basic poverty-fighting tools. The D-Prize Challenge want to reward entrepreneurs with solutions that will end poverty

Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch their new organization wherever extreme poverty exists.

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ROUND 1: Submit your concept note and resume(s). We receive 2000+ submissions per competition.

ROUND 2: Top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to answer short written questions. You will have two weeks to draft and submit.

FINAL ROUND: Top entrepreneurs interview via phone and email. The top 1% will receive up to $20,000 to launch.

LAUNCH: You will spend the next three months using your talent to start a venture that can grow and help millions of people.

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Eligibility Criteria

D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background. The majority of our awardees have not launched nor raised any funding.

We will consider funding existing organizations only if you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you have a need for high-risk capital that cannot be supported by your current donors or revenue.

Existing organizations applying to D-Prize should have operated for no more than 18 months and raised no more than $30,000 in outside funding.

We apologize, but at this time we are only able to evaluate applications submitted in English. However, your English does not need to be perfect to apply, and grammar and vocabulary errors will not be penalized. We only want to understand your idea.

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How to Apply:

Click here to apply for the D-Prize Challenge

Application Deadline: October 16, 2023

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