D-Prize Innovation Challenge

D-Prize Innovation Challenge for Poverty Intervention in Developing Countries 2018

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?

Application Deadlines: 

  • Early decision round: 2nd April, 2018 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
  • Regular submission deadline: 23rd April, 2018 at midnight PT
  • Extension deadline (limited to 200 people who register): 14th May, 2018

About the Award: D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions. D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. We do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.

D-Prize Challenges :


Type: Entrepreneurship


  • 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.

Selection Criteria: 

  • 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. We do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.

The D-Prize judging panel is composed of individuals with professional experience distributing life-changing technologies in the developing world.

Evaluation Criteria: Contestants are evaluated based on:

  • Passion and potential for candidate’s success, as evident by their academic and professional background, relevant skills, and quick leadership trajectory.
  • Focus on distribution. Proposals must focus on distributing a proven poverty solution that needs greater access in the developing world.
  • Potential for scale, based on the organizational model proposed in the concept note and the entrepreneur’s desire to commit and grow.

Number of Awards: Up to 25 of the most promising proposals will be selected for funding awards, regardless of which challenge track was selected.

Value of Award: All winners will be awarded up to $20,000. The award is offered in the form of a convertible grant

How to Apply: It is important to read the application instructions on the Program Webpage (see link below) before applying.

Final decisions expected by December.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: D-Prize


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