D-Prize Competition

The D-Prize Competition 2018 for Young Social Entrepreneurs

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?

D-Prize expands access to poverty-alleviation interventions in the developing world by funding new entrepreneurs who increase access to the proven poverty interventions. D-Prize encourages young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems, and launch new social ventures.

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

If selected they will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.


  1. D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.
  2. They will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high-risk capital.
  3. 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 grant.
  4. Up to 25 of the most promising proposals will be selected for funding awards, regardless of which challenge track was selected.

Judging Criteria

The D-Prize judging panel is composed of individuals with professional experience distributing life-changing technologies in the developing world. Contestants are evaluated based on:

  • Passion and potential for a 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.


  • Proposals must be submitted following the instructions in this packet.
  • Extra material outside of the proposal will not be considered.
  • Revisions to proposals after submission will also not be considered.
  • Only one proposal per person or partnership will be considered.
  • Proposals must be written in English.

How to Submit

Prepare your concept note and resume(s), and clearly name your files. Concept notes and resumes can be separate documents. Files must be PDF and are limited to a size of 4MB each.

Click here to submit

Proposals wanting an early decision are due by October 14th at midnight PT (Pacific Time). The regular deadline is November 4th at midnight PT.

All extension deadline applications are due by November 25th at midnight PT. 


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