Applications are hereby invited from suitable candidates for D-Prize Global Competition for Social Entrepreneurs 2018. D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions. Are you ready to launch a pilot social venture that will impact thousands, even millions, of lives? Apply and make your mark in global health, governance, and infrastructure, clean energy, or education.
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?
- + GIRL’S EDUCATION
- + AGRICULTURE
- + ENERGY
- + GLOBAL HEALTH
- + EDUCATION
- + GOVERNANCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
- + CUSTOM
If selected we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.
- D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.
- They 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)
- Up to 25 of the most promising proposals will be selected for funding awards, regardless of which challenge track was selected.
- 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.
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 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.
- ROUND 1: Submit your concept note and resume(s).
- April 2 – Early deadline
- April 23 – Regular deadline
- May 14 – Extension deadline (sign up required)
- ROUND 2: Top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to submit a full 10 page proposal. You will have four weeks to submit.
- FINAL ROUND: 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.
For more information, visit D-Prize.