Grants for New Entrepreneurs and NGOs Working in Poverty Alleviation

Grants for New Entrepreneurs and NGOs Working in Poverty Alleviation

Grants for New Entrepreneurs and NGOs Working in Poverty Alleviation

Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges?

If yes, then apply for the D-Prize.

Applications are open for the D-Prize to recognise 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.

D-Prize Challenges

Girls' Education

  • Sugar daddy awareness challenge


  • Quality seed challenge
  • Fertilizer challenge
  • Improved farm practices challenge
  • Custom agriculture challenge


  • Solar lamp challenge
  • Cook stove challenge

    Global Health

  • Patient identification challenge
  • Maternal health challenge
  • VMMC challenge
  • PMTCT challenge
  • Sayana® PRESS challenge
  • Immunization challenge


  • Flipped classroom challenge
  • Student testing challenge

    Governance and Infrastructure

  • Transparency challenge


  • Propose your own challenge

    Prize Information

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

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

    Eligibility Criteria

  • D-Prize challenges are open to anyone or any teams. The sole restriction is that individuals and their immediate family on the judging panel may not participate as a contestant.
  • D-Prize is also open to any business model (for profit, non-profit, and everything in between).
  • Applicants should have enormous ambition, and can imagine their selves as a successful entrepreneur.
  • Applicants are ready to launch their new venture, and - if a pilot proves successful – applicant are excited to grow it into a world changing organization.
  • If applicants are still a student or have existing commitments, applicants 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.
  • Prototypes of promising new interventions are not funded.

    Evaluation Process

  • Round 1: Submit the concept note and resume(s).
  • Round 2: Top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to submit a full 10 page proposal. Applicant will have four weeks to submit.

  • Final Round: Top entrepreneurs interview. Winners will receive up to $20,000 to launch.
  • Launch: Spend the next three months using applicants talent to start a venture and help millions of people.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

    Submission Policies:

  • 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.

    Apply by 20th October.

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