Deadline: October 14, 2018

Applications are open for the second D-Prize Global Competition for aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. 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.

D-Prize Challenges

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

Eligibility

  • 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). 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.

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 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Application

Select a challenge above and be prepared for the following deadlines:

  • The Global Competition launches on September 4th, 2018.
  • Early Submission Deadline: October 14th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
  • Regular Submission Deadline: November 4th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
  • Extension Deadline (limited to 400 people who register): November 25th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)

Proposal Instructions:

  • 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.
  • Input your contact details and upload your documents

Click here to submit.

For more information, visit D-Prize.

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