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D-Prize Global Competition 2018

Applications are open for the second D-Prize Global Competition of 2018D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions.

Many solutions to poverty already exist. The challenge is distributing these solutions to the people who need it most. D-Prize programs produce new “distribution entrepreneurs” – social entrepreneurs who start new ventures that distribute proven life-enhancing technologies to millions of people living in extreme poverty.

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

D-Prize Challenges

  • Girls’ Education
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Global Health
  • Education
  • Governance and Infrastructure
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  1. Significantly increase access to life-enhancing technologies in the developing world – and prove an impact in a measurable way.
  2. Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems, and launch new social ventures.
  3. Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. D-Prize believes the path to development is through solving distribution.



If selected, you will receive 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.

D-Prize will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.


  • The Global Competition launched 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)


Read the instructions to apply here.


Application Process