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Global D-Prize Competition

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit and
For-Profit Entrepreneurs to End Poverty on a Mass Scale

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

11/10/19 Midnight PT - Regular Submission Deadline


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International entrepreneurs representing any business model, including both nonprofits and for-profits, for creative interventions to end poverty on a mass scale. Funding is intended to launch a pilot of the proposed program in any region of the world where extreme poverty exists.

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that solves a distribution-focused initiative in the following areas:

  • Girls' Education: Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge
  • Agriculture:  Quality Seed Challenge, Fertilizer Challenge, Improved Farm Practices Challenge, Custom Agriculture Challenge
  • Energy: Solar Lamp Challenge and Cook Stove Challenge
  • Global Health: Patient Identification Challenge, Maternal Health Challenge, VMMC Challenge, PMTCT Challenge, Sayana Press Challenge, and the Immunization Challenge
  • Education: Flipped Classroom Challenge, Student Testing Challenge
  • Governance and Infrastructure: Transparency Challenge
  • Custom: Propose Your Own Challenge: If you know of another proven intervention in need of greater distribution, D-Prize would like to hear it. The only requirements are to choose an already proven poverty solution that is in need of distribution to more people in the developing world.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160904

Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

All winners will be awarded up to $20,000 in the form of a convertible grant. The average D-Prize award size is $12,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.

Apply if you have enormous ambition, and can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You are ready to launch your new venture, and - if a pilot proves successful – you are excited to grow it into a world changing organization. D-Prize is also open to any business model (for profit, non-profit, and everything in between).

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Select a challenge above. The Global Competition launches on September 9, 2019.

- Early Submission Deadline: October 20, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time)
- Regular Submission Deadline: November 10, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time)
- Extension Deadline (limited to 200 people who register): December 1, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time).
- 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.
- Launch: Spend the next three months using your talent to start a venture and help millions of people

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.