2019 D-Prize Global Competition for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

Deadline: May 12, 2019.

Are you ready? The first D-Prize Global Competition of 2019 is LIVE and accepting applications from aspiring social entrepreneurs around the world! Join us and our growing community of 120 Distribution Entrepreneurs.

Do you know amazing problem solvers or aspiring entrepreneurs that could get their start and go on to impact thousands of lives with a D-Prize? Help us spread the word and support the growing ecosystem of social entrepreneurs by sharing via whatsapp or social media with the text below




SUGAR DADDY AWARENESS CHALLENGE: 14 million unintended teen pregnancies occur annually in sub-Saharan Africa, and girls are 5x more likely to be infected with HIV. A one-hour “sugar daddy awareness” class reduces these risks 28%. Can you teach “sugar daddy awareness” classes to girls in need?

Download the Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge


QUALITY SEED CHALLENGE:Farmers who plant poor quality seeds suffer from low crop yields. High quality seeds that have been naturally bred to mature quicker, resist drought, and fight disease can double yields. Can you distribute improved seeds to farmers within sub-Saharan Africa?

Download the Quality Seed Challenge

FERTILIZER CHALLENGE: The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

Download the Fertilizer Challenge

IMPROVED FARM PRACTICES CHALLENGE: The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

Download the Improved Farm Practices Challenge

CUSTOM AGRICULTURE CHALLENGE:D-Prize is specifically interested in distributing proven agriculture interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly-effective intervention that is backed by credible evidence, we want to hear your plan to increase its distribution.

Download the Custom Agriculture Challenge


SOLAR LAMP CHALLENGE:600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa use kerosene lanterns to light their homes. Solar lamps are cheaper, cleaner, create cost savings, and increase household incomes by 30%. Can you sell solar lights to rural or slum-dwelling households in need?

Download the Solar Lamp Challenge

COOK STOVE CHALLENGE:3 billion people cook on traditional stoves, which cause chronic smoke exposure and are the cause of 4% percent of the global disease burden. A $13 modern stove provides cost savings and health benefits. Can you sell cook stoves and maintain long-term adoption rates?

Download the Cook Stove Challenge



PATIENT IDENTIFICATION CHALLENGE: Obstetric fistula, cervical cancer, club foot, and cataracts all have effective treatments. Yet identifying patients among large populations is difficult. Can you create a way to identify patients and connect them to early treatment solutions?

Download the Patient Identification Challenge

MATERNAL HEALTH CHALLENGE: Misoprostol is a $3 drug that could prevent 100,000 maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhaging. Can you develop an organization to train birth attendants to administer misoprostol?

Download the Maternal Health Challenge

VMMC CHALLENGE: The incidence of new HIV infections in many countries in Eastern and Southern Africa remains high. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) can substantially reduce the risk of HIV acquisition for men, and can also reduce the risk of transmission of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) to the men’s partners. Can you develop an organization to identify candidates for VMMC and connect them to health facilities?

Download the VMMC Challenge

PMTCT CHALLENGE: HIV can be transmitted from pregnant women to their infants. A short round of antiretroviral therapy (ART) can substantially reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission. Can you prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV by helping HIV-positive pregnant women adhere to an ART regimen?

Download the PMTCT Challenge

SAYANA® PRESS CHALLENGE: Many women in developing countries have an unmet need for contraception. Sayana® Press is an injectable contraceptive in a single-use package. Since the product is simple enough for community health workers or recipients themselves to administer, it may be particularly valuable for women who prefer injectable contraceptives but do not have regular access to health facilities. Can you train health providers on how to administer Sayana® Press?

Download the Sayana® Press Challenge

IMMUNIZATION CHALLENGE:Millions of infants in developing countries do not receive the routine immunizations recommended by the World Health Organization. Increased immunization rates in low-coverage areas could prevent a large number of childhood deaths from preventable diseases. Can you direct 500 caregivers (parents or other guardians) to bring their infants to health facilities for routine immunizations that otherwise would not occur?

Download the Immunization Challenge



FLIPPED CLASSROOM CHALLENGE: By 2030 Africa will need to fill an impossible 4.1 million teaching positions. “Flipped classrooms” and deskilled curriculum can be run by a facilitator, and reduce the need for expert teachers. Can you implement an effective curriculum to teach students in a resource-limited classroom?

Download the Flipped Classroom Challenge

STUDENT TESTING CHALLENGE:In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of children remain illiterate even after five years of school. Testing and public scorecards increase accountability in poor education systems. Can you launch an organization that tests student and school performance, and makes the information publicly available?

Download the Student Testing Challenge



TRANSPARENCY CHALLENGE: Public services in developing countries are rife with corruption. Public reporting and scorecards creates real accountability. Can you improve transparency and report data on the public service performance?

Download the Transparency Challenge



PROPOSE YOUR OWN CHALLENGE: Propose your own challenge! If you know of another proven intervention in need of greater distribution, we 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.

Download the Custom Challenge



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

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

3. Focused on distributing a proven poverty intervention in the fields of education, girls’ education, agriculture, energy, global health, and governance and infrastructure (see our challenges for more details)

4. At the idea stage for starting a distribution venture or leading an organization (with a distribution component) that is less than 2 years old and has raised less than $30,000

5. Prepared to launch a 3 month pilot with a long-term vision for scale and ready to have at least one founder working on the pilot full-time



They will award teams with up to $20,000 each to launch nonprofits or social ventures that can distribute proven poverty interventions to thousands, maybe even millions of people.



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

  • The Global Competition launches on March 31st, 2019.
  • Early Submission Deadline: May 12th, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time)
  • Regular Submission Deadline: June 2nd, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time)
  • Extension Deadline (limited to 400 people who register): June 23rd, 2019 at midnight PT (pacific time)





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