The global D-Prize competition

Deadline: 12 May 2019
Open to: aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background
Benefits: all winners will be awarded up to USD 20,000


The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges below?

D-Prize Challenges









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.

You should 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.

If you are still a student or have existing commitments, you should have a clear idea of how to transition into a full-time founder.

D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale the distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. We do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.


D-Prize is also open to any business model (for-profit, non-profit, and everything in between). All winners will be awarded up to USD 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

How to apply?

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)

For more information, please visit the official web page.