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2017 D-Prize Innovation program for Poverty Intervention in Developing Countries

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Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges below? Then D-prize innovation  challenge is for you. Eligible persons are encourage to apply now.

About the Award: D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions. D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. We do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.

D-Prize Challenges :

  • GIRL’S EDUCATION
  • AGRICULTURE
  • ENERGY
  • GLOBAL HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
  • GOVERNANCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • CUSTOM

Application Deadlines: 

  • Early decision round: 30th July, 2017 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
  • Regular submission deadline: 20th August, 2017 at midnight PT
  • Extension deadline (limited to 200 people who register): 10th September, 2017

Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility: 

  • 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.
  • D-Prize is also open to any business model (for profit, non-profit, and everything in between).

Selection Criteria: 

  • 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 how to transition into a full-time founder.
  • D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. We do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.

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.

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

Value of Award: All winners will be awarded up to $20,000. The award is offered in the form of a convertible grant

How to Apply: It is important to read the application instructions on the Program Webpage (see link below) before applying

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: D-Prize

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