Organization skills

D-Prize: Win $2,000 to start a new organization fighting poverty through distribution

Deadline: October 16, 2022

Can you design a new business or NGO that offers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of the distribution challenges, D-Prize will reward the most promising teams with up to $20,000 to launch their new organization wherever extreme poverty exists.

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet they found many proven interventions with large delivery gaps. Millions of people still do not have access to the basic tools to fight poverty.

Prize D Challenges
  • Health
    • Self-injectable contraceptive challenge: Can you distribute a self-injectable contraceptive, Sayana Press, to underserved women through a private health network?
    • Oxygen Challenge: Can you develop a team of technicians to service and repair existing oxygen concentrators to improve access to medical oxygen?
    • Patient identification challenge: Can you develop a way to identify patients requiring treatment for obstetric fistula, cervical cancer, clubfoot or cataracts, and then link them to existing treatment services in your area ?
    • Maternal Health Challenge: Can you train birth attendants to administer misoprostol to prevent maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhage?
    • Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Challenge: Can you identify candidates for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and connect those who opt for existing health facilities to reduce the risk of contracting HIV?
    • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission challenge: Can you advise and motivate HIV-positive pregnant women to follow their antiretroviral treatment and thus prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child?
    • Childhood Immunization Challenge: Can you order caregivers to bring their infants to health facilities for routine vaccinations that would not otherwise take place?
    • Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge: Can you teach “sweet daddy awareness” to 8th grade classrooms to reduce unwanted teen pregnancies and HIV infections?
  • Water
    • Clean water access challenge: Can you sell ceramic water filters to people living in areas without access to safe drinking water?
  • Education
    • Teach at the right level Challenge: Can you teach basic reading and math skills to elementary students in a resource-limited classroom?
  • Agriculture
    • Quality Inputs Challenge: Can you provide smallholder farmers with high quality inputs and proven training to increase their harvests?
    • Post-harvest support challenge: Can you provide smallholder farmers with post-harvest loans and proven storage technology to increase their income?
    • Submit your own farming challenge: D-Prize is specifically interested in delivering proven agricultural interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, they want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution.
    • Submit your own breeding challenge: D-Prize wants to distribute proven livestock interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, they want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution.
  • Livelihoods
    • Graduation Poverty Challenge: Can you provide business coaching, capital and social support to lift people out of ultra-poverty?
    • Submit your own financial inclusion challenge: D-Prize is particularly interested in delivering proven financial inclusion interventions to those in need. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, they want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution.
  • Energy
    • Solar Lights Challenge: Can you sell pico solar lights to rural households or slums without regular access to electricity?
  • Public services
    • Open Government Challenge: Can you monitor and report data to reduce corruption and improve public service?
    • Road Safety Challenge: Can you reduce road deaths by engaging the public with a proven public transport safety campaign?
  • Custom
    • Submit your own challenge: D-Prize is particularly interested in delivering proven poverty interventions to those in need. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, they want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution.
Eligibility criteria
  • The D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs around the world, of all ages and backgrounds. The majority of their winners have not initiated or raised any funding.
  • They will only consider funding existing organizations if you are distributing an existing intervention and have a need for high-risk capital that cannot be supported by your current donors or income.
  • Existing organizations applying for the D-Prize must not have operated for more than 18 months and raised no more than $30,000 in outside funding.
  • They apologize, but at this time they can only assess applications submitted in English. However, your English does not need to be perfect to apply, and grammar and vocabulary errors will not be penalized. They just want to understand your idea.

For more information, visit https://d-prize.org/