D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who distribute proven poverty interventions. About three days ago, D-Prize officially rolled out this application to help fund innovative ideas to eradicate poverty. Do you have concepts on how to solve some problems around health access, education in underserved communities, clean water, agriculture, livelihood, energy, public service or any other sector that can help reduce poverty? If yes, this article will explain how you can apply for this opportunity and receive $20,000 to fund your idea.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet, we have found dozens of proven interventions with significant delivery gaps. Millions of people still don't have access, and millions are still deep in the mire of poverty.
Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? If yes, please submit your idea to build a new organization and solve one of the D-Prize' Distribution Challenges below. D-Prize will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch wherever extreme poverty exists.
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Here are the details of challenges you are expected to come up with solutions to address:
- Self-Injectable Contraceptive Challenge: Can you distribute a self-injectable contraceptive, Sayana® Press, to underserved women through a private health network? Download the Self-Injectable Contraceptive Challenge
- Oxygen Challenge: Can you develop a team of technicians to service and repair existing oxygen concentrators to improve access to medical oxygen? Download the Oxygen Challenge
- Patient Identification Challenge: Can you develop a way to identify patients needing treatment for either obstetric fistula, cervical cancer, club foot, or cataracts, then connect them with existing treatment services in your area? Download the Patient Identification Challenge
- Maternal Health Challenge: Can you train birth attendants to administer misoprostol to prevent maternal deaths from postpartum haemorrhaging? Download the Maternal Health Challenge
- Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Challenge: Can you identify candidates for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and connect those that opt into existing health facilities to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition? Download the VMMC Challenge
- Prevention Of Mother-To-Child Transmission Challenge: Can you counsel and motivate HIV-positive pregnant women to adhere to their ART regimen and thus prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission? Download the PMTCT Challenge
- Child Immunization Challenge: Can you direct caregivers to bring their infants to health facilities for routine immunizations that would otherwise not occur? Download the Immunizations Challenge
- Child Immunization Challenge: Can you teach "sugar daddy awareness" to 8th-grade classes to reduce unwanted teen pregnancies and HIV infections? Download the Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge
- Chlorine Dispenser Challenge: Can you install and promote community chlorine dispensers to increase access to clean water? Download the Chlorine Dispenser Challenge
- Teaching At The Right Level Challenge: Can you teach primary school students basic reading and mathematics skills in a resource-limited classroom? Download the Teaching at the Right Level Challenge
- Quality Inputs Challenge: Can you provide smallholder farmers high-quality inputs and training proven to increase their harvests? Download the Quality Inputs Challenge
- Post-Harvest Support Challenge: Can you provide smallholder farmers with post-harvest loans and storage technology proven to increase their incomes? Download the Post-Harvest Support Challenge
- Propose Your Own Agriculture Challenge: D-Prize is specifically interested in distributing proven agriculture interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, we want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution. Download the Custom Agriculture Challenge
- Propose Your Own Livestock Challenge: D-Prize is interested in distributing proven livestock interventions to smallholder farmers. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, we want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution. Download the Custom Livestock Challenge
- Poverty Graduation Challenge: Can you provide business coaching, capital, and social support to lift people out of ultra-poverty? Download the Poverty Graduation Challenge
- Propose Your Own Financial Inclusion Challenge: D-Prize is specifically interested in distributing proven financial inclusion interventions to those in need. If you know of a highly effective intervention backed by credible evidence, we want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution. Download the Custom Financial Inclusion Challenge
- Solar Lamp Challenge: Can you sell pico solar lamps to rural or slum-dwelling households without regular access to electricity?Download the Solar Lamp Challenge
- Government Transparency Challenge: Can you monitor and report data to reduce corruption and improve public service? Download the Government Transparency Challenge
- Road Safety Challenge: Can you reduce road fatalities by mobilizing the public with a proven public transportation safety campaign? Download the Road Safety Challenge
- Propose Your Challenge: D-Prize is specifically interested in distributing proven poverty interventions to those in need. If you know of a highly effective intervention that is backed by credible evidence, we want to hear what it is and see your plan to increase its distribution. Download the Custom Challenge
- The Global Competition launches on September 7, 2021.
- Early Submission Deadline: October 17, 2021, at midnight PT (pacific time)
- Regular Submission Deadline: November 7, 2021, at midnight PT (pacific time)
- Extension Deadline (limited to 200 people who register): November 28, 2021, at midnight PT (pacific time)
Submit your concept note and resume(s). We generally receive 1700 submissions per competition.
The top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to submit a full proposal. You will have two weeks to draft and submit.
Top entrepreneurs interview via phone and email. The top 1% will receive up to $20,000 to launch.
You will spend the next three months using your talent to start a venture that can grow and help millions of people.
- D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.
- The majority of awardees have not launched nor raised any funding.
- D-Prize will only consider funding existing organizations if you pilot a new distribution-focused initiative and require high-risk capital that your current donors or revenue cannot support.
- Existing organizations applying to D-Prize should have operated for 18 months and raised no more than $30,000 in outside funding.
- At this time, D-Prize is only able to evaluate applications submitted in English. However, your English does not need to be perfect to apply, and grammar and vocabulary errors will not be penalized. D-Prize only wants to understand your idea.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, you have to visit the D-Prize Application Packet Website and ensure you read everything in that document. If you fail to read well, you may end up making serious mistakes. On the last page of the document (under the "Ready to Apply" sub-heading), you will find the link to the application portal.