D-PRIZE GLOBAL COMPETITION IS LIVE
D-Prize increases access to poverty alleviation interventions in the developing world. Numerous solutions to poverty are in existence. The challenge is allocating these solutions to the people who need it most. The programs yield new distribution entrepreneurs- social entrepreneurs who start new ventures that allot proven life-enhancing technologies to millions of people living in life-threatening poverty.
Their Goals are;
. Significantly increase access to life changing technologies in the developing world and prove an impact in a measurable way.
. Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems and launch new social ventures
. Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. Believing the path to development is through solving distribution.
D-Prize is also open to any business type (for-profit, non-profit, and all in between). All front-runners will be awarded up to USD 20,000. The award is presented in the form of a convertible grant. Up to 25 of the most talented proposals will be selected for funding awards, irrespective of which challenge track was selected. 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 Challenges are in the following category;
1. Girls’ education
4. Global health
6. Governance and infrastructure
Contestants are assessed 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.
D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.
They will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.
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. They do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.
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).
The Program Submission Policies
- Proposals must be submitted following the instructions in this packet.
- Extra material outside of the proposal will not be considered.
- Revisions to proposals after submission will also not be considered.
- Only one proposal per person or partnership will be considered.
- Proposals must be written in English.
How to apply
Please prepare a concept note which respond to the following prompts:
. How does your new organization or venture idea improve distribution of your selected intervention?
. What is the expected impact of your work?
. Who is your team?
Note: Concept notes are limited to two pages.
Please include a resume for each person on your team, limited to one page per person.
Note: Resumes should highlight the most relevant past leadership roles and accomplishments.
Input your contact details and upload your documents.
Note: Files must be PDF and are limited to a size of 4MB each. Concept notes and resumes can be separate documents.
This year’s challenge plan has been planned thus;
Chlorine dispenser challenge:
400 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to improved water. Chlorine dispensers at community water sources treat water and lower the occurrence of waterborne disease like diarrhea. Can you distribute community chlorine dispensers and teach people to use them?
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?
Quality inputs challenge:
Increasing the productivity of sub-Saharan African smallholder farms has potential to lift millions of people out of extreme poverty. High quality seeds and micro dosing of fertilizer are cost-effective ways to ensure higher crop yield. Can you distribute a bundle of proven agricultural inputs and teach farmers to use them to grow more?
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.
Solar lamp challenge:
600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa use kerosene lanterns to light their homes. Pico 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?
Self-injectable contraceptive challenge:
Over 200M women globally lack access to family planning products. Sayana® Press is a self-injectable contraceptive in a single-use package. Since the product is simple enough for 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 distribute Sayana® Press to underserved women through a private health network?
Half the world lacks access to medical oxygen – a basic and critical treatment for numerous ailments. Oxygen concentrators are machines that produce medical oxygen in low-resource settings and are being distributed at a large scale – yet without maintenance, many will soon be at risk of breaking down. Can you develop a team of technicians to service existing oxygen concentrators?
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?
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?
Voluntary medical male circumcision 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?
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission 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?
Child 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?
Teaching at the right level challenge:
In many resource-limited countries over 50% of Grade 2 students are unable to read a single word of a short text or perform two-digit subtraction. Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is an education program that tailors instruction to the learning level of the child, rather than their age. The result is that basic literacy and numeracy are achieved by students before they finish primary school. Can you implement an effective TaRL program to teach students in a resource-limited classroom?
Governance and infrastructure
Government 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?
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.
Select a challenge above and be prepared for the following deadlines:
. The Global Competition launches on September 8th, 2020.
. Early Submission Deadline: October 18th, 2020 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
. Regular Submission Deadline: November 8th, 2020 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
. Extension Deadline (limited to 200 people who register): November 29th, 2020 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)
. Organize your concept note and resume(s), and clearly name your files. Concept notes and resumes can be separate documents. Files must be PDF and are limited to a size of 4MB each.
. Input your contact details and upload your documents.
. The deadline of Dprize challenge 2020 is 10th December 2020.