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D-Prize Challenge

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit and
For-Profit Entrepreneurs to End Poverty on a Mass Scale

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D-Prize

Deadline Date:

08/20/17 Midnight PT - Regular Submission Deadline

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International entrepreneurs representing any business model, including both nonprofits and for-profits, for creative interventions to end poverty on a mass scale. The funding will be used to launch a pilot of the proposed program in any region of the world where extreme poverty exists.

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that solves one of the following Distribution Challenges:

Girls Education

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?

Agriculture

Quality Seed Challenge:
Farmers who plant poor quality seeds suffer from low crop yields. High quality seeds that have been naturally bred to mature quicker, resist drought, and fight disease can double yields. Can you distribute improved seeds to farmers within sub-Saharan Africa?

Fertilizer Challenge:
The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

Improved Farm Practices Challenge:
The world has invented a number of effective planting techniques proven to increase crop yield. For instance, microdosing fertilizer is a cost-effective method for applying fertilizer and ensuring higher crop yield. Can you teach smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa effective planting techniques?

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, D-Prize wants to hear your plan to increase its distribution.

Energy

Solar Lamp Challenge:
600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa use kerosene lanterns to light their homes. 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?

Cook Stove Challenge:
3 billion people cook on traditional stoves, which cause chronic smoke exposure and are the cause of 4% percent of the global disease burden. A $13 modern stove provides cost savings and health benefits. Can you sell cook stoves and maintain long-term adoption rates?

Global Health

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?

Education

Flipped Classroom Challenge:
By 2030 Africa will need to fill an impossible 4.1 million teaching positions. “Flipped classrooms” and deskilled curriculum can be run by a facilitator, and reduce the need for expert teachers. Can you implement an effective curriculum to teach students in a resource-limited classroom?

Student Testing Challenge:
In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of children remain illiterate even after five years of school. Testing and public scorecards increase accountability in poor education systems. Can you launch an organization that tests student and school performance, and makes the information publicly available?

Governance and Infrastructure

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?

Custom

Proposal Your Own Challenge:
If you know of another proven intervention in need of greater distribution, D-Prize 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.

Who Should Apply:

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. D-Prize does not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.

Piloting Winning Ventures:

Besides direct funding, D-Prize can assist in helping your venture attract future funding if the pilot proves successful. D-Prize will also provide you access to the network of past winners, and will do its best to support you in other ways.

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.
Proposal Tips
-Be succinct. Successful proposals are objective and to the point. Orient your proposal towards an educated judge who is relatively knowledgeable with the key issues.
-Scale, impact, cost-effectiveness. Successful entrepreneurs will build a plausible case that their intervention is highly scalable, cost-effective, and will lead to enormous impact.
-Keep within scope. The most successful startups have a narrow focus and avoid spending resources on too many areas. A tightly scoped idea will perform best in this competition.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160904

Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

All winners will be awarded up to $20,000 in the form of a convertible grant.

The average D-Prize award size is $12,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

D-Prize is for aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background.

D-Prize will consider funding existing organizations only if: you are piloting a new distribution-focused initiative, and you need high risk capital.

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).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be written in English.

Round 1:

First Round proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, using the following deadlines. D-Prize strives to send decisions out within three weeks. Judges may request additional information via email before making a decision.

-Early decision deadline : July 30, 2017 at midnight PT (Pacific Time). Early decision proposals are more likely to advance to the next round, and will have additional time on for the full proposal.
-Regular deadline: August 20, 2017 at midnight PT.
-Extension deadline: September 10, 2017 at midnight PT. Extensions are limited to the first 200 people who register online.

Round 2:

Top entrepreneurs invited to participate in Round 2 will be asked to draft and submit a full plan of their venture, roughly 10 pages in length plus any desired appendices. The plan will include more details on operations, a budget, milestones, and other items. Participants will receive a Round 2 Proposal Packet with full instructions.

Those invited to the Second Round will have about four weeks to submit a plan.

Final Round:

Entrepreneurs invited to the Final Round will interview with judges over email and on the phone.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for an extension:
http://www.d-prize.org/extension

help@d-prize.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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