D-Prize Challenges for Social Entrepreneurs 2021 [Prizes Upto ₹15L]: Apply by Jun 6: Expired

D-Prize invites applications for its various challenges for Social Entrepreneurs for the year 2021. Prizes are up to ₹15L.


Applications are now invited from young and creative social entrepreneurs for the D-Prize Challenge 2021. The D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty interventions.

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet millions of people still don’t have access. The D-Prize aims to award the most promising teams to launch a pilot version of your new organization where extreme poverty exists.

Challenge Topics
  • Health Access: Under this, we have multiple challenges such as Self-Injectable Contraceptive Challenge, Oxygen Challenge, Patient Identification Challenge, Maternal Health Challenge, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Challenge, Prevention Of Mother-To-Child Transmission Challenge, Child Immunisation Challenge, Sugar Daddy Awareness Challenge.
  • Clean Water: Can you install and promote community chlorine dispensers to increase access to clean water?
  • Education: Can you teach basic reading and mathematics skills to primary school students in a resource-limited classroom?
  • Agriculture: Can you provide smallholder farmers high-quality inputs and training proven to increase their harvests? Can you provide smallholder farmers post-harvest loans and storage technology proven to increase their incomes? We have multiple challenges under Agriculture as well.
  • Livelihoods: Can you provide business coaching, capital, and social support to lift people out of ultra poverty?
  • Energy: Can you sell pico solar lamps to rural or slum-dwelling households without regular access to electricity?
  • Public Services: Public services in developing countries are rife with corruption. Public reporting and scorecards create real accountability. Can you monitor and report data to reduce corruption and improve public service?
  • Custom: Propose 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.

Read more: Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition 2021 by Entrepreneurship Campus: Apply by Sep 30

  • 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.
  • Round 1: Submit your concept note and resume(s). D-Prize generally receives 1700 submissions per competition.
  • Round 2:Top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to submit a full proposal. You will have two weeks to draft and submit.
  • Final Round:Top entrepreneurs interview via phone and email.  The top 1% will receive up to $20,000 to launch.
  • Launch: You will spend the next three months using your talent to start a venture that can grow and help millions of people.
How to Apply?

To apply online for anyone of the above challenges, click here.

Important Dates
  • The Global Competition launches on April 5, 2021.
  • Early Submission Deadline: May 16, 2021 at midnight PT (pacific time)
  • Regular Submission Deadline: June 6, 2021 at midnight PT (pacific time)
  • Extension Deadline (limited to 200 people who register): June 27, 2021 at midnight PT (pacific time)

The most promising teams will be awarded up to 20,000 USD (15L INR) to launch a pilot version of their new organisation wherever extreme poverty exists.


Email: help[at]d-prize.org.

For further details, click here.

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