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.

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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.


  • 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.

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.

How to Apply?

  • To apply online for anyone of the above challenges, click here.
  • For the Official Notification,Click HERE


  • Email: help[at]d-prize.org