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Join us in sowing the seeds for new organisations to scale proven solutions for poverty. Will you be the next one?

by Rafiat Damilola Ogunyemi
Join us in sowing the seeds for new organisations to scale proven solutions for poverty. Will you be the next one?
  • We support entrepreneurs and organisations in scaling proven solutions to address poverty, promoting sustainable social impact and positive change.
  • We focus on replicating and expanding successful initiatives, rather than reinventing the wheel, to maximise impact and reach more communities in need.
  • We offer startup grants of up to $20,000, along with mentorship and guidance, to help new organisations launch and grow their poverty-fighting initiatives.
  • By partnering with us, you’ll become part of a global network of social impact organisations, accessing resources, expertise, and support to amplify your impact and create a brighter future for all.

An exciting opportunity in agricultural technology has emerged, allowing innovative organisations to distribute effective solutions for poverty and expand their impact. This development promises to change how we address global poverty by using agricultural technology to create meaningful change.

How to Apply

We award startup grants of up to $20,000 to entrepreneurs launching new organizations. We believe the world needs more social impact organisations, and we seed for-profit ventures, NGOs, and charities. We support organisations in any low- or middle-income country where extreme poverty still exists.

“We believe that social impact organisations are in a unique position to distribute existing products or services that have been proven to improve lives in areas where there is still a need. Please review the D-Prize Challenges below and choose one of the high-impact products or services that require greater global access.”

“Our seed support is designed to help your organisation get started and grow into something larger. Follow our Application Process to create an initial test pilot of your bigger vision, and submit your concept to our semiannual competition. If your idea is chosen, you will receive seed support to help you launch.”

Application Process


D-Prize is an excellent opportunity aimed at providing support to new organisations, with a strong emphasis on helping first-time entrepreneurs who have yet to launch their organisations or raise funding. We particularly encourage individuals from low- and middle-income countries to apply. To view the impactful initiatives we have recently supported, please visit our website.

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We will only consider applications from existing organisations primarily focusing on distributing an established and evidence-based poverty intervention. Typically, we do not support organisations that have been operating full-time for more than 18 months or have raised more than $30,000 in outside funding.


Choose a challenge and be ready for the upcoming deadlines: 

  • Regular Submission Deadline: 14 July 2024 at midnight PT (Pacific Time) 
  • Extension Deadline: 4 August 2024 at midnight PT (Pacific Time) 

Register for an extension


Round 1

Please submit a two-page concept note and resume(s) for Round 1. We receive over 2500 submissions for each competition.


The top 5% of entrepreneurs are invited to respond to brief written questions. You will have two weeks to prepare and submit your responses.


Top entrepreneurs are interviewed via phone and email. The top 1% receive up to $20,000 for launching their ventures.


Spend the next few months testing your idea and developing an organization that quickly expands to a large scale.


We only email when a competition goes live, about twice per year. We never share your data.

(Read Also: THRIVE Global Impact Challenge Calls for Disruptive Innovations in Agriculture)

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