D-Prize Challenge 2019 for social entrepreneurs (sh.2 million grant)

Applications are welcomed for the D-Prize Challenge 2019. Entrepreneurs solving social problems, who qualify, will receive a grant of up to sh.2 million.

D-Prize Challenge 2019 is the second edition of this initiative supporting social entrepreneurs. It’s open to individuals and partnerships. Every business venture falling between for-profit and non-profit are eligible for the grant. This is as long as the venture is proven in solving poverty problems – and is ready to scale.


Entrepreneurs applying for D-Prize Challenge 2019 should be solving issues in at least one of these areas:

  1. Girls’ Education
  2. Agriculture
  3. Energy
  4. Health
  5. Education
  6. Governance and Infrastructure
  7. Custom (propose a challenge)

The best ideas will be selected, by judges, based on promise and cost-effectiveness. D-Prize will award these ideas with up to sh.2 million ($20,000) in convertible grant. The average funding is usually sh.1.2 million ($12,000).

Application and Deadline

Selection for D-Prize Challenge 2019 grant will happen over 3 rounds. In the first round, applicants will share concept notes and resumes. Judges will pick the best on rolling basis. They may request additional information from applicants via email.

The first round will have 3 deadlines:

  • Early decision (14th October, 2018)
  • Regular deadline (4th November, 2018)
  • Extension deadline (25th November, 2018)

Extension deadline is limited to the first 300 people who register for it.

The top 5% will proceed to the second round selection. Here, applicants will have 4 weeks to submit full 10-page proposals. Proposals should be in English and bound by the instructions given. Any extra material or revisions will not be considered.

It’s after this round that judges will interview the applicants, by phone and email, for funding consideration. Winners will get help from D-Prize for future funding. They will also access the D-Prize network of winners and enjoy other forms of additional support.

Visit the D-Prize Challenge 2019 Official Website and learn more on how to apply.