Impact partner profile


Distribution equals development

Est. since
Location of HQ
344 Thomas L Berkley Way, STE 101 Oakland, CA 94612, United States of America
Partnership date with Thankyou
September 2020
Area of focus
Last Mile Distribution
Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia

D-Prize exists to increase distribution of existing, effective poverty interventions. They believe that simply distributing evidence-based and rigorously studied products and services, that are known to work in low resource settings, can lead to alleviating the impact of poverty. The team at D-Prize work to identify high-impact health, energy, education, and other solutions that have large delivery gaps. Their model finds and launches organisations solely focused on distributing these at scale.

D-Prize believes that there are many talented people in the world, and they exist to help these people find the solutions and fund new organisations to help implement their strategies. They've created a network of "distribution entrepreneurs" who collectively, they believe, can be a powerful force for development.

Since 2013, D-Prize has given the earliest stage of seed support and launched over 150 pilot distribution ventures. Ongoingly, D-Prize launch 25 new distribution ventures a year on average, all of which seek to serve 100,000 people within their first 5 years. The top 10% of their ventures are on track to reach this figure, and their distribution network has already delivered proven interventions to more than 3 million people in need.

Type of grant funding given

Core impact goals

Increase distribution

D-Prize aims to increase distribution of proven health, economic, education, and other interventions to the millions of people who still need access. Proven interventions are products and services that already exist and are known to meaningfully alleviate poverty.

Increase reach

D-Prize aim to catalyse dozens of new distribution organisations that scale and reach at least 100,000 underserved people, each. 

Increase support to social entrepreneurs

D-Prize look to provide support to hundreds of aspiring social entrepreneurs launching organisations that otherwise would not launch and scale. They believe that, if early support is made available, many more people could build organisations that successfully distribute proven interventions.

Impact milestones

D-Prize aims to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (12 months):

1. Launch 32 pilot distribution organisations - these will be selected from an entrepreneur pool across two global competitions, and provided launch funding

2. Have the pilot organisations directly serve 8,000 people during an initial 3 month pilot phase

3. Ensure that the interventions distributed to those people will directly result in a mix of positive health, energy, economic, and educational outcomes, such as access to safe drinking water, reliable and affordable energy access, improved crop yield, and improved primary school test scores

4. See 3-4 of these pilots grow to serve 100,000 each within five years

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