If you had $20,000, how would you fight poverty?

Our society has invented many effective poverty solutions. Sadly, most of these fail to leave the design lab and factory to reach actual people in need. If we have already created solutions, why does poverty still exist?

The world needs entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty solutions in the developing world. Can you figure out a better way to distribute a solar lamp, or vaccine, or any other proven poverty solution to people in need? Pitch your idea to solve one of the challenges below. If selected, we will award up to $20,000 to pilot your new venture in Africa, Asia, or another other developing region.

How this competition works


The Fletcher D-Prize is open to all Fletcher students, alumni, and Tufts undergraduates. At least one person on your team must be a current student or a graduate of The Fletcher School.

This competition is for people who want to launch a new social enterprise in the developing world.

  • For students, this is your opportunity to put development into practice all while having impact through an intense summer internship experience which may lead to full time entrepreneurial engagement after graduation.
  • For alumni, this is an opportunity to bring forth your enterprise building experiences to alleviate poverty. Either way, you may just discover what it takes to launch a successful enterprise that fights poverty and improves people’s lives directly.

The Fletcher D-Prize is part of a larger entrepreneurship ecosystem of support at Tufts.   At the Derby Entrepreneurship Center (DEC) at Tufts University, DEC helps students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. Become an impactful leader through an innovative and entrepreneurial approach. DEC does this via academic courses and co-curricular programming.

We encourage you to attend DEC’s events, programming, including a summer accelerator, competitions, courses, and a learning center for first time entrepreneurs which are all designed to support you, no matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey.