Back in October, I mentioned the Fletcher D-Prize (formally the “Fletcher D-Prize Poverty Venture Solutions Competition,” if you’re not into the whole brevity thing). Administered by the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), the D-Prize awards up to $30,000 for a social entrepreneurship proposal to combat poverty in the developing world. It’s one of the coolest things at Fletcher, in my view.
This year’s winners have just been announced, and I’ll join the many voices at Fletcher congratulating first-year MALD student Farah Momen and her business partner Giulia Bova for their work on The Now Exchange, which provides healthcare access to women in the Bangladeshi garment industry. The D-Prize will allow them to pilot the project this summer, starting with providing access to the Sayana Press, a hormonal contraceptive, to garment workers. Farah and Giulia will be formally presented with the award at Fletcher in early April.
The Now Exchange will also join four other Fletcher teams heading to the finals of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition on April 5th. Open to all Tufts community members, the Competition features teams pursuing entrepreneurial projects in High Tech, Social Entrepreneurship, and Medical & Life Science Tracks. Congratulations to The Now Exchange, and best of luck to all Fletcher competitors in the $100K New Ventures Competition finals!