Past Winners

The 2013-2014 academic year is the inaugural Fletcher D-Prize competition.

D-Prize has run prior competitions with a similar focus. Below are summaries of past D-Prize winners, and you can read more about the most recent global D-Prize competition.

Winners of the first D- Prize competition

Katie Wood Watch Me Go 2013 D-Prize WinnerKatie Wood from Atlanta, Georgia will launch “Watch Me Go,” a crowd-sourced funding platform to provide education scholarships for girls in Kenya. Watch Me Go will allow donors to build a virtual classroom of smart girls in need of secondary school scholarships, track progress online and earn points that are used to send more girls to school. Within three months Katie will raise funds for 100 girls to attend school.

Arvind Nagarajan 2013 D-Prize WinnerArvind Nagarajan from Cambridge, Massachusetts will launch a new approach for improving education in resource-limited settings. Arvind will rely on tablet-based digital student assessments to inform low-income parents of education quality and empower them to drive improvements in school systems. He will pilot a tablet-based assessment in a low-cost center in Mumbai, and hopes to launch full time in 2014.

Olivia Nava Juabar 2013 D-Prize WinnerOlivia Nava from Oakland, California launched Juabar to service mobile phones in Tanzania. Juabar kiosks use solar power to charge mobile phones and are also a point-of-sale for household solar lamps. Kiosks are run by “juapreneurs” – entrepreneurs who serve their local communities. With support from DPrize, Olivia will earn over $5,000 in revenue, support 15 local juapreneurs, and sell 400 solar lamps in three months. She will scale to 32,000 products and 150 Juabar kiosks in two years.

Katerina Kimmorley Pollinate Energy 2013 D-Prize WinnerKaterina Kimmorley from Sydney, Australia launched Pollinate Energy to provide clean energy to slum areas in India. Their model also sparks economic opportunities in emerging markets by relying on local salesmen. Their work eradicates energy poverty and replace dangerous kerosene lamps with solar solutions. Katerina plans to sell over 5,000 solar solutions in two years.

Jackie Stenson and Diana Rue Essmart 2013 D-Prize WinnerJackie Stenson and Diana Jue from Cambridge, Massachusetts together launched Essmart to connect local retailers in India with manufacturers of solar lamps, home lighting systems, water filters and other essential products. They plan to support local entrepreneurs and supply households with poverty solutions by reaching over 5,000 retailers and distributing more than 500,000 products within two years.

Maria Springer SmartSana 2013 D-Prize WinnerMaria Springer from Los Angeles, California will launch SmartSana to distribute clean-burning cook stoves as replacements for dangerous and environmentally-damaging alternatives. She will also provide economic opportunities for local salesmen. By 2015, she hopes to reach 4 million residents in Nairobi slums who currently burn firewood, waste and charcoal for cooking. Maria previously launched Lively Hoods, a nonprofit which operates in Nairobi.