About D-Prize


D-Prize expands access to poverty-alleviation interventions in the developing world.

Many solutions to poverty already exist. The challenge is distributing these solutions to the people who need it most. Our programs produce new "distribution entrepreneurs" - social entrepreneurs who start new ventures that distribute proven life-enhancing technologies to millions of people living in extreme poverty.


  1. Significantly increase access to life-enhancing technologies in the developing world – and prove an impact in a measurable way.

  2. Encourage young entrepreneurs to focus their talent on the developing world, pilot new solutions to distribution problems, and launch new social ventures.

  3. Encourage a global dialogue on the importance of leveraging distribution solutions for development. We believe the path to development is through solving distribution.

Leadership team

Nicholas fusso, co-founder and program director

Nicholas has managed D-Prize since it’s inception in 2013, and continues to oversee a full time staff and manage daily operations. He attended the University of Washington, and earned an MBA from Claremont. Nicholas believes the world is on the cusp of overcoming long-lasting bottlenecks in international development, and that poverty will end in our lifetime.


andrew youn, co-founder

Andrew started One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that distributes farm inputs and training to smallholder farmers, enabling them to double their income per acre. One Acre Fund has over 6,000 full-time staff and serves over 600,000 families. Andrew lives in rural Rwanda and has personally seen the power of distribution to transform the lives of hard-working families.


paul youn, co-founder

Paul lives in San Francisco, where he is a manager at a technology firm. Paul has been involved in early-stage talent screening at One Acre Fund since its inception. Paul is passionate about empowering the world’s poor to reach their full human potential.



Will runs competition operations for D-Prize. He previously worked at One Acre Fund in Kenya distributing agricultural inputs, and is a founding judge on the D-Prize evaluation team. Will is thrilled to watch organizations distributing proven poverty interventions grow to serve millions of people around the world.

may lim, FOUNDING board member

May is raising her family in San Francisco. She is constantly reminded that everyone should have an opportunity to thrive.


cliff freY, FOUNDING board member

Cliff is a software architect working in San Francisco. He helped grow Meraki, Inc from 5 employees to over 300. Cliff is excited about helping technology to reach the places where it can have the greatest benefit.




Neil works for a nonprofit organization in California, and has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for four years. He is most inspired by entrepreneurs doing strong work in the energy and global health sectors. He thinks successful proposals demonstrate a clear understanding of the problem along with knowledge of the local environment.



Nat started and managed a successful social business that provides financing to rural smallholder farmers in East Africa. He has been involved with D-Prize since 2013. He is most inspired by entrepreneurs that have a strong vision for scale, even when at the earliest phase.



Jesse works at a growing nonprofit organization in East Africa, focused on agriculture work. He has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for two years. He thinks the most successful proposals are ones that match proven interventions with a local context.



Sophie is a manager for county government in California, and has been involved with D-Prize proposal evaluations for four years. She is most inspired by entrepreneurs with a vision to scale their solutions. She thinks successful proposals combine creativity with respect for evidence.  



Allison works on energy access, and has been involved with D-Prize for the past three years. She is passionate about distributing energy solutions to those who need it most. She thinks successful proposals focus first on implementation and execution, rather than on fancy products. 




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