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D-Prize Social Venture Competition

Venture Teams

Congratulations to the 2017 Semi-Finalist teams, who were each invited to submit a second-round proposal in the NYU Reynolds/D-Prize Social Venture Competition!

ACE&E
Ginikachi Jessica Ibuakaeze (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Akinleye O. Sowunmi
Boluwatife Ben-Adeola
Omozino Eguh

Goal: ACE&E targets students in secondary schools across Nigeria and aims to serve a comparative education platform by providing virtual test classes and metrics to improve performance for their certificate exams.

Bring The Light Home
Carlo Gabriel (NYU Shanghai)
Anggun Citra Berlian (Universitas Indonesia)
Rizky Faramitha (Bandung Institute of Technology)

Goal: Bring The Light Home plans to distribute affordable and effective solar lamps called Liter of Light to the unilluminated villages across Indonesia with a vision to expand their coverage to other communities across the globe in the future.

E-Squared
Ana Namaki (NYU Law)
Ijeoma Ozoma (NYU Law)
Kristen Miner (University of Washington)
Rodney Watkins

Goal:E-Squared aims to allow utility companies to reach an untapped market by utilizing rural schools and novel payment options to all but eliminate many of the barriers preventing the distribution and adoption of solar powered lamps.

Lucem Lighting
George Ma (NYU CAS)
Guantong Chen (NYU Gallatin)
Wenkai Wang (NYU Gallatin)

Goal:Lucem Lighting aims to distribute solar lamps in Madagascar by leveraging the partnerships with local NGOs to build the sales networks.

Qantab Light Cube
Samuel Olufemi SOFELA (NYU Tandon)
Oghare Ogidiama (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology)
Chukwuka Madumelu (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology)

Goal:Quntab Light Cube strives to create a distribution model of solar lamps in power starved towns of Northern Nigeria by implementing an amortized payment system.

SAPPHIRE
Jennifer Zelmer (NYU GSAS)
Sasha Hernandez (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Taraneh Shiranzian (Brown Medical School)

Goal: SAPPHIRE (Safe Administration of PostPartum Hemorrhage Interventions in Rural Environments) aims to provide comprehensive PPH training and PPH Kits to traditional birth attendants, also known as comadronas, working in rural Guatemala. These kits include misoprostol, a cheap and effective drug which if administered properly, can help prevent and treat PPH.

Smiling Schools
Joseph F. Geiger III (NYU Dentistry)
Dmitriy Klass
Christian A. Albano

Goal:Smiling Schools aims to directly impact the oral healthcare of children in Cuba by reducing cavities with fluoride varnish and intensive oral health education.

TradeRoads
Jonathan Chin (NYU Steinhardt)
Christopher Cinq-mars Jarvis (NYU Tisch)
Jenn Halwell

Goal:TradeRoads strives to use proven digital devices to collect data on road conditions and route frequency from commercial vehicles in South Africa and other developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to predict which new construction and restoration projects would have the greatest benefit to the local economy.

U Share
Ethan Loewi (NYU GSAS)
Eliya Tenenboim (Tel Aviv University)

Goal: U Share will distribute scholarships to promising female students in Zambia, and will raise those funds through targeted engagement with a vast, powerful, and philanthropically-minded network of donor communities: colleges, universities, and university alumni groups.

Past NYU Reynolds/D-Prize Grand Prize Winners:

REACH Uganda (May 2016)
Angelina Micha Djaja (NYU Abu Dhabi 2016)
Clara Bicalho (NYU Abu Dhabi 2016)
Eduardo Campillo (NYU Abu Dhabi 2017)
David Kafambe (Cavendish University 2016)

Goal: REACH Uganda aims to empower teachers in Uganda and promote creative learning tolls in primary scholls in order to enable all students to attain basic quantitative skills. Their educational model brings the "flip the classroom" intervention to the Ugandan context by providing schools with low-cost and sustainable learning materials and innovative methods to tackle the issue of limited resources. Ultimately, REACH envisions every primary school student in Uganda graduating with the skills they need to pursue higher education and realize their goals.

Jeunes Braves (May 2015)
Som Tang'ma Kpante (NYU GSAS 2016)
Komi Begedou (University of Lome 2015)

Goal: Jeunes Braves strives to improve the health and educational opportunities of girls in Togo, Africa by empowering them to make healthy choices in their relationships. The ultimate goal is to decrease incidence of HIV and unwanted pregnancies, and increase the number of girls who are able to complete secondary school and attend university.