Orange has launched the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent.
The prize will recognize three projects with grants of 10,000, 15,000 and 25,000 euros, along with six months of support from Orange experts. The first prize will also be offered a patent registration in the country of the project’s deployment.
Once the applications are selected, internet users will be invited to vote online for their favorite project on Orange’s entertainment portal in Africa, StarAfrica.com. The winner of the “Favourite Project” will have its project submitted directly to the jury along with the other project finalists.
The Orange African Social Venture Prize showcases entrepreneurs offering innovative products or services that meet the needs of Africans in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade.
Over the past four years, 2,000 projects have been submitted for the Orange African Social Venture Prize, reflecting the dynamism of African entrepreneurs and the potential of the telecommunications sector in Africa.
Operating in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Orange serves more than 100 million customers in the region.
To enter the competition, one needs to be aged 21 or over or legal entity that has been in existence for fewer than three years may participate at no cost and with no restriction on nationality. Submitted projects must be designed to be deployed in at least one of the 17 African countries in which Orange operates and must use information and communications technology in an innovative way to help improve the living conditions of the populations in these countries.
Last year, more than 450 candidates submitted their projects for the award. 10 finalists also benefited from support by experts through an online acceleration program offered by Orange on the VC4Africa platform.
The applications are accepted from 21 May to 18 September 2015 on Orange’s pan-African web portal.