Here are the three winning projects of the Orange African Social Venture Prize Announced plus the The special Orange Partner API prize.
- The first prize was awarded to Modisar, a livestock farm management application (desktop, web and mobile) that makes it easy for a farmer to manage his\her farm. The application is designed to stimulate development of the livestock industry in Botswana and cultivate interest in livestock farming among younger generations by associating modern technologies with the nation’s passion for farming. Modisar aims to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the livestock sector, a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Product in Botswana.
- The Station Energy Ivoireproject was awarded second prize. This project, which aims to set-up several franchise stores in rural or urban areas of Côte d’Ivoire, is based on an innovative retail concept for energy services. Inspired the models used by both service stations and grocery shops in Africa, Station Energy is a solution that provides wide-spread and affordable access to energy. The shops are equipped with photovoltaic panels to provide a range of shared services (batteries allowing access to lighting, cold spaces, Internet access, sale of low consumption equipment, etc.).
- The third prize was awarded to the Senegalese companyBouquet Pass Santé. This project provides an online platform that enables people living abroad or in Senegal to pay directly for medical consultations for themselves or family members.
- Finally, a “favorite project” was also selected by visitors of the Group’s web portal StarAfrica. Over 20,000 visitors voted for the Ivorian project “Pubcell”. The concept is to offer advertisers the ability to promote their brands to mobile phone users by paying advertising fees for the rental of their private spaces.
- The special Orange Partner API prize was awarded toMewanko Farm, a project that involves the creation of an online platform to enable the sale of agricultural products on both urban and international markets. The aim is to facilitate the lives of small farmers by using ICT tools to provide them with a direct means of access to markets and enabling them to increase their income.
They will receive financial grants of up to 25,000 euros and a patent in the country of deployment for the 1st prize winner, Orange will also offer professional and expert coaching not only for the winners but for the 10 finalists of the Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014. The 10 finalists will join the coaching program hosted by VC4Africa.