Orange Launches 6th Social Venture Prize for African Start-ups

The Orange Social Venture Prize encourages start-ups to fuel development on the continent using their innovative products and services in health, agriculture, education, energy, commerce or industry.

The 2016 edition has been extended to the Middle East and will also include a Special Cultural Content Prize.

Applications began on May 18th and will close on September 21st 2016 on entrepreneurclub.orange.com

Entrepreneurs 21 years and older and registered companies in existence for less than 3 years can participate in the prize, regardless of nationality.

However, the projects presented must concern a service to be deployed in any or more of the 18 African and Middle Eastern countries of Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mauritius, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Jordan and Liberia.

“Orange plans to play a leading role in supporting the digital transformation of the African continent and to be a major partner to start-ups,” said Bruno Mettling, Deputy CEO, Orange operations in Africa and the Middle East.

Orange offers various support systems and shares its skills and expertise to entrepreneurs wishing to start their own companies and to mature start-ups. It gives access to its exchange platforms and networks and facilitates the creation of new services through application programming interfaces (APIs).

Orange has opened incubators in five African countries: CTIC in Senegal; Ebene in Mauritius; Cipmen in Niger; Createam in Mali; and in Guinea, Saboutech.

The Orange Social Venture Prize has in the six years of its existence received 2, 600 projects, illustrating the entrepreneurial potential of Africa.

Ten finalists and the Entrepreneur Club’s Choice award winner will receive special support from the non-governmental organization Grow Movement for 6 months.

The projects of 4 star-ups will be awarded 25, 000; 15, 000; and 10, 000 and 5, 000 euros will go to the Special Cultural Content award winner.

Orange is inviting online users to participate in the selection of winners by voting for their favourite project, also on entrepreneurclub.orange.com.

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