African Social Venture Prize launched

July 20, 2015 11:47 am0 comments

Africa innovationNAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE Orange Group has launched the call for
applications for the fifth edition of the Orange African Social Venture
Prize, which aims to encourage innovative start-up projects that help
accelerate development in Africa.

The prize awards three projects with grants of 10 000, 15 000 and 25 000
Euros along with six months of mentorship from Orange.

Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or a legally recognised company that
has been in existence for less than three years may participate at no cost
and with no restriction on nationality. Submitted projects must be
designed for deployment 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 people in these countries.

Applications are to be submitted by September 18, 2015 on Orange’s
pan-African web portal, www.starafrica.com.

The first prize will also receive free patent registration in the country
of the project’s deployment.

Internet users are also invited to vote online for their favourite project
on Orange’s entertainment portal in Africa, StarAfrica.com. The winner of
the “Favourite Project category” will have their project submitted
directly to the jury along with the other project finalists to contend for
the top three slots.

The Orange African Social Venture Prize showcases entrepreneurs offering
innovative products or services that meet the needs of Africans in Africa,
in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or
trade to provide a lasting social impact.

Over the past four years, 2 000 projects have been submitted to the
Venture Prize, reflecting the dynamism of African entrepreneurs and the
potential of the telecommunications sector in positively impacting
communities in Africa.

“As a result, one of Orange’s main priorities is to improve connectivity,
particularly in rural areas, and to introduce value-adding mobile
services. The Group also provides support by offering a variety of
programmes, both to entrepreneurs seeking to create their own company as
well as to grow start-ups,” says Orange Telkom Kenya’s Chief Corporate
Communications Officer, George Mlaghui.

Operating in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Orange serves
more than 100 million customers in the region.

– CAJ News

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