2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize for Innovative Start-ups

Deadline: 18 September 2015

Orange is currently inviting applications for its fifth edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects from around the world which help to accelerate development on the African continent. The prize will recognise three projects with grants of €10 000, €15 000 and €25 000, 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.

The Orange African Social Venture Prize showcases entrepreneurs offering innovative products or services that meet the needs of Africans in various fields .Operating in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Orange serves more than 100 million customers in the region and plays a major role in Africa’s economy and future development.

Orange’s main priorities is to improve connectivity, particularly in rural areas, and to introduce value-adding mobile services. The Group also supports entrepreneurs by offering a variety of support programmes, both to entrepreneurs seeking to create their own company and to mature start-ups.

Focus Areas

  1. Health
  2. Agriculture
  3. Education
  4. Energy
  5. Industry or trade

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or legal entity that has been in existence for fewer than three years may participate 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.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted through Orange’s pan-African web portal.

For more information, please visit Orange Award.