The African Social Venture Prize Challenge 2012 edition

The African Social Venture Prize Challenge 2012 edition  aims at promoting social innovation for development, to information and communication technologies, through financial and management support to new businesses. The African Social Venture Prize will reward three projects or enterprises addressing needs of the ‘bottom of pyramid’ market in Africa through technology.

The digital projects range from e-health and mobile banking to digital and mobile applications for education or agriculture. They therefore represent huge opportunities for social development. This initiative is a part of a larger innovation strategy as well as Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Orange has commercial operations in 17 countries in Africa. This project is at the crossroads of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and its Innovation strategy. By promoting social ventures, Orange aims at raising awareness about the role that Information and Communication Technologies can play in development.

How to participate:

Participants, regardless of nationality, must be more than 21 years old, can either be students, entrepreneurs or companies in activity since June 2009. The businesses or projects submitted are required to target at least one of the African countries of Orange’s footprint. Their core business has to use technology in an innovative way to enhance living conditions of local populations.

The African countries of Orange’s footprint are Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Uganda, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius and Botswana.

Important Dates:

May 22nd to September 21st 2012. (11:59 GMT)

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