Call for candidates for 7th Orange Social Venture Prize

Orange has announced the launch of the 7th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in African and Middle East (OSVPAM).

Applications for the 2017 OSVPAM are being accepted until 6 June 2017 with submissions to be made on the “Orange Social Venture Prize” pages of the website www.entrepreneurclub.orange.com.

As in previous years, the OSVPAM will be awarded to innovative projects which make use of information and communication technologies to improve living conditions for the peoples of Africa and the Middle East in fields such as health, finance, education and agriculture.

New for this 7th edition, the competition will start with a national phase during which each of Orange’s 17 participating subsidiaries will examine projects submitted in its country and will designate three winners.

“This year we will be assembling a local jury which will comprise of industry experts who will assess all projects received locally and select the Top 3, who will then be submitted to compete with finalists from other affiliates,” says Orange PR and Foundation Manager Boga Chilinde-Masebu.

Following the selection of the local Top 3, the next phase will be an international one in which the winners of each country – 51 in all – will compete before an international panel of judges for the OSVPAM Grand Prize, with the top three winners to be awarded during the AfricaCom Awards Ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, on 8 November 2017. In addition to national prizes, the three international winners will receive 25,000 euros, 15,000 euros and 10,000 euros respectively, along with support from professionals in start-up creation and funding.

OSVPAM is open to any student, employee or entrepreneur over the age of 21 whose initiative is less than 3 years old and who lives in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Jordan, Liberia or Burkina Faso.

Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange group and CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, commented “With a record 750 candidates in 2016, the success of the OSVPAM prize with entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East speaks for itself.  This year, 17 countries in which we operate will recognize 3 winners, the better to promote the local start-up ecosystem, in addition to the winners at the international level.  This is our way of reaffirming our ambition of becoming a major partner, in particular by showcasing innovation that serves people.”

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