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Seeking social ICT ventures

Orange has extended the deadline of a competition seeking the best ideas for using ICTs to improve people’s living conditions.

Orange Botswana notes that the deadline for the African Social Venture competition has been extended to 30 September.

The project aims to promote social innovation for development, thanks 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.

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.

The three winners will each receive a financial grant, with the winner getting 25 000 Euros, and they will also benefit from a 6-month mentoring by management experts.

Go to www.starafrica.com for details.

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