Orange African Social Venture contest underway
Orange has launched the second edition of its Orange African Social Venture Prize. The goal is to promote social innovation that supports African development through ICT.
Orange will provide a financial endowment as well as expert support to the young companies that put forward innovative projects with a significant social impact.
Last year, more than 600 candidates responded to the call for projects, reflecting the strong entrepreneurial spirit and the high potential of telecommunications services in Africa.
The three prize-winners of the first edition, announced at the AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town in November 2011, proposed the following projects:
* Horticultural Tele-Irrigation: a Nigerian project that puts mobile technology in the hands of horticulturalists;
* Agasha Business Network: a Ugandan community-based e-commerce platform that promotes small African businesses to the global market;
* Kachile: an Ivory Coast e-commerce start-up for African craft products.
The Orange African Social Venture Prize will be awarded once again this year to three entrepreneurs or start-ups offering solutions that use ICT in innovative ways to meet the needs of communities in Africa. In addition to receiving an endowment of 10,000 to 25,000 euros, the three prize-winners will receive six months of support from entrepreneurial and ICT experts.
Applications are accepted from May 22 to September 21, 2012 on Orange's pan-African web portal, http://www.starafrica.com.