Orange Group has launched the call for applications for the fifth edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize as a global Entrepreneurship Summit sets to kick off this week. The Group initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects that help accelerate development in Africa.
The Orange African Social Venture Prize showcases entrepreneurs offering innovative products or services that meet the needs of Africans in Africa, in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade to provide a lasting social impact.
since 2011, the Social venture Prize has received 2,000 projects reflecting the dynamism of African entrepreneurs and the potential of the telecommunications sector in positively impacting communities in Africa.
As a result, one of Orange’s main priorities is to improve connectivity, particularly in rural areas, and to introduce value-adding mobile services. The Group also provides support by offering a variety of programmes, both to entrepreneurs seeking to create their own company as well as to grow start-ups.
In the second edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize in 2012, the TAKACHAR project, a Kenya-based initiative, was the first runner up, taking home 15,000 Euros.TAKACHAR, which provides an innovative system to improve waste management by using telecommunication to track waste collection in real time, enables cooperatives to operate more efficiently and increase the proportion of organic waste that can be transformed into charcoal.
Who is eligible?
Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or a legally recognized company that has been in existence for less than three years may participate at no cost and with no restriction on nationality. Submitted projects must be designed for deployment 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 people in these countries. Applications are to be submitted by September 18, 2015 on Orange’s pan-African web portal, www.starafrica.com.