The Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East (OSVP) has become a reference and has passed the 10-year mark by entering its 11th edition.
Every year, it rewards the best technological projects with a positive impact in Africa and the Middle East. The competition is organized in two stages: first a national competition in 17 countries; then an international jury selects the winners of the Grand Prix.
For the second consecutive year, Orange will reward more start-ups with the International Women’s Prize worth €20,000. This prize will reward any project carried by a woman or aimed at improving women’s living conditions.Table of Content
An undeniable catalyst for progress, technological innovation can only reach its full potential if it is supported by a solid, viable business proposition that meets current and future social and environmental needs. As well as encouraging innovation, Orange also rewards the positive entrepreneurial spirit of dynamic start-ups within the framework of its Social Venture Prize. Since 2011 this International Grand Prix competition has welcomed start-ups from 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East. It identifies, rewards, and supports business propositions that make a po... read more
For the International Grand Prix, awards are as follows:
For the International Women’s Prize, the award is as follows:
Furthermore, support will be proposed to the 10 International Grand Prix
shortlisted finalists (including the 3 prizewinners) and the winner of the International Women’s Prize. Support will be offered in the form of quarterly telephone/video meetings during which the winners will present a progress report. They will benefit from advice given by business and finance professionals. If the award is attributed to a team, it will be awarded to the Project team leader who filled in the entry form.
If the prize is awarded to an organisation, it will be given to the legal
representative of the organisation.
International Women’s Prize:
Projects eligible for the International Women’s Prize are identified using two filters when candidates register their Project online: the Project must be led by a women or propose a technological solution to improve women’s lives. Projects that are eligible for the International Grand Prix may also qualify for the International Women’s Prize, as long as they meet the identification criteria mentioned above. The grand jury has the final decision on nominating the overall winner of the International Women’s Prize within the Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East
Selection: The Orange Social Venture Prize includes two stages; first, a local phase that takes place between March and June in the 17 Orange subsidiaries. The countries then each choose three prizewinners. During the second phase, the winners from each country compete with each other. An international jury consisting of representatives of the Orange start-up ecosystem then meet to decide on the international POESAM prizewinners.
The three (3) national winners will qualify automatically, without the need to resubmit their Project, for the International Grand Prix, organised by Orange MEA. The grand jury has the final decision on nominating the 3 prizewinners for the Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East.
To make your application even easier, gather your supporting information in advance (for example, your logo or presentation) and prepare three supporting statements:
For more details, visit Orange website