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.
The Project must concern a territory or a geographical market containing at least one country from the African continent and the Middle East region in which the Orange Group is present. The countries concerned are: Botswana,
Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Liberia, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.
The Project must involve Information and Communications Technologies and have a societal impact.
For the International Grand Prix, awards are as follows:
– 1st prize: the payment of an amount of €25,000 (twenty-five thousand euros).
– 2nd prize: the payment of an amount of €15,000 (fifteen thousand euros).
– 3rd prize: the payment of an amount of €10,000 (ten thousand euros).
For the International Women’s Prize, the award is as follows:
– The payment of an amount of €20,000 (twenty thousand euros) funded by the Group Diversity and Inclusion Department.
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
National phase of the Competition:
Each Project submitted will participate in the national phase of the Competition within its country of origin (the country is identified by the Participant when the Project is submitted on the Site). Each country organises a national jury, which
can nominate up to three (3) national winners.
International phase of the Competition:
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 prize winners for the Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East.
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.
Application Deadline: June 5th 2021
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