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The Orange Social Venture Prize aims to promote social innovation by supporting development through information and communication technologies (ICT). In addition to funding of up to 25,000 euros, Orange will provide support to the three winners of the Grand Prize for six months from business and telecoms professionals.

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Social entrepreneurship is the use of creative, innovative approaches to develop projects and organizations that create broad social impact. Basically, it’s entrepreneurship, but with the central goal of having a social and business impact rather than simply business impact.

The Prize is awarded to three entrepreneurs or startups created less than three years ago that offer high-tech solutions based on mobiles or the Internet to meet the needs of the poorest populations in Africa and the Middle-East. The Award embodies the Group’s values and commitments in the MEA region.
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2017 is the seventh edition of the Social Venture Prize. It was launched in 2011 and was a major event for the teams at our subsidiaries in the region. This year, it evolves in order to reward more startups: a first phase of national competitions will take place in the participating Orange countries (refer to the list of countries in the Rules document online [lien PDF règlement EN]) and each country will designate 3 national winners who will compete automatically at the International Grand Prix.

No, each participant must submit its project only once by selecting the country of deployment of the project in the online registration form. The 3 winners from each country will automatically be positioned to compete at the International Grand Prix.

These are the change agents who identify a social need and use entrepreneurial approaches to create these projects and organizations. They are often passionate, creative, risk-taking, and leaders in society.

Entrepreneurs over the age of 21 and start-ups operating for less than three years can qualify for the Prize. There are no nationality requirements. The projects must be implemented in one of the following countries in which Orange operates in Africa and the Middle-East, and listed in the Contest Rules. The eligible countries are: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Botswana, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan and Burkina Faso.

The candidates have to submit their application form online at www.entrepreneurclub.orange.com, in the Orange Social Venture Prize section.

Entrepreneur Club is the Orange internet portal dedicated to startups in Africa and the Middle East. It is the media that allows relaying the contest on the web and organizing the subscription process. For more information, visit www.entrepreneurclub.orange.com

The Prize will be officially launched on February 28th, 2017.
The deadline for submissions is June 6th, 2017 (9:00pm GMT).
The national juries will meet and nominate the 3 national winners by country in September 2017 and the International Grand Jury will meet in October to select the 3 winners of the International Grand Prix. The international award ceremony will take place on November 8th at the AfricaCom Awards, the telecoms reference conference in Africa that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The juries are made up of members who are all professionals working in the ICT, innovation or development sectors, mainly in Africa and the Middle-East. Jean-Michel Severino, the former head of the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and member of the Orange Board of Directors, will chair the international Grand Jury for the seventh consecutive year.

The jury will consider the social and environmental impact of the projects, their degree of innovation, the possibility of expanding the product or service to several countries and the financial viability and feasibility of the projects submitted.

Entrepreneur Club online visitors will be able to vote online for their “Favourite Project” during the national competitions phase but as well during the international phase of the competition. The winner of the “Favourite Project” will have its project submitted to the jury along with the 10 other projects pre-selected for the members of the jury. The jury will then make its final decision, choosing within the 11 projects the 3 winners.

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