The key to success in the voting phase: communication

Greetings to all the entrepreneurs who read this on this opening day of the Africa Cup of Nations. Many of you have registered to the Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East, another sports events in a fashion, a stage race with “qualifying matches” and national and international finals.

We receive questions about the impact of the vote in the overall process of winner selection. The national voting phase gives the public (the visitors of the Entrepreneur Club site) the opportunity to acclaim a candidate project in order to push it to the national final in front of the jury. In order to identify potential winners, we find up to 10 finalists through rigorous analysis of the application files and pool it with the one project favoured by the online voters, the best for national jurys to pick worthy winners from.

These votes allow the entrepreneurs to test the interest of the public for their product or service, to train their communication skills and strategy and to gather a community that may stick with them in the future steps of the life of their entrepreneurship project. There is good competition and we congratulate the candidates who make skillful use of social networks to promote their projects.

Of course, these votes are most useful when the competition is healthy and the rule remains 1 person = 1 daily vote for a given project. As is now a tradition, we use technical means to keep the playing field as even as possible. When faced with attempts to circumvent our technical obstacles to unfair voting, we endeavour to right the rankings after careful reviews of the technical logs. Further audits will allow us to provide a final ranking after the end of the voting phase and, in the meantime, there can be a discrepancy between the displayed score and the final score.

Take a look at and vote for the innovative projects, by country:
Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Côte d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sierra Leone