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APPLY: 2022 Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East

Orange Social Venture Prize aims to reward 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 positive social and environmental impact.

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.


  • Host: POESAM 
  • Category:  Competitions | Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: 17 African Countries and The Middle East
  • Reward: €10,000 – €25,000
  • Deadline: May 22, 2022
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To participate in the Orange Social Venture Prize, Candidates must:

  • Be 21 years and over
  • Present a social entrepreneurship project based on NICT (New Information and Communication Technologies)
  • present a project that involves at least one of the 17 countries
  • Ideally, the business idea should include a prototype or demo.
  • 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, BurkinaFaso, 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
  • The Project must involve Information and Communications Technologies and
    have a societal impact. What’s more, the business idea should include an
    existing prototype or demo.

Duration and Reward

  • The Competition will be held between 28 March 2022 (09:00am GMT) and 27
    May 2022 (9:00pm GMT).

Awards International Grand Prix

  • 1st prize: €25,000

  • 2nd prize: €15,000

  • 3rd prize: €10,000

  • The 10 finalists within the OSVP International Grand Prix and the winner of the International Women’s Prize will also receive 6 to 9 months of business development support.

International Women’s Prize

  • Winner: €20,000

Phases of the Competition

  • The first phase will take place between June and September: each application will be assessed according to the rules of the national competitions and up to three winners will be selected in each country. The international phase will then begin. An evaluation committee of Orange employees will preselect 10 finalists from the national winners.
  • In October, these finalists will be evaluated by a grand jury of influential representatives from the African tech world, who will choose the three overall winners of the International Grand Prix.
  • This jury will also be responsible for choosing the winner of the International Women’s Prize, from five finalists selected by an evaluation committee made up of Orange’s diversity and inclusion teams.

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should click on the button below to begin their application.

To make your application even easier, gather your supporting information in advance (for example, your logo or presentation) and prepare three supporting statements:

  • Define the problem you wish to solve (max. 200 characters)
  • Describe your proposed solution (max. 200 characters)
  • Create a pitch presentation (max. 1,500 characters)

Deadline: May 22, 2022

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