The 13th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East will open for submissions on Monday, March 13, 2023. Candidates from the 17 countries within the Orange footprint have until May 21, 2023, to submit their project on the website https://POESAM.orange.com
Application Deadline: 21st May 2023 at 9:00pm GMT
About the Award: 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.
Eligibility: Candidates must:
- Be 21 years and over
- Present a social entrepreneurship project based on NICT (New Information and Communication Technologies)
- The candidates must present a project that involves at least one of the 17 countries
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.
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
Eligible Countries: 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.
Number of Awards: 3
Value of Award:
For the International Grand Prix, awards are as follows:
- 1st prize: the payment of an amount of €25,000 (twenty-five thousand
- 2nd prize: the payment of an amount of €15,000 (fifteen thousand
- 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.
If the prize is awarded to an organisation, it will be given to the legal
representative of the organisation.
How to Apply: Submit
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.