Orange opens Social Venture Prize in Africa call for applications


Orange Botswana has opened the call for applications for the 8th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East, which will run until the 31st May 2018.

This prize, awarded by Orange, rewards innovative projects based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which improve the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East in fields such as education, healthcare, Agriculture, mobile payments or sustainable development.

The competition will start with a national phase, during which each of the 17 participating Orange subsidiaries will assess the projects submitted in its country and select three winners.

Orange has indicated that the three winners in Botswana will receive P50, 000, P30, 000 and P20, 000 respectively. This will be followed by an international phase, during which all 51 national winners will compete for an international Grand Prize which will be presented to the three final winners at the AfricaCom Awards event, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in November.

“In addition to their national prizes, the three winners will receive €25,000, €15,000 and €10,000 respectively, as well as six months of personalised support from start-up creation and financing professionals,” the mobile network company said.

Its Public Relations Manager, Boga Chilinde-Masebu says: “Nationally, 53 projects were submitted in 2017, which was an 89% increase from 2016. At Orange, we have a strong ambition to support innovation start-ups. The Orange Social Venture Prize, reaffirms our commitment to being a key player in the innovation space seeking to improve the lives of Batswana”.

Locally, the Orange Social Venture Prize is open to students, employees and entrepreneurs aged 21 and above, whose initiative is under three years old and serves Botswana.