€70, 000 Orange Social Venture Prize 2022 Africa & Middle East

Apply for €70, 000 Orange Social Venture Prize 2022 Africa & Middle East.

The Orange Group has been proactively supporting social business initiatives based on New Information and Communications Technologies in Africa and the Middle East for many years.

As such, since 2011, the Competition rewards Projects that launch a new product or a new service which meets the triple objective of: contributing to societal development, developing an innovative offering, and integrating digital technologies in the entrepreneurial solution.

This Competition enables Participants to submit their product or service idea via the Orange poesam website.

Competition process

National phase of the Competition:

Each project will compete in the national phase of the competition in its own country.

Each country organizes a national jury to select the most promising business projects, nominating up to three (3) national winners.

International phase of the Competition:

The three (3) national winners will qualify automatically, without the need to resubmit their Project, for the International Grand Prix, organized by Orange MEA.

The grand jury has the final decision on nominating the 3 overall 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 woman or propose a technological solution aimed at enhancing 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.

Failure to comply with the conditions of participation set out in these rules will invalidate the participation.

Stages of participation in the Competition:

From 28 March 2022 at 09:00am GMT to 27 May 2022 at 9:00pm GMT:

  • Participants will be able to submit their Candidature File via the official website by filling in the entry form online as part of the application submission procedure.
  • Participants will have to validate the International Rules and the national rules to validate his submission. International and national rules are accessible and can be downloaded from the same Site.

From 4 June 2022 until September 2022

  • Examination of Projects
  • Selection of successful Projects
  • Face-to-face, telephone or videoconference Interview

November 2022

The jury will also be responsible for choosing the winner of the International Women’s Prize, from five successful finalists from the evaluation committee made up of Orange’s diversity and inclusion teams.

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.

Duration

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

The Organizing Company reserves the right to postpone, modify, cancel or repeat the Competition if circumstances demand. Any change will be notified by an announcement on the website.

Each Orange affiliate country participating in the Competition locally reserves the right to delay the beginning of its national phase due to local circumstances.

Eligibility

Participation in the Competition is open to natural persons (individuals) and to legal persons (individuals or private organizations) able to prove that their business activity has been up and running for less than three (3) years by the start of the Competition, with access to the internet and an email address.

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

Ideally, the business idea should include a prototype or demo.

Only one entry per household/legal person/IT address (same name, same address) will be acceptable.

By accepting these Rules, the Participant authorizes the Organizing Company to make all the necessary verifications concerning their identity, personal details, registration, or date of birth.

Any erroneous, incomplete, or fraudulent indications will cancel their participation.

Non-Eligible Persons

  • Individuals of less than 21 years at the launch of the Competition.
  • Individuals or organizations with a business that has been running for more than three years by the start of the Competition.
  • Persons having conceded rights to their Project.
  • Persons having collaborated directly in the organization of the Competition (such as employees of the Orange Group working within CSR or members of Orange subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East participating in the organization or jury).
  • Representatives of the national and/or Grand Prix juries and their families.
  • Individuals without a bank account

How to Apply

Because start-ups need to devote their precious time to building and growing their business, it is fast and easy to apply for the national OSVP competition.

3 steps:

  • Create your account (identity, country of residence, contact details, etc.)
  • Read the application guide and describe your business project (country, sector, pitch, etc.)
  • Confirm and send your application

You can save your application as you go to continue the process later. You don’t need to complete a specific document; however, you may attach your logo, a presentation, and any relevant social media or web addresses.

Please note: the same process applies for both the International Grand Prix and the International Women’s Prize.

For other opportunities: Apply for the Chevening/BBC World Service Group Professional Placement Programme here

Plan your 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)

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