Orange Social Venture Prize 2019 for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East ( 50,000 Euros Prize)

Application Deadline: May 30th 2019

The Orange Social Venture Prize contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible business projects in Africa and the Middle East. This 9th edition unfolds in two phases: first the candidates participate to a national competition, then an international jury gives a grand prize to the best national winners. At both the national and international step, the viewers of this site can vote to add a name to the jury shortlist.


Participation in the Competition is open to natural persons aged over 21years at the date of the initiation of the Competition mentioned in article 2 of the Regulations and to legal persons able to prove that they have exercised their activity for less than three (3) years on the day the Competition is initiatedwith access to the Internet and having an e-mail address (hereinafter the”Participant”/the “Participants”).Excluded from the Competition participation are:

-Natural persons of less than 21years;

-Legal persons who have exercised their activity for over three years on the day on which the Competition is initiated;-Persons having conceded rights to their Project

-Persons having collaborated directly in the organisation of the Competition (such as personnel of the Orangegroup belonging to the CSR MEA and Partnerships departments, the members of the subsidiaries in Africaand the Middle-East participating in the organisation of the Prize and Innovacom personnel);

-The professionals of the national juries as well as the jury members of the international Grand Prix and their families;-Natural or legal person without personal bank account.

Participation conditions

The Competition is accessible only via the Internet.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, Burkina-Faso,Cameroon, Egypt, Guinea Conakry,Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Jordan,Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Liberia, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republicof the Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leonne and Tunisia

Composition of the entry file

The participants must complete and send the participation form and the project file via the Site within the given deadlines.

These two documents will be the only documents consulted during the pre-selection phase -as such in Article 5.3 of this Rules. The application file (hereinafter ‘Dossier’ or ‘Candidature File’) contains:

1.Entry form: It is available on line and should be filled in directly on the SiteAsterisked fields must be filled in to validate the entry.

2.Entry file relative to the Project

The format authorised is that of a file in PDF format of 10Mb maximum.

Important:The name of the said file must be strictly identical to the name of the project mentioned in the first field of the entry form.

The elements for constituting the Project File are the following:

1.Summary presentation of the Project: between 1000and 2000characters

2.Analysis of the market

3.Identification of the market opportunity

4. Presentation of the product/service proposed

5.Information about the management team

6.Financial forecasts

7.Evaluation of the societal impact

Awards and rules

  • 1st Grand Prize: €25,000
  • 2nd Grand Prize: €15,000
  • 3rd Grand Prize: €10,000

Orange experts provide the winners with customised digital mentoring and advice. These international awards complete the various prizes delivered locally to national winners.

The new edition of the contest, for the ninth year in a row, is looking for the best business venture projects using technological innovation in the service of the society and/or the environment. If you are an entrepreneur with a project or a project idea to be deployed in one of the 18 participating countries, you can apply to the Orange Social Venture Prize Africa and Middle East, starting today and for the next three months.

Unchanged features
There are two contests in one: first, the projects compete for national awards against other projects deployed in the same country; then, the winners compete in an international competition, with a different jury and higher stakes. The three international winners get back home with prizes of 25000, 15000 and €10000. If you are looking for support for your social- and environment-minded project, apply through the registration form.

The new: easier registration, videos
From now on, the registration form first requires you to create an Entrepreneur Club account (to be used only for the contest). You can then fill in the registration form in as many steps as you need, till the end of the registration phase. Click on Preview or Validate to save your current answers to the form questions. Clicking Validate does also send your application to the evaluation process, so save that for the end, although you are still free to modify your application afterwards.

Moreover, this year, the candidates have the option of linking to a short YouTube video pitch of their project. Both Internet users and project evaluators will be able to watch this short (90 seconds max) video on the public page of the application.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Orange Social Venture Prize 2019


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