Orange Social Venture Prize


The Orange Social Venture Prize aims to promote the development of positive-impact companies and start-ups that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve living conditions for local populations.


In 2020, The Orange Social Venture Prize is celebrating its 10th edition and launches on this occasion the international women award! To celebrate this anniversary a special 10th year prize is also to be won. A total of 5 prizes will therefore be awarded by the jury of the international Grand Prize.

In addition to the prizes awarded in the national competitions and the funding paid to the 3 winners of the international Grand Prize, the 3 winners will benefit from mentoring from an entrepreneurship professional via Orange.

This mentoring is also offered to the 10 international finalists, so 7 start-ups (in addition to the 3 winners of the International Grand Prize) will benefit from it.


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Orange by your side

Our assistance programs and services for innovation are unique in their maturity and diversity.

We offer support programs and services at every moment of the life of your project. It is still an idea, it has already resulted in the creation of a startup, or your startup already mature requires increased efficiency.

We offer exchange platforms, facilitate access to our networks and services through API (Application Programming Interface), create acceleration mechanisms or specific incubation media for the financing and management.


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What if your project was the next big thing?

Orange identifies, supports and promotes digital talents, instigators of change. Give your startup a chance and benefit from the 10th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle-East.


You have until the 5 June 2020 to submit your project to one of the national Prizes and try to be selected for the International Grand Prix where you’ll have the chance to win €25,000, €15,000 or €10,000.


New this year: an international women award of €20,000 is added to the 3 international endowments.

You are a woman or your project contributes to women’s empowerment? The international women award is made for you!

And to celebrate the Prize’s 10th anniversary, a special prize for a value of €10,000 will also be awarded.


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Answers to your questions

Social entrepreneurship is the use of creative, innovative economic approaches to develop projects and organizations to meet social and environmental needs (access to healthcare, education, energy, employment, agricultural, information, and so on). Basically, it's entrepreneurship, but with the central goal of having a social and/or environmental business impact rather than simply business impact.

The Orange Social Venture Prize rewards projects or start-ups created less than three years ago that offer high-tech solutions based on mobiles or the Internet to meet the needs of the populations in Africa and the Middle-East. The Award embodies the Group’s values and commitments in the MEA region.

The international women award rewards either a woman, or a project offering a technological solution to improve the living conditions of women (women’s independence, creating or maintaining jobs, data collection on gender, digital inclusion and financial inclusion …). The international women award embodies the Group’s commitment to women’s entrepreneurship.

As part of the Group’s strategy, whose ambition is to make digital technology an opportunity for everyone, the special 10th year prize will reward a project that improves the daily life of “vulnerable” people (disabled or marginalised people or those who are socially and financially disadvantaged, etc.).

Launched in 2011, the Prize is celebrating its 10th year and Orange teams in the region have been strongly engaged to make it happen. Since 2017, the Prize evolved in order to reward more startups: a first phase of national competitions takes place in the participating Orange countries (refer to the list of countries in the Rules document online https://startup.orange.com/en) and each country designates up to 3 national winners who automatically enter the International Grand Prize competition.

For this 10th anniversary, Orange will be rewarding more start-ups with the launch of the international women award and the special 10th year prize specific to this edition.

No, each participant must submit their project only once by selecting the country of deployment of the project in the online registration form. The 3 winners from each country will automatically be positioned to enter the International Grand Prize competition in order to win €25,000 - €15,000 or €10,000.

For entrepreneurs who wish to participate in the two additional prizes, they have to indicate it on the registration form by answering “Yes” to the following questions:

  • My project aims to improve living conditions for women?
  • My project allows, through digital technology, to improve the daily life of so-called "vulnerable" people (people in a situation of disability, exclusion, social and economic insecurity...)?

They are people who identify a social need and use entrepreneurial approaches to create projects and organizations. They are often passionate, creative and like risk-taking.

Entrepreneurs over the age of 21 and start-ups operating for less than three years can qualify for the Prize.

There are no nationality requirements.

The projects must be implemented in one of the following countries in which Orange operates in Africa and the Middle-East, and listed in the Contest Rules.

The eligible countries are: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.

The candidates have to submit their application form online at https://startup.orange.com/en, by going to the “Orange Social Venture Prize” registration form.

The application must comply with the competition rules, also available on https://startup.orange.com/en.

In order to increase your chances of success in the Orange Social Venture Prize 2020, an Entrepreneur’s Guide is available in the OSVP section of the website.

https://startup.orange.com/en is the Orange internet portal dedicated to start-ups around the world, whatever their stage of maturity.

It is the media that allows relaying the contest on the web and organizing the subscription process. For more information, visit https://startup.orange.com/en

The Prize will be officially launched on 9 March 2020. Candidates can therefore submit their application as of 9 March 2020 (09:00 GMT) on https://startup.orange.com/en. The deadline for submissions is 5 June 2020 (9:00pm GMT).

The national juries will meet and nominate up to 3 national winners by country in September 2020 and the International Grand Jury will meet in October to select the 3 winners of the International Grand Prize. A novelty this year, two additional prizes will be awarded by the International Grand Jury: an international women's prize and a special 10th year prize.

For this 10th edition, a total of 5 winners will therefore be designated by the International Grand Jury. The international award ceremony will take place on November at the AfricaCom, the telecoms reference conference in Africa that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The juries are made up of members who are all professionals working in the ICT, innovation or development sectors, mainly in Africa and the Middle-East.

The jury will consider the social and environmental impact of the projects, their degree of innovation, the possibility of expanding the product or service to several countries and the financial viability and feasibility of the projects submitted.