The Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East
Having become a benchmark contest, the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East (POESAM) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Every year, it rewards the best technological projects with a positive impact in Africa and the Middle East.
The competition is organised in two stages: first a national competition in 17 countries; then an international jury chooses the Grand Prix winners. To mark its 10th anniversary, Orange will reward even more start-ups, with the launch of the international women’s prize worth €20,000 and the addition of a “special prize” worth €10,000 specific to this edition. A total of 5 prizes will therefore be awarded by the international Grand Prix jury.
In addition to an award of up to €25,000, the Grand Prix winners benefit from personalised support from Orange experts, and high media coverage of their project on the continent and beyond.
Participation in the Competition is open to natural persons (individuals) aged over 21 years at the date of the initiation of the Competition mentioned in article 3 of the Regulations and to legal persons (individuals or private organisations) able to prove that they have run their business activity for less than three (3) years on the day the Competition is initiated, with access to the internet and an email address.
Excluded from the Competition participation are:
! Individuals of less than 21 years at the date of the launch of the Competition;
! Individuals or organisations who have runtheir business activity for over three years on the day on which the Competition is initiated;
! Individuals having conceded rights to their Project;
! Individuals having collaborated directly in the organisation of the Competition (such as personnel of the Orange Group belonging to the MEA CSR and Partnerships departments, members of the subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East participating in the organisation of the Prize and Innovacom personnel);
! Representatives of the national juries as well as the jury members of the international Grand Prix and their families;
! Individuals without a personal bank account.
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, Côte d'Ivoire, Jordan, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Liberia, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.
The Project must involve Information and Communications Technologies and have a societal impact.
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