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Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East

Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East

Discover the 5 Winners of the 2023 OSVP

Launched in 2011, the OSVP awards in the 17 countries where Orange operates in Africa and the Middle East recognise innovative projects led by start-ups using information and communication technologies that have a positive social impact in the region. The projects are mainly in the fields of education, health, e-commerce, agriculture, and the environment.

In the first phase of the competition, each of the 17 countries evaluates the applications received at local level and selects 3 winners and up to 3 start-ups as candidates for the women's prize. The winners from each country are then forwarded to the international level, where they are judged by an evaluation committee. This evaluation committee selects the 15 projects that will then be evaluated by the Grand Jury to select the international winners.

In 13 editions, nearly 13,000 applications have been received and 47 entrepreneurs (including this year's winners) have been rewarded.

For this 13th edition, 5 prizes will be awarded:

The International Women's Prize, worth €20,000, is awarded to a start-up whose project is led by a woman and which helps to improve people's living conditions by providing specific solutions to social or environmental problems. This prize reflects Orange's desire to encourage the emancipation of women.

The International Grand Prix rewards three projects with a strong social or environmental impact. The three projects will be awarded:

  • €25,000 for the 1st Prize
  • 15,000 for the 2nd Prize
  • 10,000 for the 3rd Prize

The Special Award of the Jury, worth €10,000, is being awarded for the third time since OSVP was founded, and this year rewards a project that stands out for its originality.

With almost 1,300 entries received this year, only 5 projects will be rewarded at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Kigali, to be held in Rwanda from 17 to 19 October 2023. The names of the winners will be revealed on 18 October 2023 at the awards ceremony, presided over by Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange Group, and Jérôme Hénique, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa (OMEA).