Applications are opened to entrepreneurs that have a positive societal impact in Africa and the Middle East to apply for the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East.

Every year, it rewards the best technological projects with a positive impact in Africa and the Middle East. The competition is organized in two stages: first a national competition in 17 countries; then an international jury selects the winners of the Grand Prix.

For the second consecutive year, Orange will reward more start-ups with the International Women’s Prize worth €20,000. This prize will reward any project carried by a woman or aimed at improving women’s living conditions.


The International Grand Prize which rewards three prizewinners with prizes of €10,000 (3rd place) to €25,000 (1st place), in 2020 Orange launched the International Women’s Prize with a value of €20,000, sponsored by the Orange Group Diversity and Inclusion Department. This prize will either go to a woman, or to 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 and financial inclusion, etc.).

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Selection Criteria

  • You’re a student, employee or entrepreneur over 21 years old.
  • Your business launched at least 3 years before the competition start date.
  • Your business is based in one of the following countries:
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guinea Conakry
  • Jordan
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tunisia

Key dates!

Apply between Tuesday 9 March 2021 (9am GMT) until 4 June 2021 (9pm GMT). The first national phase of the competition will take place between June and the end of August and the international competition will run from mid-September to mid-October.   

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