Rules and explanations

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Social entrepreneurship is about creating a viable business activity to meet social and environmental needs (access to healthcare, education, energy, employment, agricultural information etc). Basically, it’s entrepreneurship, but with the central goal of having a positive social impact. 

The Orange Social Venture Prize is awarded to three entrepreneurs or start-ups created less than three years ago. The winners offer high-tech solutions (mobile or internet) to meet the needs of the poorest populations in Africa and the Middle East. The award embodies the Group’s values and commitments in the MEA region.

The Prize will celebrate its 9th edition in 2019. First launched in 2011, it is a major event for our subsidiaries in the region. This year, it is evolving to reward more start-ups: a first phase of national competitions takes place in participating Orange countries (download the Contest Rules to see the full list) and each country will nominate their top 3 winners to compete in the international Grand Prix.

No, each participant can only apply once by selecting their country of deployment in the online application form. The 3 winners from each country will automatically qualify to compete in the international Grand Prix. 

These are the change agents who identify a social need and are entrepreneurial in the way they create solutions and organisations to respond to it. They are often passionate, creative, risk-taking, and leaders in society

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, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Central African Republic, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.

Candidates can submit their application form online at, in the Orange Social Venture Prize section. is the Orange portal dedicated to start-ups. This channel hosts the online part of the competition and organises all the entries. For more information visit:


The 2019 Prize officially launched on 4 March 2019. The deadline for submissions was 30 May 2019 (9pm GMT). The national juries will met and nominated the three national winners by country in September 2019 and the International Grand Jury will meet in October to select the three winners of the international Grand Prix.

The international award ceremony will take place on 13 November at the AfricaCom Awards, the largest telecoms conference in Africa, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The national and international 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. This year, the International Grand Jury will be chaired by Cheik Tidiane Mbaye, ex CEO of Sonatel (Senegal).

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.

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