Rules and explanations

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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 eleventh edition this year and has particularly mobilized the teams of our subsidiaries in the region. 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 and each country designates up to 3 national winners who automatically enter the International Grand Prize competition. For this eleventh edition, Orange will reward more start-ups with the continuity of the International Women’s Award. 

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 additional prize, simply indicate this on the registration form by answering “Yes” to the following question:

  • 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, by going to the “Orange Social Venture Prize” registration form. The application must comply with the competition rules, also available on In order to increase your chances of success in the Orange Social Venture Prize 2021, an Entrepreneur’s Guide is available in the OSVP section of the website. 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

The official launch takes place on March 09, 2021. Applicants can submit their applications as of 09 March 2021 (09:00 GMT) on […] The deadline for submission of applications is 04 June 2021 (21:00 GMT).

The national juries will meet and nominate up to 3 national winners per country during September 2021 and the International Grand Jury will meet in October to select the 3 International Grand Prize winners and the International Women’s Prize winner.

For this eleventh edition, a total of 4 winners will be designated by the international 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.