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.
The Application Process
1st Step – Ensure you are eligible to participate in #POESAM2020
A. Who is eligible?
Entrepreneur: You must be over 21 years old by Monday the 9th of March 2020 or
Legal entity: You have exercised the activity for less than 3 years by Monday the 9th of March 2020.
B. Eligible Countries
Your project is implemented in one of the 17 countries where Orange is present in Africa and the Middle-East. See list of countries below:
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Guinée Bissau
- Guinée Conakry
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Sierra Leone
C. Nature of your project
Your project offers an innovating solution using ICT (mobile or internet) to answer population or environmental needs.
If you meet all these requirements, you may proceed to the 2nd step
2nd Step – Prepare the necessary documents to complete your application form
A. Your project logo
- This is the graphical representation of your project or company
- It allows you to be easily identified and to stand out when projects are published on our internet website
- It is not a mandatory field to submit your application form, but if it exists, we recommend you upload it
- The required format is:
B. Presentation of your project
- This allows assessors and jury members a view on project quality, its maturity and how advanced it is. It is also gives indication about the owner of the project, his or her determination and skills.
- Required format:
- The name of the file must be strictly identical to the name of the project in the first field of the application form
- Your presentation of your technology project must include:
- Short presentation of the project of 1,000 to 2,000 characters: social or environmental issue that you are trying to solve with new technologies;
- Market analysis: Segmentation, SWOT, Competition, Partners (financial, strategic etc.);
- Market opportunity;
- The team;
- 3 year business plan – A business plan template is available at the end of this document
- Evaluation of social impact.
Don’t hesitate to include a link to video if you have one to complete your presentation!
More about the Application Form
- It consists of:
- A « Submit your candidature » form available on website in OSVP section
- A presentation of your project (see page 6 for more details)
- When you have submitted your application and validated the form, you can not modify it.
- If you want to amend it, you need to submit your application again. Only the most recent submission and closest to 5 June 2020 will be taken into account. We do not keep previous versions of your submission.
- In the case you submit your application again, you must use the same identification: Last name – First name/email.
- By participating, you agree to fill all mandatory fields with correct information in order to validate your participation and so you can be contacted in case you are selected.
- Your project will be published here only once it has been validated. Please note there can be several days between your form submission and the publication of your project on the website. If after one week, your project has not been published, you can send an email or fill out the contact form available here
- If your application contains any text or image that is judged inappropriate then it will not be validated and will not be published on the website; it will also not be a valid candidature for the contest.
Note: No incomplete, erroneous, false, counterfeit or fraudulent entry may be considered and will be sanctioned by formal and definitive prohibition from participating in the Competition.
3rd step – Fill out the application form
The form has:
- 2 pages: ‘Personal information’ (page1) et ‘Project information’ (page 2)
- Mandatory fields are marked by *
- Drop-down menu for: ‘Country of deployment for the project ’ and ‘Sector’
Below is some advice to complete your project information some of which will be published on our website.
What problem does your company want to solve?
Present here the social and/or environmental issue that you are trying to solve with new technologies. You have 200 characters maximum.
What solution does your company provide?
Describe her your proposed solution. You have 200 characters maximum. Capture the readers’ attention, stand out from competition.
Describe your project
This is a decisive input. You need to convince the reader of your project’s relevance. You have 1,000 to1 500 characters maximum. Show your firm grasp of the topic.
My project aims to improve living conditions for women?
In 2020, there is an international women award in additional to the other awards in the Grand Prize. If your project is beneficial for women (women
empowerment, creating or preserving jobs, gender data collection, digital or financial inclusion…), please answer ‘Yes’ to the question in order to attempt to win €20,000.
My project allows, through digital technology, to improve the daily life of so-called « vulnerables » (personne en situation de handicap, d’exclusion, de précarité sociale et économique…)?
If you are making digital technology an opportunity for all and your project
improves the daily life of ‘vulnerable’ people (disabled or marginalised people or those who are socially and financially disadvantaged, etc.), answer ‘Yes’ to the question in order to attempt to win €10,000.
More about the Orange Social Venture Prize in 2020
Since 2011, the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East has been part of an approach to detect and support start-ups. The competition starts with a national phase during which each of the 17 Orange subsidiaries taking part will examine the projects submitted in its country and nominate three winners maximum. Then there will be a second international phase in which the winners from each country, up to 54 winners in total, will compete before an international panel which will award the OSVP grand prize.
Furthermore, the 10 international finalists will have the opportunity to receive personalised support from experts in founding and financing new companies.
10 years of support to technological start-ups with a positive impact!
Two additional prizes to celebrate POESAM’s 10th anniversary: one women award and one 10th year special award
So this year a total of 5 Prizes will be awarded for the international Grand Prize.
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