Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Orange Africa Venture Prize 2012

Deadline: September 21st 2012




I came across this venture prize from Savvy Kenya blog post and thought it relevant since checking its previous winners(last year) , i realize Agriculture category scooped the first prize. 
These 2011 Winners included:
1. Tele-Irrigation-Horticole by Abdou Maman Kane which allows for growers to irrigate their crops using mobile phones regardless of their geographical locations.Check his venture description in the 2011 winners note above.(Note: For English speakers,you will need the services of Google translate)
2. Agasha by Sharon Againe~A project meant to maintain an online business market with the aim of promoting small businesses in Africa,in the global market.
3. Kachile by Ulf Ritcher~whose objective is to promote Kachile African crafts especially in the sales section.

The 2012 edition
It aims at promoting social innovation by rewarding ventures using ICTs for developmental purposes.These projects range from e-health, Mobile banking,Mobile apps for Agriculture or education.

Prizes:
They comprise of a monetary award,and a 6 month mentorship under guidance of the experts.
The 3 winners will be awarded on the basis of their ICTs related projects that have the capability of addressing African needs on the confines of Orange footprints areas.(See the countries list)The  monetary award is thus:

 1st prize : € 25 000
 2nd prize : € 15 000
 3rd prize : € 10 000

Rules for Participation:

  • Participants must be more than 21 years old.
  • They(students, entrepreneurs or companies) must be operational since June2009.
  • The project must target one of the Orange footprint areas above.
  • The project must utilize ICTs to help improve the living conditions of the local populations.
For more information on the same, contact  orange.socialventure@starafricateam.com .
Check out these pages too: Rules ,2011 Winners ,Challenge 2012 edition , Project submision Tips among others in their  Website

Good Luck to all who give it a try!