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Orange launches the third edition of Orange African Social Venture Prize

Global telecommunications company Orange has launched the third Orange African Social Venture Prize (OASVP), promoting social innovations in support of development using ICT.

Entrepreneurs aged 21 and above, or a company that has existed for less than three years, regardless of nationality, can enter the awards free of charge.

The projects submitted must have plans to deploy their solution in at least one of the African countries where Orange operates and make innovative use of ICT to improve the living conditions of the people in those countries.

The deadline for applications is September 20, 2013, via the Star Africa portal

The top three projects will receive a financial grant of up to US$32,850, as well as a six month tailored mentorship provided by entrepreneurial and ICT experts.

This year’s edition will see internet users voting online for their favourite project.

The project voted “online favourite” will be submitted directly to the jury along with 10 other finalists pre-selected by judges.

Forty-five of the 437 entries submitted last year for selection were from Kenya - the second highest number of applications from an individual country.