3 March 2017


Call for candidates for the 7th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East

Applications for the 7th edition of the Orange (www.Orange.com) Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East (OSVPAM) are being accepted until 6 June 2017 21:00 GMT in the “Orange Social Venture Prize” pages of the website www.EntrepreneurClub.orange.com.

As in previous years, the OSVPAM will be awarded to innovative projects which make use of information and communication technologies to improve living conditions for the peoples of Africa and the Middle East in fields such as health, finance, education and agriculture.

New for this 7th edition, the competition will start with a national phase during which each of Orange’s 17 participating subsidiaries will examine projects submitted in its country and will designate three winners. The next phase will be an international one in which the winners of each country – 51 in all – will compete before an international panel of judges for the OSVPAM Grand Prize, with three winners receiving their awards during the AfricaCom Awards Ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, on 8 November 2017. In addition to national prizes, the three international winners will receive 25,000 euros, 15,000 euros and 10,000 euros respectively, along with support from professionals in start-up creation and funding.

OSVPAM is open to any student, employee or entrepreneur over the age of 21 whose initiative is less than 3 years old and who lives in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Jordan, Liberia or Burkina Faso.

Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange group and CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, commented “With a record 750 candidates in 2016, the success of the OSVPAM prize with entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East speaks for itself. This year, 17 countries in which we operate will recognize 3 winners, the better to promote the local start-up ecosystem, in addition to the winners at the international level. This is our way of reaffirming our ambition of becoming a major partner, in particular by showcasing innovation that serves people.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Orange.

You Can Now Nominate Candidates for the 2017 Kenya Blog Awards

We have extended the submission phase to March 10

We have extended the submission phase of the BAKE Awards 2017 to 10th March 2017. The previous deadline was, today, 10th February 2017.

We made the decision to extend the submission deadline in order to give bloggers more time to submit their blogs into the competition.

The new dates for the awards are as follows:

  1. Submission phase – January 9th 2017 to March 10th 2017
  2. Judging phase – March 11th 2017 to March 24th 2017
  3. Online voting – March 27th 2017 to May 9th 2017
  4. Winners’ Gala Event – May 13th 2017

The submission phase was launched on January 9th 2017 and we have been accepting blog submissions since then. We recently announced the addition of a new category, Human Rights, which is sponsored by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC). Ford Motors have also come on board as sponsors of the Lifestyle category.

Bloggers or their fans can submit their blogs in the competition by going to bakeawards.co.ke/submit.