Orange contributes to socio-economic development and supports technical innovation as a key part of our corporate social responsibility. Since 2011, the annual Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East rewards three entrepreneurial projects that use technology to improve living conditions in African and Middle Eastern countries.
These projects are aimed at helping the poorest socio-economic groups through innovations in mobile banking, telemedicine, and digital applications for education or agriculture, etc. They are often associated with the growing use of mobile phones in Africa.
In 2016, an expert jury awarded three winners from among the eleven finalists. Ten were pre-selected for best meeting the participation criteria, and one was chosen by Internet users, the "people’s choice". The prizewinners share the sum of 50,000 Euros and benefit from six months’ support by entrepreneurs, ICT and venture capitalists. Winners are also offered the chance to patent their solution in their country.