Since 2011, the Orange Social Entrepreneur Award in Côte d’Ivoire (POESCI) rewards technological projects with a positive impact allowing the improvement of the living conditions of populations in Africa and the Middle East, in the fields of education, health, agriculture, mobile payment or even sustainable development and is the first step towards international recognition by the Orange Prize for Social Entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East (POESAM).
Through this national and international event, Orange Côte d’Ivoire underlines its commitment to the emancipation of young Ivorians, by offering them the opportunity to set up projects whose impact will have an impact on the very future of the continent. . Thus, this competition is aimed at entrepreneurs, students or employees over the age of 21, working in start-ups that have been in existence for less than 3 years and which have a positive impact on their communities.
Applications for this 11th edition are open from Tuesday March 9, 2021 to Friday June 4, 2021. The participation criteria are as follows:
• The strength of the social and / or environmental impact of the project;
• The degree of innovation brought to the use of digital means of communication;
• The possibility of extending the distribution of the product or service to several countries;
• The financial viability of the start-up;
• The realistic and operational nature of the project.
Three prizes will be awarded to the winners:
• the 1st winning prize is 3 million FCFA;
• the 2nd winning prize is 2 million FCFA;
• the 3rd winning prize is 1 million FCFA.
These national winners will then participate in the International Grand Prix: Orange Social Entrepreneur Award in Africa and the Middle East (POESAM, Competition organized by Orange MEA), and will have the opportunity to present themselves and if possible to win the Africa Middle East Regional Prize at the AfricaCom Festival, to be held in November 2021 in Capetown. The 2021 edition of what is shaping up to be one of the biggest tech events on the African continent will be chaired by Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East & Africa.
Habib Bamba, Director of Transformation, Digital and Media for Orange Côte d’Ivoire, said: “Developing the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem and providing opportunities for local startuppers are for us a guarantee of economic and social performance. Each year the POESCI Prize jury sees several projects, each as innovative as the next. For Orange Côte d’Ivoire, this is an opportunity to identify the promising entrepreneurs and tech start-ups of tomorrow. As for the participants, this competition represents for them an unprecedented opportunity to expose their projects to actors capable of meeting their needs. Since 2011, 4 Ivorian laureates have won the international prize, including a 1st prize in 2012. It is therefore with pride that Orange Côte d’Ivoire is once again launching this program which highlights the talents and innovations of Ivorian entrepreneurs who will promote the development of the Africa of tomorrow. We invite via https://startup.orange.com/fr/poesam-2/poesam-deposez-votre-candidature/ ”.
Source : Koaci