The names of the winning projects were revealed at the Mobile Word Congress Africa on 26 October 2022 held in Kigali, Rwanda, during an award ceremony hosted by Elizabeth Tchoungui, Group EVP CSR, Diversity and Philanthropy and Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation along with Jérôme Hénique, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa. The 12th Orange Social Venture Prize selected five projects from the 15 finalists, all for their positive social and/or environmental impact. They will now receive a financial award and support to aid their business development.
International Woman’s Prize:
This is a digital platform that connects women who’d like to enter the workforce or come back to work with educational and career opportunities worldwide. The difference with iRole is that jobs can be done remotely, ensuring better work-life balance through a home-based career.
prize awarded only for the second time in 12 years of the competition:
Jury’s favorite “Coup de cœur”: Abana – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Promoter: Eunice NOADIA
The Abana e-commerce platform helps people buy, sell, and share items to raise the profile of the Congolese fashion sector around the world. It helps to create jobs and promote the financial and digital inclusion of women: the real pillars of the industry.
International Grand Prix winners:
This digital health platform is designed to address the problem of acute shortages in blood products in the country’s health care delivery system. The system is designed to, among other things: increase public awareness about safe blood services; increase the level of voluntary blood donation in the population; and improve the operating efficiency of facilities administering blood services as well as the National Safe Blood Service.
The start-up produces and installs a 2.3 m3 mini reactor at the customer’s premises, which includes a two-burner stove equipped with a smart meter and solar panel and connected to the cloud. The logistics team supplies each mini reactor and then collects the waste and also monitors the equipment remotely in real time. The reactor produces biogas on a continual basis, which can be used for cooking.
Kamioun is a mobile app to help corner shops improve their supply chain. The start-up offers a single interface to connect small retailers in Tunisia with 500+ FMCG products and delivers within 24 hours across Tunis.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the resilience and creativity shown by start-ups in the region during this period, defining tangible responses to various needs and in a context made more complex by the global health crisis and its multi-dimensional threats.”
Belote BA, Deputy CEO of Operations, OMEA
“A huge thank you to our teams for their commitment, to all the candidates for the wonderful projects we have been delighted to discover, and my heartfelt congratulations to the winners!”
Elizabeth Tchoungui, Group EVP CSR, Diversity and Philanthropy and Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation
On stage in Kigali, Rwanda on October 26, 2022
OSVP 2022 in key figures
17 countries involved
1,370 applications collected
5 prizes awarded