Orange Social Venture Prize

14th November 2017

We are pleased to have been involved with the Orange Social Venture Prize for the second year running. The contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible business project in Africa and the Middle East. All 11 of the Grand Prize finalists are partnered with a Grow Movement Volunteer Consultant to help them build their social enterprises.

In 2017, the winners are:

Manzer Partazer (Madagascar), 1st prize (25,000€)
The objective of the Malagasy start-up is to reduce food waste by sharing excess food from restaurants, hotels or supermarkets with partner organisations such as orphanages and disadvantaged populations. A collaborative platform will allow direct communication between different stakeholders.

City Taps (Niger), 2nd prize (15,000€)
This venture bridges the gap between water services and the most disadvantaged citizens: a pre-payment service which includes a smart water meter and billing software. The beneficiaries use their mobile to prepay for running water with any mobile phone, at any time, for any amount, which improves their household budget.

eFret.tn (Tunisia), 3rd prize (10,000€)
This website is based on the freight exchange principle. It links up senders, whether private individuals or companies, with transport and transit professionals in Tunisia. The senders publish adverts describing their needs and receive free quotations from carriers, movers, international transport companies and customs forwarding agents.

Le Génie Edu (Cameroon), Special Orange Content Prize (5,000€)
This e-learning platform aims to help students having problems by providing online video courses. The start-up wants every student, including those in remote areas, to have access to high-quality courses at a very low cost, anytime and anywhere.

We look forward to working with all of these inspiring entrepreneurs and to helping them further develop their ventures!

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