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Following on from the success of the first two programmes, run in 2011 and 2012, today Orange is launching the third Orange African Social Venture Prize. The project promotes social innovations in support of development that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Orange, which is present in 18 African countries and boasts over 70 million customers, is seeking to become a major player in the economic and social development of every one of these countries. The Group has decided to contribute to the development of the local markets for new technologies through its ‘Orange for Development’ programme and to propose innovative solutions which meet the needs of the local population. In this context, and as part of its innovation strategy as well as its Corporate Social Responsibility policy, that the Group has decided to launch the Orange African Social Venture Prize.
In a release on Orange official site, the call for projects has received more than 1,000 applications over the past two years, a figure that reflects a true entrepreneurial spirit and the potential for telecommunications on the African continent.
Encouraging the use of ICTs for development
This year, the Orange African Social Venture Prize will once again reward three entrepreneurs or start-ups offering products or services that make innovative use of ICTs to meet the needs of people on the African continent in fields as varied as healthcare, agriculture, education, energy, industry and trade.
For example, the prizewinning projects in 2012 involved mobile technology used to assist traders in food products in Ivory Coast (Vivuus Limited), a system launched in Kenya to improve the treatment of waste (Takachar) and the creation of an e-commerce site to allow people in the Senegalese diaspora to shop online for their families in Dakar.
This year, internet users will once again be able to vote online for their favourite project using the Orange portal in Africa www.StarAfrica.com. The project voted “online favourite” will be submitted directly to the jury along with the other finalists’ projects preselected by the experts and will therefore have the maximum possible chance of being among the three winners of the 2013 Awards. In 2012, the Egyptian start-up “Innovative Electronic Employment Platform” won the prize with more than 50,000 votes.
Supporting social entrepreneurs
Orange has committed to providing financial support and placing its expertise at the service of the entrepreneurs who win the competition. In addition to prize money ranging from 10,000 to 25,000 Euros, the three winners will also receive support from professional entrepreneurs and ICT experts for a period of six months. In another new initiative this year, the project submitted by the winner of the first prize will be patented by Orange in the country where it is deployed.
Who can take part?
Any entrepreneur aged 21 or over, or company that has existed for less than three years at the time of the competition, regardless of nationality, can enter the awards free of charge. The projects submitted must have plans to deploy their service in at least one of the African countries where Orange is present and make innovative use of information and communication technologies to contribute to improving the living conditions of people in those countries.
Applications may be submitted between 14 May and 20 September 2013 using the Orange portal in Africa: www.starafrica.com.
Discover the details of the competition on www.starafrica.com, and the presentation of the Orange African Social Venture Prize on video on http://www.orange-innovation.tv/en/webtv/international-en/africa/orange_african_social_venture_prize_2013
Diamond Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, is sponsoring five customers to the China Canton Fair to further boost their international business exposure.
The China Canton Fair is a bi-annual trade fair that commenced in 1957 and has since held every April and October for a two week period. Every year, the fair attracts hordes of businessmen from around the globe.
Speaking at a pre-departure dinner the Bank hosted for the customers in Lagos, GMD/CEO, Diamond Bank Plc, Dr. Alex Otti, said Diamond Bank is very appreciative of these customers, adding that, “As a bank we try as much as possible to recognize our customers particularly when they have been loyal and when they have told our story.”
Manchester United has signed an eight-year deal worth nearly $240m with Aon to sponsor the club’s training ground and training kit as the US insurance broker hopes to secure a place in the hearts of the football club’s huge Asian fan base.
In an attempt to retain links with the club and its growing fanbase across Asia, its training ground at Carrington will be renamed the Aon Training Complex and Aon replaces DHL as the club’s training kit sponsor.
As part of its promise to provide an enduring consumer experience to UEFA Championâ€™s league followers in Nigeria, Heineken, a premium brand from the stable of Nigerian Breweries has announced its plan to sponsor five lucky Nigerian Heineken consuming football fans to this yearâ€™s final in Germany.
The winners will enjoy an all expense paid trip to witness the final match of the UEFA Champions League at the Alianze Arena, Germany on May 19, 2012.
During a press briefing held in Lagos recently at the premium Heineken Champions Planet, the brand outlined several exciting programmes to give its consumers a premium experience. These programmes includes among others, the StarPlayer game, an innovative interactive digital game to further engage all visitors while matches are in progress.
All Heineken consumers in Nigeria stand a chance to be part of the exclusive experience at the Heineken Champions Planet. In premium bar spots across the country, invitations for the Heineken Champions Planet, UCL devices other high value gifts can be won by our loyal Heineken consumers. More so, quizzes will be held at half-time during live UCL match nights on AIT and at the Heineken Facebook page where invitations and prizes can be won.
According to the brand, the pleasure and stimulation of the competition will not be limited to the Champions Planet alone but also bring all the matches to Nigerians through a terrestrial TV sponsorship.
All the excitement happening at the Heineken Champions Planet will be shared across the nation through episodes during the UCL match nights on terrestrial and cable TV.
Heineken Champions Planet has incorporated the brandâ€™s innovative interactive digital game, StarPlayer, in a demo room on the first floor. The game will offer the users the chance to further enhance their UEFA Champions League viewing experience by trying to anticipate what will happen next in a particular game in order to score points and will be running a number of leagues throughout the season with exclusive prizes on offer to winning players.