Launch of the 12th edition of the Orange Award for Social Entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East (POESAM)

Registration for the 12th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East begins on March 28. Until May 27, candidates will be able to submit their application on the page

POESAM was launched in 2011 and during its 11 editions has awarded approximately € 555,000 to projects by African entrepreneurs with social and environmental consequences in various sectors: health, education, e-commerce or agriculture.

The competition takes place in two stages:

  • A national phase for collecting applications, which takes place between March and the end of May in the 17 Orange subsidiaries. At the end of this collection, a jury of representatives of the Orange startup ecosystem will meet in each subsidiary to nominate 3 national winners (per subsidiary) who will enter the international phase;
  • An international phase where the projects of the 3 winners from each subsidiary will be evaluated by a committee consisting of the group’s employees. Once their evaluations are completed, 10 finalists will be selected. A final jury, composed of influential personalities in technology in Africa, will be responsible for nominating the 3 winners of the POESAM International Grand Prix in October. They will be rewarded with:
  • € 25,000 for 1uh award recipient;
    • € 15,000 for the 2th award recipient;
    • € 10,000 for 3th winner.

Equality between women and men is an integral part of Orange’s policy, the International Women’s Prize will be awarded to the years in a row. Supported by the Orange Group’s diversity and inclusion worth € 20,000, this award will reward either a project led by a woman or a project that proposes a technological solution to improve women’s living conditions (empowerment of women, creation or job retention, gender data collection , digital inclusion and financial inclusion …).

Discover the winners of the 11th edition: orient-under-africa-tech-festival /

For more information on POESAM, visit the website:

Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and had 135 million customers per year. 31 December 2021. With 6.4 billion euros in revenue in 2021, the Orange MEA Group is the leading growth area. Orange Money, its mobile money transfer and financial services available in 17 countries, has more than 60 million customers. Orange, a multi-service operator, a leading partner in digital transformation, brings its know-how to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East.

About Orange

Orange is one of the largest telecommunications operators in the world with a turnover of 42.5 billion euros in 2021 and 140,000 employees per year. 31 December 2021, of which 78,000 in France. The group served 271 million customers per. December 31, 2021, including 224 million mobile customers and 23 million fixed broadband customers. The group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also one of the world leaders in telecommunications services for multinational companies under the Orange Business Services brand. In December 2019, the Group presented its new strategic plan

“Engage 2025”, which, guided by social and environmental excellence, aims to reinvent its operator profession. While accelerating in territories and areas with growth potential and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group intends to be an attractive and responsible employer suited to new professions.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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