Orange Egypt Announces the Results of the 10th Edition of the Local Competition “Orange Social Venture Prize 2020”
Monday 14 September 2020 15:04 - الإثنين ٢٧ محرّم ١٤٤٢
By ; Saber Mohamed
Orange Egypt has announced the results of the Orange Social Venture Competition in Egypt that was held through a video conference where 3 Egyptian teams were selected among innovative entrepreneurs to participate in the Orange Social Venture in Africa and the Middle East. A jury of leading experts and businessmen has announced the top three winners where “Vexls” team won the first place for inventing a graphic design platform for Non-Professionals, in second place was “Ideasgym” team who presented an innovative online educational content and “My Angel” team came in third place for their mobile widget that helps hearing and vision impaired communicate by phone and video.
Accordingly, the three winning teams have been nominated for prizes worth EUR 50,000 in the international competition of Africa and the Middle East, in addition to the financial awards that were given to them by Orange Egypt.
In addition to the main competition, Nabta Health won the best project for empowering women on the sidelines of the competition. Orange Social Venture Prize mainly focuses on supporting startups and entrepreneurs, along with providing great support to developers who harness modern technologies to serve the community with its various categories and seek to simplify the use of complex technology to be more widespread among the majority of those interested in developing their skills.
Furthermore, the projects were evaluated according to specific criteria monitored by a group of professional juries, namely Prof. Dr. Medhat El-Messiri, Professor of Physics at the Faculty of Biochemical Engineering at Cairo University, and Ms.
Sabreen Assem, Co-founder, and CEO of UNTAP. The jury also included Ibrahim Farag, MBA, PMP, CSM, B.E, R&I Senior Manager at Valeo Egypt, Michael Mounir, Sr. Manager, Digital Services, Online Channels, E-Payments, Transformation at Orange Egypt, and Dr. Nadia Zakhari, former Minister of Scientific Research and Professor of Cancer Biology Department at the National Cancer Institute, Cairo University. Orange Social Venture - which has become a vital platform that reinforces entrepreneurs- is divided into two qualifying stages. The first one is a local competition held in each country out of the 17 countries where Orange operates in the Middle East and Africa.
The winners from each country undergo different qualifying stages until they reach the final phase. The fin ceremony will be held next November, and 3 winners will be selected. Besides Egypt, the competing countries include Tunisia, Senegal, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
Commenting on this occasion, Hala Abdel Wadood, Head of Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Orange Egypt said that she is thrilled that Orange Social Venture Egypt reached its final stage after an interesting marathon through which different experiences have been exchanged among different companies and entrepreneurs.
“The conclusion of the local competition is the beginning of an extremely amusing phase of the Orange Social Venture, whereas projects from different countries demonstrate the problems of their societies and the youth’s vision to solve them in innovative technical ways.
We are genuinely delighted because such events are more than a normal competition; they are like workshops that include innovative people where all are winners as they gain great experience by competing with entrepreneurs from the different countries participating in the competition,” she added.