Botswana’s Modisar Wins Orange African Social Venture Prize

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Modisar, a livestock farm management application – which works on desktop, web and mobile- that makes it easy for a farmer to manage the farm has won the first prize in the 2014 edition of the Orange Africa Social Venture Prize.

This prize, launched in 2011, aims to support the development of entrepreneurs and start-ups that offer solutions using information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the needs of people living in Africa.

More than 450 candidates responded to the call for projects, which ran from May to September 2014, demonstrating the underlying entrepreneurial vitality that exists on the African continent. Proposed projects spanned a variety of fields such as healthcare, agriculture, education, energy, industry and commerce illustrating the high potential of telecommunications for development in Africa.

The panel of judges, consisting of Orange specialists, the media and institutions that promote development, chose three prizewinners and an Orange Partner prizewinner from among 11 nominated projects that were presented on Orange’s pan-African web portal, www.starafrica.com.

The awards ceremony was held in Cape Town, South Africa, during the AfricaCom Awards.

Below is the list of winners from top:

1. Modisar: A livestock farm management application (desktop, web and mobile) that makes it easy for a farmer to manage his\her farm. The application is designed to stimulate development of the livestock industry in Botswana and cultivate interest in livestock farming among younger generations by associating modern technologies with the nation’s passion for farming. Modisar aims to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the livestock sector, a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Product in Botswana.

2. The Station Energy Ivoire project: Was awarded second prize for its project which aims to set-up several franchise stores in rural or urban areas of Cocircte d’Ivoire, is based on an innovative retail concept for energy services. Inspired the models used by both service stations and grocery shops in Africa, Station Energy is a solution that provides wide-spread and affordable access to energy. The shops are equipped with photovoltaic panels to provide a range of shared services (batteries allowing access to lighting, cold spaces, Internet access, sale of low consumption equipment, etc.).

3. Bouquet Pass Santeacute: The Senegalese company has a project which provides an online platform that enables people living abroad or in Senegal to pay directly for medical consultations for themselves or family members.

4. Pubcell: Was chosen as the “favourite project” by visitors of Orange Group’s web portal StarAfrica. Over 20,000 visitors voted for the Ivory Coast-based which offers aertisers the ability to promote their brands to mobile phone users by paying aertising fees for the rental of their private spaces.

5. Mewanko Farm: Was awarded the special Orange Partner API prize. The project involves the creation of an online platform to enable the sale of agricultural products on both urban and international markets. The aim is to facilitate the lives of small farmers by using ICT tools to provide them with a direct means of access to markets and enabling them to increase their income.

In addition to financial grants of up to 25,000 euros and a patent in the country of deployment for the 1st prize winner, Orange will offer professional and expert coaching not only for the winners but for the 10 finalists of the Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014. The 10 finalists will join the coaching program hosted by VC4Africa.

“Entrepreneurs in Africa have always shown an ability to harness technology for the development of lasting, socially-responsible innovations that stimulate growth. Through this prize, Orange is proud to be able to contribute to this dynamic, particularly by providing active support to the prize-winners,” said Marc Rennard, Orange’s Senior Executive Vice President for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. “This year’s jury was impressed by the overall quality of the projects submitted. We can clearly see that technology is a relevant tool for driving social development, and this gives us an added stimulus in our commitment to Africa.”

Source : CIO East Africa

Category: Business & Finance

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