Geeks and entrepreneurs: moving Africa forward

Start-ups and digital technology: breathing new life into Africa. The entrepreneurs who are inventing the Africa of tomorrow.
Africa has a large number of entrepreneurs coming from the ongoing veritable boom in digital innovation. Orange in particular is supporting them in accomplishing this digital transformation by recognizing, supporting and promoting the continent’s digital talent. We attempt to decode their success.

This feature includes

  • The origins of this dynamic trend, the typical profile of an African entrepreneur, the types of projects developed and the role of digital technology, etc.
  • A presentation of Orange’s tools and services aimed at supporting African start-ups : the Orange for Development program, the Orange Digital Ventures fund, incubators, and much more.
  • A focus on the last three Orange initiatives in support of entrepreneur development in Africa: the Orange African Social Venture Prize, the Entrepreneur Club portal and Solidarity FabLabs.

Mobiles are in a unique position in Africa, where fixed networks - and infrastructures more generally – are at different stages of development and where phones are often the only way of accessing the internet, opening up a vast selection of services.
From digital entrepreneurs to innovative project owners and digital talents, many people have taken this on board and are working towards Africa 2.0. Large numbers of innovations are being thought up for mobiles to improve day-to-day life, from education to health, agriculture and banking.
Illustrating this, the Orange African Social Venture Prize had to assess over 600 projects for its 2015 awards.

(1) Source: « Internet Usage Statistics for Africa », Internet World Stats, 2010.