The 6th edition of POESAM
The year 2016 marked the 6th edition of the Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize in Africa and the Middle East [POESAM] awarded each year to entrepreneurs who offer innovative products or services based on ICTs that meet the needs of local populations in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, education, energy, industry, and even commerce. This edition was characterized by a plethora of innovations:
- A dedicated portal designed by the Orange Group for start-ups, entrepreneurclub.orange.com, where the application packages were available with just a click;
- The 19 countries in competition this year competed for the three main prizes, which include financing and coaching;
- Country ambassadors served as initial reviewers, followed by a second stage leading to the selection of a shortlist of 10 application packages that were submitted to the international jury of which Elisabeth MEDOU BADANG, the CEO of Orange Cameroon, has been a member for the past several years.
For this year’s edition, some fifteen local employees volunteered to undergo training and provide their support to the two voluntary ambassadors from 2015. This support was greatly appreciated as this year, Cameroon was second in terms of the number of application packages submitted.
Cameroon is one of three test countries (along with Senegal and the Ivory Coast) selected by the Group for a feasibility study regarding a rural electrification offer based on solar technology and the mobile network.
The feasibility study is well underway, and we hope to soon be able to meet the basic needs of local populations with this offer, which provides vital requirements in the areas of healthcare, education, safety, and the economy.
Orange Cameroon Speaks about CSR
As part of its multi-faceted support of universities and colleges, Orange Cameroon has spoken with students regarding its CSR vision and initiatives at:
- The ESSEC in Douala, during its traditional Company Week;
- The University of Buea, with relation to its CSR course, which is organized by the Mass Communications Department.