How Orange supports start-ups

At Orange, we are working to make technological innovation a vector for sustainable human and economic development. To achieve this, we are constantly creating new services that simplify everyone’s daily life. And we do this in close collaboration with innovation players for greater creativity, efficiency and economic impact.

 

Our programs

Are you a start-up needing a helping hand to get your business off the ground or a more mature business looking to grow? Whatever your stage of development, discover the support systems offered by Orange and find the one that meets your needs.

From fundraising to lack of technical expertise and problems finding new customers… the challenges are immense when starting a business. To support you at each stage of your development and meet your needs, Orange provides information, expert advice and mentoring sessions, helps you expand your network, gives you access to markets and can even invest in your business.

 

Join one of our Orange Digital Centers

Orange is continuing to open its network of Orange Digital Centers (ODC) at high speed. Free and open to all, these facilities are designed to be a hub for interaction, experimentation and training for all players in the digital ecosystem. They include:
– A Code School, a centre for vocational training and events.
– A Solidarity FabLab, for prototyping and 3D printing.
– An Orange Fab, an accelerator for promising start-ups.
– Orange Ventures, the Group’s investment fund.

Find yours

Why not apply for funding and support through the Orange Social Venture Prize ? Over the past 10 years, this annual prize has become a reference. Every year, it offers financial rewards and greater visibility in the region as well as partnership opportunities.

You can also benefit from early-stage funding through, Orange Ventures the Group’s €350 million investment fund. And with the MEA Seed challenge, you can receive a sum of up to €200,000.

Here are some of our other opportunities for start-ups thanks to our various partnerships in Africa and the Middle East :
Africa
Mali
Guinea
Senegal

Join one of our dedicated programmes for businesswomen in France

- Women Start, the initiative dedicated to female entrepreneurship. Through its acceleration programme, internal and external mentors are at your side to support you. You’ll also benefit from €15,000 funding and a dedicated start-up workspace within Orange Gardens campus in Châtillon in the outskirts of Paris.
- Find out more about our #FemmesEntrepreneuses programme which supports 100 women designers selected from across the country. It offers space in state-of-the-art premises, tailor-made coaching, events to increase your visibility and more!

Have you already identified your market fit, or do you have a product or service that has already launched or is ready for launch?
Now is the time to grow. Here’s how to take it to the next level in your target market.
– The Orange Fabs network supports start-ups in their scale-up phase in 18 countries on 4 continents. You’ll find helpful coaching, mentoring and expert resources and also help with negotiating contracts with our Group’s business units and partners.
Orange Developer offers open access to some of our Group’s technical resources in areas as varied as SMS, VoIP, multi-connectivity IoT, identity and authentication services and more. A wide selection of APIs, SDKs and developer kits can be accessed in a few clicks for fast integration into your apps and services.

With its €350 million investment fund, Orange Ventures is one of the top 10 corporate venture capital funds in Europe, investing in high-potential companies in areas such as connectivity, cybersecurity, innovative financial services and e-health.

With offices in Paris and Dakar, Orange Ventures supports start-ups in all stages of development from early stage seed funding in Africa and the Middle East to more mature organisations in Europe and the United States, with unit investments up to €20 million per funding round.

 

 

Our partnerships

For a start-up, the key to success doesn’t just depend on an innovative product or service. Meeting the right people is also important to get your business off the ground. With Orange, you can join an open innovation ecosystem made up of many partners, from incubators and research labs to investment funds and more. Whatever your stage of development, find the right partner to accelerate, finance and promote your start-up.

…an incubator to launch your business:

  • L’Escalator: located in Paris, the Escalator is a new incubator aimed at reducing inequalities in entrepreneurship. It is dedicated to new business founders who need training, connections and financial support and offers an outstanding long-term support program combining coaching, networking and mentoring.
  • CTIC Dakar : the first incubator and accelerator of its type in West Africa, supporting ICT and mobile tech entrepreneurs and offering a program dedicated to start-up incubation.

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  • Innovacom : this capital-innovation and seed capital fund is dedicated to entrepreneurs working in new technologies, as well as software and hardware products. Innovacom focuses on creating financial and strategic value through support, networking and industrial partnerships.
  • Robolution Capital : the first private equity fund in the world dedicated to robotics, Robolution Capital invests in personal and professional robotics start-ups in the seed and development phase.

…expert and / or technical support:

  • L’IRT SystemX : located in Paris, the Institute for Technological Research (IRT) SystemX is a multidisciplinary support structure for future systems engineering. Through its START@SystemX program, it offers business support and collaboration opportunities with R&D experts to accelerate products and services in the fields of mobility, blockchain and cybersecurity.
  • b<>com : located across four campuses (Brest, Lanion, Paris and Rennes), the IRT’s private b<>com structure specializes in 5G, image and sound processing, AI, cybersecurity, cognitive science and mixed reality.

…an incubator:

  • L’Escalator
  • CTIC Dakar : the first incubator and accelerator of its type in West Africa, supporting ICT and mobile tech entrepreneurs and offering a program dedicated to start-up acceleration, incubation and post-incubation.

…funding :

Iris Capital : with more than 30 years’ experience in the digital economy, the Paris-based fund is dedicated to financing start-ups in fields as varied as deep learning, algorithms, e-commerce, IoT, real time auctions and fraud detection.

…expert and / or technical support:

  • L’IRT SystemX: located in Paris, the Institute for Technological Research (IRT) SystemX is a multidisciplinary support structure for future systems engineering. The institute manages R&D programs and makes technological platforms available to partners.
  • b<>com
  • Images et Réseaux: the competitive Images & Networks cluster for digital innovation is based in Brittany and the Loire. It supports everything from large groups to SMEs, mid-cap companies, labs and local authorities in their R&D strategies, in connection with regional, national and European innovation partners.

...ways to boost visibility:

  • La French Tech: this brings together the entire French start-up ecosystem so they benefit from greater visibility among decision makers, investors and the media.
  • Go ignite: this alliance brings together the combined telecoms resources of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefonica to support start-ups specializing in disruptive technologies. This is a compete support structure offering networking, invitations to events, mentoring and meetings with investors.

…financing to expand into new markets:

  • Robolution Capital: the first private equity fund in the world dedicated to robotics, Robolution Capital invests in personal and professional robotics start-ups in the seed and development phase.
  • Iris Capital
  • Teranga Capital : the leading investment company in Senegal and Gambia, Teranga Capital is part of a pioneering high-impact investment network entirely dedicated to financing and supporting start-ups and SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa with funding between 50 and 300 million FCFA.

…ways to boost visibility on the world stage:

  • CTIC Dakar
  • Teranga Capital: The leading investment company in Senegal and Gambia, Teranga Capital is part of a pioneering high-impact investment network entirely dedicated to financing and supporting start-ups and SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa with funding between 50 and 300 million FCFA.
Supporting the digital ecosystem around the world

We help promote the digital ecosystem through a range of start-up support programmes. Through our network of 17 Orange Fabs, active on four continents, we provide seed funding to start-ups in the initial phase of their business. Among other initiatives, we also promote social entrepreneurship, in particular through the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa & the Middle East.

Orange Fabs

Story up

Story up gives the floor to men and women who have created their start-up with the help of an Orange support programme. They tell us their story, from the birth of their idea to the launch of their start-up, and share with us their perspectives on the future, with one thing in common: the desire to improve the world around them.

Story up

OSVP

The Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East (OSVP) has become a reference. Every year, it rewards the best technological projects with a positive impact in Africa and the Middle East. The competition is organized in two stages: first a national competition in 17 countries; then an international jury selects the winners of the Grand Prix.

OSVP