Cairo, 4th of February 2013 – In a special ceremony held on February 4th 2013, Mobinil honoured the Egyptian team that won one of the four Orange African Social Venture Prize awards, which were announced at StarAfrica.com in November 2012. The Egyptian start-up “Innovative Electronic Employment Platform” won the StarAfrica.com “favourite project” award after over 50,000 visitors to the website voted for the service.
This innovative recruitment service uses an interactive mobile platform and SMS alerts to help Egyptians seeking short-term jobs or freelance work to easily get in contact with service providors or individuals offering job opportunities. StarAfrica (www.starafrica.com), Orange’s pan-african online news and entertainment portal, will support this recruitment service throughout the year by providing additional online visibility.
The Orange African Social Venture Prize is an annual contest organized by the France Telecom-Orange group. Covering the Group‟s subsidiaries in 18 African countries, the prize aims to support the development of entrepreneurs and start-ups offering solutions that use information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the needs of people living in Africa.
most popular technology project that serves society
For the 2012 edition, over 450 candidates submitted projects on StarAfrica.com, clearly 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.
In addition to the StarAfrica “favourite project” prize, three other prize winners from Ivory Coast, Kenya and Senegal were selected from among 13 nominated projects by a panel of judges made up of Orange specialists, the media and institutions that promote development.
Yves Gauthier, Mobinil‟s CEO and France Telecom-Orange’s spokesperson in Egypt handed the trophy to the winning team, Noran Farag and Ehab Sakr in an event attended by Mobinil officials. Mobinil also offered the winners an advanced I–Phone and an I Pad.
“Egypt has a lot of new and innovative ideas that need to be identified and supported by the private sector and civil society organizations“, said Noran Farag, an economic government researcher.
“The best thing about our project is that it helps offer job opportunities to a large segment of Egyptians at an important time in Egypt‟s history“, said Ehab Sakr, a lecturer at Cairo University.
Yves Gauthier, CEO of Mobinil, commented: “We are very happy to support the Orange African Social Venture Prize, and in particular the project picked out by StarAfrica, by providing additional visibility through Mobinil‟s social media accounts as well as other media“.
“The fact that a youthful Egyptian team has been recognized through this award encourages us to continue searching for talented Egyptians in various fields and supporting them through Mobinil„s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives“.