Trio wins Orange Social Venture prize

Three local youths emerged winners of the 2018 edition of the Orange Social Venture National Prize recently with their project, Child Welfare and Nutrition Monitoring Application.

The youthful trio walked away with a P50 000 fund from Orange Botswana to start their project, while second and third position was awarded to Tradesman’s App and Thebe Trunk projects, who walked away with P30 000 and P20 000 respectively.

The top three surpassed a total of 47 hopeful local entrepreneurs and innovators who had submitted their projects for the Orange Social Venture Prize.

The winning Application, Mpepu, will make it possible for clinicians to access specific child growth charts quickly and easily through the use of algorithms run by the system to diagnose whether the child has any child-related weaknesses.

The App is set to be used in remote areas where there is weak to no internet connectivity, further allowing clinical professionals to give every child the best care possible, as well as enhance government’s efforts of centralizing child welfare data collection.

When congratulating the winners, Orange Botswana CEO Dr Patrick Benon said that the Orange Social Venture Prize initiative was strategically placed to promote the use of digital technologies for social and economic development in under served communities in Africa and the Middle East.

He said Orange wanted to become the preferred digital partner for social entrepreneurs and digital star-ups and since the inception of Social Venture Prize, it has been rewarding innovative start-ups that are passionate about changing or improving lives through technology, with special emphasis on healthcare, mobile payments, education, agriculture and commerce.

“Our interest is to deliberately facilitate and encourage innovative thinking. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Matshidiso Moseki

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