Designing a useful and relevant service, anticipating new uses, or simply increasing the effectiveness of existing solutions, digital technology is demonstrating its enormous potential for innovation all around us.
Orange is closely involved in this agile and prolific innovation: through its own innovation of course, the power of its infrastructure (networks, equipment, engineering) and its technological expertise, as well as its open innovation policy and its efforts to support entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Through direct support or broader schemes, Orange is acting to create favourable conditions for the emergence of innovative entrepreneurs in our regions.
This global strategy includes detecting and supporting talents (Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize in Africa and the Middle East for example), startup acceleration (through the worldwide network of Orange Fabs) and financing startups through dedicated funds like Orange Digital Venture.
We are launching initiatives to revitalise ecosystems through incubators and incubator networks (Afric’innov), opening up our API platforms to programmers (Orange Partner), calling on the scientific world to use Big Data for the benefit of populations (Challenge Data for Development, OPAL) and at major events like Vivatech...
As firm believers in “Tech for good”, we form partnerships with social and solidarity-based innovation players (La Ruche, Simplon.co, Ronalpia...).
We actively support digital education, an essential prerequisite for innovation - introduction to coding (Developer Center in Tunisia, Sonatel Academy in Senegal, etc.), partnership with the Grande Ecole du Numérique - feminisation of Tech jobs (Capital Filles, Femmes@numérique) - digital inclusion (Orange Digital Solidarity, Women’s Digital Centres, Solidarity FabLabs with the Orange Foundation).
Driven by the desire to use digital technology to further human progress, we are working for inclusive and positive innovation with a strong impact on society.
15 Orange Fabs on 4 continents
435 entrepreneurs supported in 2017
1,200 entries for the 2017 Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize in Africa and the Middle East
€500 million dedicated to financing African startups
532 Digital Schools in 12 countries
Research and innovation at Orange: €700 million / 6,498 patents