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2020 Orange Social Venture Prize for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East



Applications are now open for Orange Social Venture Prize 2020 for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East ( 50,000 Euros Prize)

Awarded by Orange, this prize recognizes technological projects with a positive impact that improve living conditions for populations in Africa and the Middle East, in essential fields such as education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payment or sustainable development.


The competition starts with a national phase during which each of the 17 Orange subsidiaries taking part will examine the projects submitted in its country and nominate three winners maximum. Then there will be a second international phase in which the winners from each country, up to 54 winners in total, will compete before an international panel which will award the OSVP grand prize at AfricaCom, the largest technological fair in Africa, which takes place in November in Cape Town, South Africa.

Furthermore, the 10 international finalists will have the opportunity to receive personalised support from experts in founding and financing new companies.

OSVP is aimed at students, employees or entrepreneurs aged over 21 years and start-ups that are less than three years old, in the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.

Orange Social Venture Prize National competition:

Each project submitted will participate in the national competition of its country of origin (the country is identified by the participant when the project is submitted on the Site). Each country organizes a national jury that nominates up to three (3) national winners.

Orange Social Venture Prize International competition:

These three (3) national winners will participate automatically, without the need to redeposit their respective project, at the Grand Prix (Orange MEA Competition) and the grand jury designates the 3 grand prize winners of the Grand Prix Orange Social Venture Prize Africa / Middle East.


Participation in the Competition is open to natural persons aged over 21 years at the date of the initiation of the Competition mentioned in article 3 of the Rules and to legal persons able to prove that they have exercised their activity for less than three (3) years on the day the Competition is initiated with access to the Internet and having an e-mail address (hereinafter the “Participant”/the “Participants”).

Excluded from the Competition participation are:
 Natural persons of less than 21 years at the date of the launch of the Competition;
 Legal persons who have exercised their activity for over three years on the day on which the Competition is initiated;
 Persons having conceded rights to their Project
 Persons having collaborated directly in the organisation of the Competition (such as personnel of the Orange group belonging to the CSR MEA and Partnerships departments, the members of the subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle-East participating in the organisation of the Prize and Innovacom personnel);
 The professionals of the national juries as well as the jury members of the international Grand Prix and their families;
 Natural or legal person without personal bank account.


For the international Grand-Prix awards are the following:
 1st prize: the payment of an amount of € 25,000 (twenty-five thousand euros);
 2nd prize: the payment of an amount of € 15,000 (fifteen thousand euros);
 3rd prize: the payment of an amount of € 10,000 (ten thousand euros);
 One women award: the payment of an amount of € 20,000 (twenty thousand euros)
 One 10th year special award: the payment of an amount of 10,000 (ten thousand euros)

Composition of the entry file during the pre-selection phase – as such in Article 5.3 of these Rules. The application file
(hereinafter ‘Dossier’ or ‘Candidature File’) contains:

  1. Entry form
     It is available on line and should be filled in directly on the Site
     Asterisked fields must be filled in to validate the entry.
  2. Entry file relative to the Project
     The format authorised is that of a file in PDF format of 10 Mb maximum.
     Important: The name of the said file must be strictly identical to the name of the project mentioned in the first field of the entry form.
     The elements for constituting the Project File are the following:
  3. Summary presentation of the Project: between 1000 and 2000
  4. Analysis of the market
  5. Identification of the market opportunity
  6. Presentation of the product/service proposed
  7. Information about the management team
  8. Financial forecasts
  9. Evaluation of the societal impact

Stages of participation in the Competition:

  1. From March 09th 2020 at 09:00am GMT to June 05th 2020 at 9:00pm GMT:
     The Participants will submit the File on the https://startup.orange.com/ website
     The Participants must also fill in the entry form presented on line as part of the File submission procedure.
     The participants will have to validate the International Rules and the national rules to validate his submission. International and national rules are accessible and can be downloaded on the web Site.
  2. From June 10th 2020 00:00am GMT to September 2020:
     Each participating Orange affiliate listed above, or its designated partner, will examine the different projects submitted and will pre-select Projects. The
    preselected projects will eventually be interviewed, as applicable (face-to-face, by telephone or videoconference) by Orange partner, members of the jury or Orange affiliate members or will be asked to pitch their project physically in front of the national jury to foster different aspects of their Project.
     Selection from the national juries should be made in September and the 3 national winners of each country communicated to the Organising Company corporate entity before end of September 2020.
  3. From September 2020 to November 2020

The Organising Company will examine all the national winners Projects submitted by
Orange affiliates and following national juries’ decisions, and will pre-select Projects.
The shortlisted projects will eventually be interviewed, as applicable (face-to-face, by
telephone or videoconference) by Orange partner, or Orange corporate members.
 The International Grand Jury decision will be made during October 2020 to choose
the three (3) international prize-winners.

4.November 2020
 November, 2020 the Organising Company will publicly announce the international
winners of the Grand-Prix and organise an award ceremony.


Application Guidelines

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of theOrange Social Venture Prize 2020 for Innovative Startups in Africa & Middle East

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Baker Hughes Ignite Graduate Internship 2020



Applications are now open for the the Baker Hughes Ignite Graduate 2020The Baker Hughes Ignite Graduate Internship is a 12 month structured learning placement that offers practical work experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. Interns will undertake core complex project to generate value for Baker Hughes and act as a vehicle to demonstrate capability and commitment.

In addition to project execution you will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of the Baker Hughes business which may open up potential opportunities for ongoing employment. Furthermore, you will build your network within the industry.

During the internship you will have the opportunity to become familiar with Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) requirements, participate in technically focused on-job training, participate in team meetings, as well as working on projects and presenting the results to business leaders. You will also be expected to complete all assigned tasks in the agreed timelines and take the opportunity to demonstrate your capability of exceeding requirements.

The internship will give you first-hand insights into the processes, systems and practices that are aligned to ensure that customer needs are met through flawless execution and the application of leading-edge technology in challenging work environments.

If you are successful in the selection process the specific details of your internship assignment will be explained to you prior to your start date.

Essential Responsibilities

The Communications Intern will be responsible for supporting Communications tasks and projects that cut across multiple communications domains. He/she will receive education and personal mentorship from the top minds in your field while being exposed to a variety of disciplines such as commercial communication strategy development and execution, internal & employee communication, external media and public relations. Also, they will be involvement in corporate social media strategy, organizational change management comms, crisis management, and other critical skills in the Communications discipline. The intern experience will be unique and personalized based on their interests, competencies, and business needs.

As a valuable member of our team, SSA IGNITE interns will receive many benefits including:

  • Challenging work assignments
  • Exposure to a multinational company
  • Developmental feedback
  • Opportunities to network with Leaders and other interns


  • Recent college/university graduate with no more than 1-1.5 years’ work experience /or with national service discharge (if applicable)
  • Authorized to work in country full-time and without restriction
  • Interest in Communications/Marketing/Public Relations – related degrees preferred
  • Must have an advanced to fluent level of English
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Demonstrated team player
  • Confident self-starter who has demonstrated drive
  • Excellent organization skills, ability to independently prioritize multiple tasks and work to deadlines

Preferred qualifications/requirements:

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication, integrity, critical thinking/analytical skills, agility/flexibility, a continuous learning mind-set, teamwork and collaboration, drive for results, and initiative in addition to involvement in student societies or volunteer work.


For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the 2020 Baker Hughes Ignite Graduate Internship

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2020 NNPC/SPDC Joint Venture Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship



The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), operator of the SPDC Joint Venture, is pleased to announce the Tenth annual NNPC/SPDC_JV Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship for applicants from Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers states. The objective of the scholarship programme is to provide postgraduate study opportunity in courses relevant to the oil and gas industry, for qualifying students from listed Niger Delta states.

In nine years of the programme, 92 students have won the opportunity to study at top-rated universities in the UK on full scholarship

The following courses qualify for award of scholarships at the three institutions:

Universities Degree
Imperial College London MSc Petroleum Engineering MSc Petroleum GeoscienceMSc Applied Computational Science and Engineering
University of Abeerdeen MSc GeophysicsMSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & GasMSc Advanced Chemical EngineeringMSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience
University of Leeds MSc Exploration GeophysicsMSc Electronic/Electrical Engineering



To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must;

  • display intellectual ability and leadership potential
  • have an adequate standard of English (at least 6.5 in IELTS) and meet the College’s language requirement
  • have been offered admission to study on one of the Eligible Courses at the College having applied through the normal application process;
  • already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the Scholarship) a degree of an equivalent standard to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree
  • must have completed their National Youth Service by September 2020
  • be ordinarily indigenes of Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers State, and intend to return to Nigeria on completion of proposed programme of study
  • have not already had the chance of studying in the UK or other developed country.
  • be aged between 21-28 years by 30/09/2020
  • currently reside in Nigeria
  • have a Nigerian international passport valid till December 2020
  • Employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC, Royal Dutch SHELL Group of Companies or the College will not be eligible to apply for the Scholarships

Application Process

  • Submit application for admission to any of the participating universities for any of the qualifying courses.
  • Application forms for the scholarship will ONLY be available through the websites of the Imperial College London, the University of Leeds and University of Aberdeen, following a formal offer of admission by the university.
  • The universities will process applications and select candidates who will attend interviews with SPDC before being considered for final selection.
  • Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating universities not later than April 15, 2020.


The scholarship will cover tuition, one economy return-flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only.

More information on specific course admission requirements can be obtained from the websites of the three individual universities.

  • Please note that the stipends (living expenses) are based on the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) published living rates and are limited to this only.
  • This is a non-committal scholarship. Note that NEITHER SPDC NOR any Shell affiliated company is obligated to offer employment of any sort to any candidate upon graduation, neither are successful candidates bonded to SPDC for any period of time on account of the scholarship award.
  • SPDC will only provide a medical insurance in line with UK Student Visa requirements

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the SPDC 2020 Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

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