Orange, a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services, has opened its first digital centre in Tunisia to provide wide-ranging support for startups, including training young people in coding, as well as startup acceleration and investment in early-stage companies.
"This new initiative is part and parcel of the ambition to make digital inclusion the key focus of our social commitment. The 'FabLab Solidaire', which is part of the Foundation's inclusion programmes, is a gateway that will enable young people to develop new skills and firmly establish their career path," said Christine Albanel, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation.
The Orange Digital Centre houses four strategic programmes namely:
- The coding school: Aimed at students, young graduates and entrepreneurs, it offers training and events to young developers, geeks and people with ideas for projects
- The FabLab Solidaire, a gateway that enables young people to develop new skills and firmly establish their career path
- Orange Fab, a startup accelerator that helps improve managerial capabilities and provides support for the commercial development of promising startups
- Orange Digital Ventures Africa, a 50-million euro investment fund for financing innovative startups in Africa and the Middle East
"Dedicated to our countries' digital development, these new spaces aim to consolidate Orange's standing as a key player in the digital transformation of the countries where we operate. Functioning as a network, these sites favour sharing experiences and expertise in a way that will benefit not just entrepreneurs but also students, young people with or without degrees, and young people undertaking a career change," explains Alioune Ndiaye, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Middle East and Africa.
With revenues of 5.2 billion euros in 2018, Africa and the Middle East is a strategic priority for Orange and the opening of Tunis centre highlights the operator's capacity as a responsible entity, supporting digital transformation and local innovation in all the countries within its footprint.