Connexus scoops best OSV prize for 2016

16th December 2016
Orange Botswana CEO - Dr Patrick Benon handing the prize to Melissa Tafila Source:The Midweek Sun

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By Keikantse Lesemela - Reporter


Digital educational company, Conexus, has been announced the best local Orange Social Venture (OSV) Prize 2016 and received P20 000 cash for its troubles.

The company which was formed by Mellisa Tafila and her husband Otsile Tafila –has developed an educational software to provide interactive learning materials to learners in the primary and junior schools.

Receiving the prize last week, Conexus co-founder, Mellisa Tafila said she wanted to create something that promotes student excellence using technology.  “We are determined to build and create quality products and services that are student centred in order to promote student excellence,” said TafilaShe said Conexus is an educational company, which aims to offer the best quality innovative education materials for primary, junior and secondary schools. 

The learning materials are delivered through desktop applications, Apps, e-books, augmented reality books and value added services such as SMS and USSD.
Orange Chief Executive Patrick Benon said the competition which ran from May to September 2016 received over 750 candidates from Africa and the Middle East region.

He said Orange Botswana decided to recognise and award the best local entry which is a prize outside of the prize awarded at regional (Africa and Middle East).“Our ambition is to particularly grow the telecommunications sector to support development in Africa and Middle East in different fields like healthcare, agriculture, education and energy,” said Benon.He said they received 28 submissions from Botswana and from the evaluation they determined Conexus as the winner.

“With this award, we intend to show our local innovators that we believe in their dreams and we recognise their talent. I would like to thank the winner for their participation and wish that their project will contribute to the development of the country,” said Benon.

The OSV prize is an annual initiative by Orange Group intended to showcase and support start-ups who use information and communication technologies (ICT) to innovate and make a positive impact to communities in Africa and the Middle East. Through the competition Orange aims to reinforce its digital partnership with start-ups to achieve social and economic development through innovative stimulation.




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