Orange Digital Centers: a powerful lever for employability and entrepreneurship 

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In 2023, we opened four new Orange Digital Centers (ODC): in Spain, Romania, Moldova and Guinea-Bissau, as well as eight ODC Clubs in our partner universities in Africa and the Middle East (MEA).  

Present in Europe and MEA, these free spaces, open to all, give everyone the opportunity to develop their digital and entrepreneurial skills in order to boost their employability, prepare for the jobs of tomorrow (AI, cybersecurity, etc.) or become a digital entrepreneur. The ODCs support entrepreneurs, young people, job seekers and those undergoing retraining or who have dropped out of the education system.  In France, they also provide basic skills and education to help people make more effective use of digital technology. 

In practice, our ODCs generally feature: a coding school offering technological training on real projects with a social impact and on soft skills; a solidarity fablab for training in digital fabrication and project prototyping; an Orange Fab start-up incubator (with national and international commercial partnerships with Orange and/or its partners); and a branch of the Orange Ventures investment fund. In 2023, our ODCs supported nearly 200 start-ups across three continents. 

In addition to promoting employability and innovation, these spaces offer workshops to the general public to raise awareness of digital best practices and boost confidence in digital uses: securing personal data, protecting children online, etc. 

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Find out more about the support and programs offered by ODCs

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