TITLE I – GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1  : A federating platform for innovations in the digital field in Burkina Faso called the Platform of Digital Innovations (PLATINUM) is set up within the ministry in charge of the digital economy.

 These internal regulations govern the procedures for submitting, selecting and monitoring works on this platform.

Article 2  : The ‘ objective of this platform is to serve as a showcase for all digital innovations of the country and pose as reference in the development of innovative projects and as a tool for advocacy with their accompaniments.

Article 3  : Are considered as Business Angels / investors, all natural or legal persons registered as such on the platform. They represent potential financial support for the selected projects.

Article 4  : All legal structures registered as such on the platform are considered as incubators. They represent potential technical / financial support for the selected projects.

TITLE II – CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Article 5  : Project registrations, business angels / investors, incubators are made according to the sessions open on the platform.

Article 6  : Participation in calls for projects is open to any Burkinabé resident or not and having innovative project (s) in the digital field. An application can be made by one (01) person or a group of three (03) people.

Article 7  : Any work registered on the platform must have passed the engineering phase and have a testable prototype / mock-up / beta version.

Article 8  : A work can benefit from the support of one or more business angels / incubators.  

Article 9  : F i re nomination paper to a call for projects implies acceptance of these General Rules. No recourse on the conditions of organization of a session, its progress or its results is possible.

By validating the sending of their application, each candidate or group of candidates undertakes in particular to:

  • not to defame, attack or violate the rights of third parties;
  • not to reproduce in full the content of pre-existing works;
  • not to reproduce and / or use the brand, company name, logo or any distinctive sign of a third party; 
  • not to infringe the privacy of persons likely to be cited in the content of the project;
  • not to submit a work which is contrary to the legal provisions in force, to good morals and to public order.

The National Organizing Committee reserves the right to immediately remove and exclude from the session any content that does not respect the aforementioned limitations or that would constitute an infringement or fraud of the rights of third parties, of any kind. is.

Article 10  : The following persons cannot apply: 

  • jury members;
  • members of the National Organizing Committee;
  • employees and / or interns of the Ministry in charge of the digital economy;
  • persons directly or indirectly participating in the organization or involved in any part of the administration and execution of this project;
  • business angels

Article 11  : Participation in calls for projects implies knowledge and acceptance of the characteristics and limitations of the Internet, particularly with regard to technical performance, response times for consulting, querying or transferring information, risks interruption, and more generally, the risks inherent in any connection and transmission over the Internet, the lack of protection of certain data against possible misappropriation and the risks of contamination by possible viruses circulating on the network.

Consequently, the National Organizing Committee cannot, under any circumstances, be held responsible, without this list being exhaustive: 

  • a malfunction of the Internet network preventing the smooth running of the competition;
  • failure of receiving equipment or communication lines;
  • loss of paper or electronic mail and, more generally, loss of any data;
  • a routing problem;
  • the operation of software;
  • consequences of viruses, computer bugs, anomaly, technical failure;
  • any damage caused to a participant’s computer;
  • a technical, hardware and software failure of any kind which prevented or limited the possibility of participating in the competition or which damaged the system of a participant.

Article 12  : Any project leader (s) can only submit one file per session.

TITLE III – ORGANIZATION OF SESSIONS

CHAPTER 1: CONDUCT OF CALLS FOR PROJECTS

Article 13  : The calls for projects will be made exclusively on the website of the platform at the address www.platinum.bf .

Article 14  : Each call for projects will be the subject of the constitution of a selection jury. A maximum of two (02) sessions per year is set.

A session begins with a call for projects and ends with the deliberation of the results by the jury.

Article 15  : An average number of thirty-five (35) works is expected before convening a sitting of the jury for each session. If at the end of the fixed period of the call for projects, the required number of projects is not reached, it will be relaunched immediately the second session of the year. However, the average number required will remain a condition for the seat of the jury.

Article 16 : Each session takes place in six (06) stages

  • st step: launching the call for proposals and registration online projects
  • nd step: Preselection
  • rd step: Submission of finalists files
  • th step: Audition finalists by the jury and interview with Business Angel / investors
  • th stage: Deliberation of the results of the session
  • th stage: convention signed between the carrier (s) and project (s) Business Angel

Article 17 : the total duration of a session may not exceed a period of six (06) months from the date of the call for projects.

Article 18  : Registration is done online by filling out an online form on the platform’s website. The applicant or group of applicants must provide a detailed description of the project upon registration. An acknowledgment of receipt is sent upon validation of the application.

Article 19 : The file must be written in French and include the following information:

  • presentation of the candidate or group of candidates;
  • a summary sheet of the project specifying the theme, the problem addressed, the identification of partners, the overall amount of planned expenditure, the provisional financing plan.
  • a detailed description of the project (10 pages maximum) including (i) the objectives and the strategic and operational interest of the project, (ii) the existing assets of the project (infrastructure, equipment, human resources, etc.), (iii ) the targets targeted, (iv) existing or desired partnerships (companies, NGOs, international, private organizations, research institutes / laboratories, local communities), (v) a summary of the five (5) year business plan and an analysis the sustainability of the projected economic model, including an estimate of the return on investment time for the operation of the project, (vi) the progress of the implementation of the project and its various stages.

Article 20  : The protection of works is the responsibility of the project leaders who can do so with the structures authorized in the matter (BBDA, CNPI…).

CHAPTER 2: PRESELECTION OF FILES

Article 21  : The files are subjected to a preselection according to the criteria mentioned in article 18 of these general regulations.

However, the jury reserves the right to consider other criteria in order to decide between the projects submitted.

Article 22  : Following the preselection on files, a second phase of hearing by the jury is scheduled for the preselected files.

CHAPTER 3: JURY COMPETITION

Article 23  : The jury set up assesses the socio-economic, financial and technical issues of the projects and deliberates on the results of a session.

Article 24  : The jury is composed as follows:  

  • one (01) representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso (CCI-BF);
  • one (01) representative of the company house;
  • one (01) representative of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Development;
  • two (02) representatives of the general direction of the development of the digital industry;
  • two (02) representatives of the private sector;
  • one (01) representative of the specific sector treated;
  • one (01) resource person. 

The composition of the members of the jury is variable without exceeding the number of eleven (11) people.

Business angels and incubators registered for the session are invited to hearings for the finalists.

CHAPTER 4: HEARING OF FINALISTS, DEMONSTRATIONS OF 

                            WORKS, AND DELIBERATION OF THE JURY

Article 25  : Project leaders must defend their project in front of the jury through presentations and demonstrations of their digital works, in person.

Article 26  : The presentation of each project is made by two (02) people at most with regard to the groups of candidates.

The oral presentation of the final project consists of a defense as well as a demonstration of a prototype of their digital solution followed by a session of questions asked by the members of the jury.

Investors / business angels are invited to these sessions and are allowed to interact with the finalists.

Article 27  : During the presentation of the project to the jury, the candidate or the group of candidates may not benefit from any assistance.

Article 28 : Investors / business angels have 48 hours after hearing the finalists to communicate to the jury their intention to support projects. 

Article 29  : Each candidate or group of candidates is noted out of 20 and ranked in order of merit on the criteria mentioned in the article … The results of the jury’s deliberation will give the order of ranking with the investor / business opposite. angel interested in the project.

CHAPTER 5: ETHICS AND DEONTOLOGY

Article 30  : The members of the organizing committee, the members of the jury and the candidates, business angels, promoters of incubators undertake to respect the terms of these general regulations and to avoid any conflict of interest.

Article 31  : The members of the jury must not in any case, even through an intermediary, implement projects submitted to competition. In the event of breaches of these provisions, the Ministry in charge of the digital economy reserves the right to take precautionary measures and pursue them in court in accordance with the texts in force in Burkina Faso.

Article 32  : The members of the jury are bound to the secrecy of the deliberations.

Article 33  : The jury is autonomous, sovereign and its decisions are final.

Article 34  : The jury may not proceed with a seat when it considers that the projects do not have sufficient quality and relevance to be supported.

Article 35  : In the event of flagrant favoritism by one or all of the members of the jury towards a project, the National Organizing Committee must proceed to the elimination of the candidate having been the object of the favoritism. .

Article 36  : All information regarding the selected is done through the platform’s official website.

CHAPTER 6: SUPPORT FOR PROJECTS

Article 37  : Any agreement between a project leader, a business angels or an incubator must be made via an agreement signed between the two (02) parties. A copy will be deposited with the organizing committee for archiving.

Article 38  : The amounts / conditions announced for the support of projects selected for the jury by business angels / incubators are recorded in the jury’s deliberation report. No amount limit is set for business angels / incubators to support a project. The duration of the support is specific to each project and is clearly notified in the agreement between the two parties.

Article 39 : Any conflict arising from non-compliance with the commitments made and notified in the agreement will be settled either amicably between the parties or before the competent courts.

Article 40 : The promoters of preselected projects who have not benefited from a support agreement may represent themselves once (01); to the hearing phase of the immediate next session.

Article 41  : A work that has benefited from support at a session cannot be represented on the innovation platform as a candidate.

Article 42: Any project leader who has benefited from support undertakes to provide the necessary information on the state of execution of the project in order to feed the innovation platform.

Article 43  : The projects are monitored by a committee set up for this purpose. A ministerial decree will come to specify the composition, the functioning and the attributions of this committee.

TITLE IV – FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 44  : As part of the platform’s promotional activities, the Ministry in charge of the digital economy, through the National Organizing Committee, reserves the right to use the presentations and technical solutions submitted.

Article 45  : The National Organizing Committee alone is empowered to be informed and to initiate the search for solutions to cases not provided for in these regulations.

Article 46  : These general regulations are deposited with the General Directorate for the Development of the Digital Industry (DGDI) of the Ministry in charge of the digital economy.

It is also possible to consult and print the general regulations at the following address: www.platinum.bf

Article 47 : Any modification of these regulations, authorized by the National Organizing Committee gives rise to a new deposit on the platform’s site and comes into force as of its posting online and any candidate or group of candidates is deemed to be ” have accepted by the simple fact of participating in a call for projects, from the date of entry into force of the modification.

Any candidate or group of candidates refusing the modification (s) made ceases to participate in the session for which they have registered. 

The National Organizing Committee reserves the right, in all cases, to extend the period of a call for projects and to postpone any date and / or time announced.

Article 48  : Any question relating to the sessions and not provided for by these rules is governed by Burkinabè law.