Orange Corners invites NL ecosystem to meet local partners

Between 2 and 8 June, all Orange Corners implementing partners and embassy contacts were in the Netherlands for a series of strategic workshops, visits and to get to know each other and the NL startup ecosystem better. To introduce them to our partners in the Netherlands, on Thursday June 6th we organised a networking event, where besides substantive content ample time was allocated to get to know each other (better).

The programme included, amongst others, a panel discussion with Orange Corners partners Maeva Kpadonou (i4policy), Laura di Santolo (Forward·Inc), David van Dijk (African Angel Academy), Onovughakpo Sonia Fajusigbe (NL Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria) and Franck Fléchard (Heineken International). Christina Bidmon (Utrecht University) shared some preliminary results from her research with Orange Corners.

NL Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work Jurriaan Middelhoff, a long-time friend to our programme, was of course also present. In his keynote speech, he shared his experiences visiting multiple Orange Corners locations.

Photos: Arenda Oomen

Host for the day: Ramiro Gomes Monteiro (Orange Corners Programme Advisor for Jordan & Sudan, social entrepreneur)
Official kick-off by NL Youth Ambassador Jurriaan Middelhoff
Research deep dive with Christina Bidmon (Utrecht University)
Christina and her research partner Milou Derks (Orange Corners Head of Research)
Panel discussion with Maeva Kpadouou (i4policy), Franck Fléchard (Heineken International), Onovughakpo Sonia Fajusigbe (NL Consulate in Lagos), David van Dijk (African Angel Academy) and Laura di Santolo (Forward·Inc)
Adenike Adeyemi, FATE Foundation/Orange Corners Nigeria
Khansa Alhag, 249Startups/Orange Corners Sudan
Kingdom of the Netherlands