Netherlands

Egypt (Cairo)

The Orange Corners Cairo incubation programme aims to support 30+ Egyptian young entrepreneurs per year with a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility, where they get the opportunity to collaborate and work with like-minded individuals in order to start and grow their business. The incubation programme, focusing particularly on entrepreneurs in the agriculture and creative sector, offers training, business development support, masterclasses, events, coaching and mentoring sessions. Through collaboration between the private and public sector, Orange Corners combines forces to contribute towards the economic growth of Egypt and strengthen the Egyptian startup ecosystem.

Application process

  1. Online application

    The application form becomes available on our website prior to the beginning of each six-month cycle. Fill in all required fields and submit via the online application form submit button. Please make sure to check your inbox regularly to see if you are one of the 50 selected semi-finalists.

  2. Bootcamp

    The 50 semi-finalists will be invited to participate in a compulsory two-day-long bootcamp in which a jury decides who are best placed to join the incubation programme.

  3. Selection

    Selection will be conducted according to the performance during the bootcamp. At the end of the bootcamp, 20-25 young Egyptian entrepreneurs will be selected to participate for six months.

FAQ

  • How can I apply?

    You can apply through our application form on the website as soon as applications open.

  • What are the selection criteria?

    Eligibility Criteria:
    • At least one of the startup founders is aged 18-35 years old.
    • Commitment to attend the full activities of the program, with maximum excused absence of 20%.

    Target Applicant Persona
    • Recent university graduates, but may also only hold a secondary education certificate.
    • Living in Cairo or within a 60-minute commuting radius outside of Cairo.
    • Interested in creativity, design and technology.
    • Interested in addressing social challenges and problems.
    • Self-driven and ambitious.
    • Have ideas related to the 2 target industry focus areas: agriculture and handicrafts/creative sector.
    • 50% participation of female entrepreneurs.

    Business idea criteria:
    • Scalability of the business idea
    • Team competence and commitment
    • Progress to date
    • Potential market size
    • Innovation
    • Impact potential
    • Degree to which the team will benefit from the programme

  • How can I apply?

    You can apply through our application form on the website as soon as applications open.

  • What are the benefits of this programme for me?

    The proposed program includes the following benefits for the participants:
    • A 6-months program in which the best startups are progressively identified over 3 stages.
    • An intensive 2-day bootcamp to prepare startups to pitch to continue after the first stage of the program.
    • A 5-day masterclass to kickstart the beginning of the main stage of the program.
    • 8 bi-weekly half-day entrepreneurship training workshop sessions.
    • 4 inspirational and experiential guest speaker discussion sessions (Spark and Ideacircle).
    • Access to a network of more than 200 industry Mentors during 8 workshops and as needed.
    • Shared office space for the duration of the program.
    • Consultancy on legal, financial, branding design and communication issues.
    • Exposure to potential investors at the Nova event and throughout the program

  • When will I know if I’m selected?

    You will be notified by email or phone about the outcome of your application, following the application deadline.

  • When does the programme start?

    The current cycle of the incubation is currently set to start in 2021.

  • What are the costs of participation?

    Participation is free of costs.

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Our partners

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Where to find us

Orange Corners Cairo, Innoventures
124 Othman Ibn Affan, Al Matar, El Nozha, Cairo Governorate 11361, Egypte
Kingdom of the Netherlands