Orange Corners Erbil is a start-up incubator helping entrepreneurs from the Kurdistan Region to launch and grow their businesses. We provide male and female entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, skills and access to markets. Our goal is to develop and support the ecosystem in the region so entrepreneurs can achieve their dreams and at the same time help the local market grow. Orange Corners Erbil provides young entrepreneurs with a 6-month incubation programme to establish a business and take this to the local market.
What Orange Corners Erbil can Offer
The Netherlands Consulate General in Erbil and its partners are committed to making a positive contribution to the Kurdistan Region by providing incubation programs for (future) male and female entrepreneurs. We offer a physical workspace, knowledge and training, mentorship and coaching and other important motivators for our incubatees to be able to start and grow their businesses to the best of their abilities. We bring existing knowledge into practice and find out what it is our entrepreneurs need to become more successful. Together we can find solutions to any barrier standing in the way of creating an optimal entrepreneurial environment.
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.
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.
Selection will be conducted according to the performance during the bootcamp. At the end of the bootcamp, 20 young entrepreneurs will be selected to participate for six months.
When can I apply?
Currently, applications are closed. The second co-hort is running.
What are the selection criteria?
• Aspiring entrepreneurs based in Kurdistan region.
• Between 18 – 35 years old.
• Students or graduates from a known institute/University.
• Validated innovative business idea, not more than 2 years old.
• The product or service responds to a local challenge in Iraq.
• The product or service relates to Agrifood or Water Management
How can I apply?
All applications must be submitted online, through our application form (by clicking on the orange button on this page).
How will this programme benefit me?
• Community hub for like minded individuals
• Sessions from business leaders
• Business training
• Networking events
• Mentoring with experienced professionals and entrepreneurs
• Exposure to markets and resources
• Coaching and guidance
• Flexible and dynamic workspace
How will I know I’m selected?
After the review process, successful applicants will be contacted via email.
When does the programme start?
The first incubation Orange Corners Erbil programme starts in January 2020. If you are selected you will receive further information.
Does it cost anything to participate?
There is no participation fee required. The programme is funded by the government of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and its partners from the private sector.
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