Iraq (Kurdistan Region)

Orange Corners Erbil is a startup 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 programmes 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.

What Orange Corners can offer you

  • Skills development

    Collective and individual workshops on the stages of the creation of social enterprises

  • Coaching and mentoring

    Personal development week, collective workshops in soft skills, mentoring

  • Personalised follow-up

    Advisory board (strategic committee), collective

  • Events and networking

    Professional meetings, events organised by incubatees

  • Accommodation and domiciliation

    Access to the incubator space, reduced price for commercial domiciliation

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 young entrepreneurs will be selected to participate for six months.


  • When can I apply?

    Currently, applications are open for the 6th cohort. You can apply via the applications button above on this page.

  • 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 am selected?

    After the review process, successful applicants will be contacted via email.

  • When does the programme start?

    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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