Through our monitoring, evaluation and learning, we collect a large amount of data. We not only use insights from these data to structurally improve our own programmes, we also actively share our learnings with both academia and the wider entrepreneurship support community. In this way, we contribute to and influence theory and practice on entrepreneurship.

Our research agenda helps us assess the efficiency of our programmes and identify where we can improve them. Through research we uncover best practices, local differences and what entrepreneurs need most. It helps us better understand our impact on job creation, economic growth and social development. And ultimately, this supports our ability to foster innovation and economic empowerment in the communities we serve. In short, research helps us make greater impact.

As Orange Corners, we want to contribute to the fields of entrepreneurship training and youth development in low- and middle-income countries. So in addition to using data and insights to adapt our own programmes, we also conduct in-depth research on specific themes related to training, finance and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

We have prioritised four research areas and two cross-cutting themes where we will focus our research efforts on in the upcoming years:

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem development
  • Entrepreneurship in fragile contexts
  • Scaling businesses in low- and middle income countries
  • Agripreneurship

Gender and digitalisation act as cross-cutting themes, influencing every research line.

By addressing critical knowledge gaps and sharing our findings, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of effective strategies and interventions to help policy makers, donors, NGOs and others design more effective programmes for young entrepreneurs.

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