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Arwa Sameh, founder of Maan: win-win for all parties involved
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Arwa Sameh, founder of Maan: win-win for all parties involved

Maan means together in Arabic. I chose this name because it illustrates the connection we have with our customers, community, local organisations, members and suppliers. Arwa Othman – اروى عثمان مركز تنموية grew up in Assiut, Upper Egypt and is a young and inspiring leader for her district. She is the founder of Maan, a ...

Orange Corners Egypt celebrates graduation of first 28 entrepreneurs in Cairo and Assiut
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Orange Corners Egypt celebrates graduation of first 28 entrepreneurs in Cairo and Assiut

We look back at a festive September month in Egypt, as Orange Corners Egypt celebrated the graduation of 28 entrepreneurs from its first incubation cycles in Cairo and Assiut. On 13 September, Orange Corners Upper Egypt welcomed 16 entrepreneurs to the stage during a physical ceremony in Assiut to receive a certificate celebrating their achievement. ...

Ti Naturel: saving Ivorian vegetables to make savoury sauces
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Ti Naturel: saving Ivorian vegetables to make savoury sauces

The strength of Ti Naturel is that we preserve the authentic taste of Ivorian vegetables in an innovative and sustainable way. Marie Ange Christelle Kouassi, a born and bred Abidjan former computer engineer, had 13 years’ experience in vegetable farming before launching Ti Naturel (“It is naturel”). Her strong passion for agriculture and eagerness for ...

Orange Corners and Ingenious City teamed up: Ecosystem mapping in Burundi
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Orange Corners and Ingenious City teamed up: Ecosystem mapping in Burundi

In response to a request from the Netherlands embassy in Bujumbura to better understand the entrepreneurship ecosystem, Orange Corners and Ingenious City teamed up to conduct a mapping of this ecosystem in Burundi. Ingenious City is our leading implementing partner of the Orange Corners program in DRC. It is a place where change agents work ...

Agro-business in Ivory Coast: from production, processing to distribution of cassava
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Agro-business in Ivory Coast: from production, processing to distribution of cassava

The OC programme has helped me to gain more visibility due to the marketing workshops, articles, social media publications and other forms of publicity done by Orange Corners and their private partners. Gislain Kouakou never thought of showcasing his own products in several convenience stores, supermarkets and small shops. But only three years after he ...

Akhdur: saving greens through solar dehydration
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Akhdur: saving greens through solar dehydration

We equip small and middle sized farmers with locally manufactured drying units and market access services to produce shelf stable, ready to be eaten by consumers. Agriculture remains a crucial sector in the Sudanese economy, accountable for nearly 95% of the Sudanese exports. Unfortunately, 40% of the domestic agricultural production goes immediately to waste. The remedy? Reducing the post-harvest losses, for example by ...

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Orange Corners Maputo welcomes new partners Van Oord and Vodacom Mozambique Entrepreneurship and innovation are key drivers of sustainable economic growth as well as creation of decent job opportunities. Van Oord and the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Mozambique started discussions quite some time ago on ways to accelerate positive impact on ...

Intrapreneurship is the gateway to innovation
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Intrapreneurship is the gateway to innovation

At Orange Corners, we strive for innovation and impact at the ecosystem level. Therefore, we would like to offer our local private partners the opportunity to take part in the adventure that is intrapreneurship. Our partners benefit from the ability of making use of the Orange Corners incubation programme, which has already trained over 800 ...

Ecowaste: increasing awareness of managing waste in Sudan
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Ecowaste: increasing awareness of managing waste in Sudan

Ecowaste combats an important societal and environmental issue in Sudan by improving waste management, providing environmental services and integrating the direct population. With an architecture degree in her pocket, the 26-years-old Rahma Ali was nescient of the business world when she entered the Orange Corners Programme in 2019. She first participated in the EmpowerHer workshops organised ...

Designing, producing and distributing products made possible by disadvantaged women in Khartoum
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Designing, producing and distributing products made possible by disadvantaged women in Khartoum

I would like women to obtain their own training and production centre, creating something for themselves and thus attaining a higher and better quality of life. Leila has always been interested and engaged in creating opportunities for her community. One day on a local market in Khartoum, she saw Betoul sitting on a chair while ...

Any kind of service, only one click away
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Any kind of service, only one click away

As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for the results you deliver. For Darnafees, it means that our entire team pays a lot of attention to the orders we receive in order to ensure the highest standards and quality. Imagine being able to request any service of choice, as dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator reparations, or ...

DowaQa: a cultural and innovative food journey
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DowaQa: a cultural and innovative food journey

DowaQa is all about making, transforming and enjoying food with the products and people you have around you. In the next five years, I hope DowaQa will be the pioneer of a healthier and more inclusive food Sudanese industry and culture! Our mind has no limit. We learn by doing and need to innovate to ...

Join the Orange Corners Alumni Community!
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Join the Orange Corners Alumni Community!

The first meetings of the Orange Corners Alumni Community were held in July of 2021. We conducted a masterclass about export and had the official launch event. But we want more! The ambition is to fully use the potential we have in our middle. We are all entrepreneurs from different countries, widely spread around the ...

Connecting gift lovers with small local businesses
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Connecting gift lovers with small local businesses

“Hadyari’s aim is to promote a culture of love, collaboration and peace and create a market for the local workforce to boot.” Rebin was explaining one day to his colleagues how much time it costs to buy and wrap a gift for my mother. It bothered him. Contemplating on this concern, a big idea came that ...

Celebrating our entrepreneurs on International Youth Day 2021 #YouthatHeart
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Celebrating our entrepreneurs on International Youth Day 2021 #YouthatHeart

Key take-aways On August 12 2021, the world celebrated International Youth Day (IYD). So did Orange Corners. This special UN day draws attention on issues relevant for the youth and on the ways they can contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future. IYD 2021 theme of the UN was Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation ...

Providing innovative organic food solutions for optimum health in Ghana
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Providing innovative organic food solutions for optimum health in Ghana

Our vision statement is to become a global nutrition, health and wellness company that achieves better health for the majority of Ghanaian population by 2030 Bright and Millicent’s vision for the next ten years is to become considerable contributors to public and global health development in Ghana. This started when in 2006, Millicent, was diagnosed ...

Safeguarding and cultivating the future of Akuapem through coffee
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Safeguarding and cultivating the future of Akuapem through coffee

Asili is an enterprise that is unique from production to distribution due to its the strong community based association and value chain. Access to quality coffee is, according to John, not a privilege, but a right. It is more than a cup of joy for some, it is a necessity. But the question to ask: ...

Tagreebi: merging art, design with technology
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Tagreebi: merging art, design with technology

In 2014, when Ahmed Abdelaziz and his team presented an installation on the Venice Architecture Biennale, it was the first time that Egypt presented its own architectural pavilion after years of political turmoil. As a commissioner, Ahmed was proud to present his project focused on the crosspoint between modernity and the history of architecture in ...

Uniting Egyptian history with art and design
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Uniting Egyptian history with art and design

The Gawad sisters, Rasha and Sara, decided to pursue their childhood passion in art and fashion design 10 years ago. They were intrigued by the dying art of the hand-woven textile industry and traditional loom weaving, the antithesis of fast-fashion production. The place of origin of their hand woven textiles is Akhmem, a small village ...

Kick-off event Orange Corners Alumni Community: Masterclass on ‘Getting Ready to Export’
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Kick-off event Orange Corners Alumni Community: Masterclass on ‘Getting Ready to Export’

We are proud to announce that we have officially launched the Orange Corners Alumni Community on July 1st, 2021 with a festive virtual opening inlcuding the first network sessions for attending alumni. The aim of this community is to offer alumni from all Orange Corners locations an accessible, inspiring and supportive platform where they connect ...

Establishing the foundation of a vibrant Community of Practice across Africa and the Middle East together with YBI
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Establishing the foundation of a vibrant Community of Practice across Africa and the Middle East together with YBI

OCHQ would like to express its gratitude to YBI for their support of the Orange Corners Programme in constructing a Community of Practice, which began in January 2021 and came to a successful close last April. YBI supports young people around the world to start, grow and sustain businesses. As a platform for members to exchange ideas, ...

Alojinha: using recycled materials to make sustainable products
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Alojinha: using recycled materials to make sustainable products

“Entrepreneurship can pave the way for enhancing a sustainable and prosperous ecosystem in young Africa, but therefore entrepreneurship integration should be put at the forefront of our countries” Diná Manuel has been interested in design since a young age, studying art and design in Portugal, before working in England as a market researcher and music ...

IT4Kids and BE networks' collaboration with Orange Corners
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IT4Kids and BE networks' collaboration with Orange Corners

Orange Corners is proud to announce a new partnership with IT4Kids & BE Networks. The aim of this partnership is to make IT accessible for young entrepreneurs across Africa and the Middle East. Through this partnership, the two IT partners will bring their collective resources, expertise, network & innovative fundraising model of the IT4Kids Foundation to ...

Digital Intelligence Language: leading information technology startup in Angola
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Digital Intelligence Language: leading information technology startup in Angola

The services of DIL bridges the gap between the businesses’ challenges and the role of intelligent systems that can serve as solutions. When Abílio was only 8 years old, his dad offered his brother an old computer, familiarising the family with computer systems. From that moment on, Abílio’s interest for computers and how they work, ...

Ecotutu: achieving food security and driving sustainability in Nigeria
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Ecotutu: achieving food security and driving sustainability in Nigeria

My team is committed to provide access to clean and affordable cold chain solutions, while creating a profitable and sustainable business that increases local employment and improves environmental wellness The agricultural sector is the principal driving force of the African economy, securing employment for two thirds of the continent’s working population. However, 45% of the ...

In-depth interview with CAIA's founder
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In-depth interview with CAIA's founder

We will be the leading destination for venture investment, in thirty years from now!    In 2004, Akiules started scrutinising his student budget and discovered by surprise that he could live in the future if he would pay off recurring monthly payments immediately, such as TV, Internet and phone bills. In doing so, he endeavoured to ...

From the Dutch Orange to the Angolan Angels
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From the Dutch Orange to the Angolan Angels

To foster Angola’s entrepreneurial spirit and create gender equal opportunities, the Orange Corners incubation programme has been up and running in Luanda for the last three years. This programme, supporting young entrepreneurs between the age of 18 and 35 years old, enables them to start and grow their business so they bring innovative good and ...

'AN ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY'
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'AN ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY'

Recently, Orange Corners of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency published its first Orange Corners Progress Report, covering the first four years of the OC programme (2016-2020). The success of the first OC incubation programme in South-Africa in 2016 has paved the way for the  OC programmes in 15 local hubs within 13 countries in 2020, with ...

ORANGE CORNERS CÔTE D'IVOIRE CONGRATULATES OCIF WINNERS
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ORANGE CORNERS CÔTE D'IVOIRE CONGRATULATES OCIF WINNERS

Earlier this month, Orange Corners congratulated another group of successful participants of the Orange Corners Innovation Fund (OCIF) at Orange Corners Côte d’Ivoire. The OCIF aims to improve access to finance for start-ups that are enrolled in the Orange Corners incubation- and acceleration programmes. The funding enables entrepreneurs to further establish innovative business solutions which ...

Opening of OCIF Management Applications
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Opening of OCIF Management Applications

OCIF Management Applications have opened on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Orange Corners Innovation Fund (OCIF) has been initiated with the aim to improve access to finance for early-stage startups that are enrolled in the Orange Corners incubation- and acceleration programmes. The fund enables these companies to scale and develop innovative solutions ...

Publication report on Female Entrepreneurship Côte d'Ivoire by Catalystas Consultancy
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Publication report on Female Entrepreneurship Côte d'Ivoire by Catalystas Consultancy

In autumn 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned Catalystas Consultancy to carry out a study on the entrepreneurship ecosystem and its effects on women in Côte d’Ivoire for the Private Sector Development Toolkit, which operates as an intstrument for the international department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA). Catalystas Consultancy is a consultancy ...

IWD2021 Salma Bougarrani - Challenging gender stereotypes in STEM
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IWD2021 Salma Bougarrani - Challenging gender stereotypes in STEM

CEO of Green Watech – Orange Corners Morocco Meet Salma Bougarrani. Salma is the CEO of Green Watech, an company the develops and produces a new generation of patented, innovative, low-cost, ecological and efficient water filters for the treatment and re-use of waste water from rural communities and decentralised sites. Because sanitation in Morocco, especially ...

Introducing: ‘La Caravane Orange Corners’ Morocco
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Introducing: ‘La Caravane Orange Corners’ Morocco

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Orange Corners have launched a new concept ‘La Caravane Orange Corners’ at Orange Corners Morocco in collaboration with our new partner Bidaya which was presented during an official launch event on February 12th, 2021. This new ‘moving’ variation of the Orange Corners programe will take place ...

MEET THE WINNERS OF OCIF NIGERIA TRACK II
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MEET THE WINNERS OF OCIF NIGERIA TRACK II

Last month, we were able to congratulate another group of succesful participants of the Orange Corners Innovation Fund (OCIF) at Orange Corners Nigeria. The OCIF aims to improve access to finance for early-stage startups that are enrolled in the Orange Corners incubation- and acceleration programmes. This enables the winning entrepreneurs to scale their business and ...

LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP - by Carol Nader
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LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP - by Carol Nader

Becoming an entrepreneur takes a lot of perseverance and a great passion for your idea. This is even more necessary as a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated ecosystem. However, there are numerous examples of successful female business owners who have flourished despite an unsupportive culture. Luckily, I have had the great opportunity to dive into ...

Orange Corners presents the #CounteringCovid series
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Orange Corners presents the #CounteringCovid series

COVID-19 has impacted the world as we know it. Whereas for the coronavirus pandemic (social) distance is needed, it is also uniting us more than ever. Times of chaos can bring out the best in humanity. It’s inspiring to see how people are working together for global solidarity and coming up with creative responses to ...

THE DECADE OF TRANSFORMATION - OUR ENTREPRENEURS AND THE SDG's
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THE DECADE OF TRANSFORMATION - OUR ENTREPRENEURS AND THE SDG's

At Orange Corners we believe in building a better world through entrepreneurship. We believe in young people with dreams, visions and the determination to take action and contribute to a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive society. In the light of SDG action day, the following feature celebrates some of the many Orange Corners entrepreneurs that are ...

NATIONAL START-UP ACT DRC : THE VOICE OF THE YOUTH MATTERS!
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NATIONAL START-UP ACT DRC : THE VOICE OF THE YOUTH MATTERS!

Orange Corners has been supporting young entrepreneurs in DRC through its incubation programme since 2019. The second cohort just started and the incubatees are learning and growing a lot in the 6 month programmes, implemented by our brilliant local service provider IngeniousCity. However, for a young entrepreneur to start a successful company in DRC that ...

YOUTH AT HEART VIRTUAL FORUM: KEY-OUTTAKES PRE-SESSIONS
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YOUTH AT HEART VIRTUAL FORUM: KEY-OUTTAKES PRE-SESSIONS

On 2 November 2020, the Youth at Heart Virtual Forum took place. This was exciting virtual event organised by the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs where several interesting and pressing Youth-related topics were discussed. During the event 1700+ participants from over 100 countries joined 23 sessions that over 75 organisations have organised. In the run-up ...

GLOBALISATION, DIGITALISATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK AND SKILLS
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GLOBALISATION, DIGITALISATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK AND SKILLS

We realize these are a lot of buzzwords in one title. Nevertheless, the consequences of globalisation and digitalisation are going to be felt in every aspect of our daily lives, our societies and our economies. It is crucial to understand how to respond to the questions they involve: will the next wave of globalisation and ...

ORANGE CORNERS LAUNCHES PILOT INNOVATION FUND
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ORANGE CORNERS LAUNCHES PILOT INNOVATION FUND

Recently Orange Corners has launched the Orange Corners Innovation Fund (OCIF). The OCIF aims to improve access to finance for early-stage startups that are enrolled in the Orange Corners incubation- and acceleration programmes. The OCIF enables them to scale their business and develop innovative solutions to local challenges that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). ...

7 KEY INSIGHTS ON INNOVATION
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7 KEY INSIGHTS ON INNOVATION

KEY INSIGHTS FROM LEADERS IN INNOVATION Collaboration and innovation are key! Especially with the speed at which today’s world moves. After visiting our partners at Unilever, Tony Chocolonely, Friesland Campina and Heineken, as well as THNK School of Creative Leadership and startup accelerators such as Rockstart, here are the insights on innovation they would like to share with ...

ORANGE CORNERS RECEIVES AWARD FOR POSITIVE INFLUENCE
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ORANGE CORNERS RECEIVES AWARD FOR POSITIVE INFLUENCE

The international magazine MONOCLE – a leading media brand on global affairs – has selected The Netherlands as winner of a Soft Power Award 2019, based on their embassy programmes that support entrepreneurship, among which Orange Grove and Orange Corners. These plaudits go to the embassies and institutions that bring across positive change and values in other ...

OFFICIAL OPENING OF ORANGE CORNERS NIGERIA
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OFFICIAL OPENING OF ORANGE CORNERS NIGERIA

On Wednesday 10 July, Orange Corners Nigeria celebrated the start of its first six-month incubation programme for Nigerian entrepreneurs in Lagos. The programme provides 20 talented young innovators with expert training and mentorship as well as access to facilities, networks and supply-chains to start and grow their company. Orange Corners Nigeria is an initiative of ...

NIGERIA START-UP CHALLENGE
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NIGERIA START-UP CHALLENGE

CALLING ALL AGRO-FOOD AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES INNOVATORS! Are you: A Dutch startup – or based in the Netherlands – and do you have a solution for a challenge related to one of the SDGs and relevant to the Nigerian context? Active in the agro-food sector or do you offer a solution that contributes to the theme “sustainable cities and circular solutions”? Excited to travel ...

JOIN THE ONE YOUNG WORLD SUMMIT 2019 WITH THE DUTCH MFA
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JOIN THE ONE YOUNG WORLD SUMMIT 2019 WITH THE DUTCH MFA

Do you care about youth employment and have you had an active role in promoting it? Are you aged between 18 and 34? And would you like to come to the One Young World Summit in London from 22 to 25 October, and an additional pre-Summit programme in the Netherlands on 21 October?  Then apply now ...

HOW THE  SYRIAN CONFLICT INFLUENCES ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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HOW THE SYRIAN CONFLICT INFLUENCES ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The hardships and destruction war can leave in people’s lives are all to familiar across the globe. The last few years have been marked as the largest refugee crisis. In 2017, over 65 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced because of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations according to the numbers of the UN ...

ORANGE CORNERS SUDAN WELCOMES THREE MAJOR SUDANESE PARTNERS
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ORANGE CORNERS SUDAN WELCOMES THREE MAJOR SUDANESE PARTNERS

On 24 January, Orange Corners Sudan celebrates the start of its first six-month incubation programme for 20 Sudanese entrepreneurs in Khartoum. The programme in Sudan is executed by entrepreneurship platform 249 Startups and in partnership with Sudanese companies: Haggar Group, Elnefeidi Group and Salih Abdelrahman Yagoub group. These Sudanese companies are motivated to help build new ...

A MELHOR FORMA DE PREVE O FUTORO É CRIÁ-LO
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A MELHOR FORMA DE PREVE O FUTORO É CRIÁ-LO

Há três anos, a quando da minha chegada a Moçambique constatei que a maioria dos jovens não viam com bons olhos o empreendedorismo como porta de entrada para o mercado de trabalho. Deste modo, os estudantes preferiam procurar emprego em grandes empresas ou no governo, algo que hoje é diferente. Esta mudança de mentalidade, tem ...

OPENING TSHIMOLOGONG TECH INCUBATOR 2018
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OPENING TSHIMOLOGONG TECH INCUBATOR 2018

Orange Corners opens its third hub in the Tshimologong Tech Incubator in Johannesburg on February 6, 2018. This exciting moment is combined with the launch of the 2018 programme and the graduation of the class of 2017. Orange Corners, an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in partnership with top-tier Dutch businesses, assists South-African ...

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