Orange Corners is an initiative of the Kingdom of The Netherlands that provides young entrepreneurs across Africa and the Middle East with the necessary training, networks and facilities to start and grow their startups.
Each Orange Corners programme is initiated by our local Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. We seek out partnerships with stakeholders of the local startup ecosystem, such as incubators and co-working spaces, local, Dutch and international companies and established knowledge institutes. Collectively, we form a vibrant and diverse network of actors that, under the auspices of the Embassy, launches various programmes to support starting entrepreneurs.
Our core programme is the creation of ‘Orange Corners’ in participating African and Middle Eastern countries. These are spaces in existing incubators or co-working locations where young entrepreneurs can gain skills and ideas to create and grow innovative startups. We select 15 to 30 starting entrepreneurs to participate in each Orange Corner and present them with a six to twelve-month incubation programme. The incubation programme is run by our local service providers who have experience with startups and understand the local dynamics and context better than we do.
As part of our programmes, we provide young entrepreneurs and startups with the following forms of support:
“The best way to predict the future is to create it”
– Peter Drucker –
Professionals and business experts will be at hand, providing you with consultancy tailored just for your business.
Free wifi, office amenities and coffee make sure you are at the most productive level you can be.
Seminars and workshops
Learn about different topics concerning how to run a business from our expert partners.
Mentoring and coaching
You receive access to a mentor/coach in the field of entrepreneurship to guide you through the process.
In cooperation with Dutch and local Universities we organize bootcamps to train needed entrepreneurial skills.
Community of entrepreneurs
A network of likeminded, in-house incubatees who can share experiences, information, tips and motivation.
Flexible office space
Access to our office spaces, so you always have a good place to work.
Create meaningful (business) relations that can help you grow your business in the future.
Our aim is to contribute to a thriving startup ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East by creating connective platforms for all relevant partners. At the center of these platforms are our young entrepreneurs. Through our programmes, we aim to build their skills and confidence and provide them with opportunities and networks that go beyond national borders.
More than an incubation programme
Sometimes just an Orange Corners isn’t enough, or it isn’t the answer in a specific country. In that case we find alternative programmes to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We can organise inspiring talks about entrepreneurship together with local entrepreneurs, or host a training for local service providers and teachers on how to better support and train entrepreneurs together with an incubation center and the local Dutch embassy. Orange Corners also advocates for government policies that strengthen the enabling environment for young entrepreneurs and supports knowledge institutes in integrating entrepreneurship education in their curricula.