Orange Corners is coming for Egyptian young entrepreneurs

The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Egypt is delighted to announce the launch of the entrepreneurial programme ‘Orange Corners’ in Cairo and Upper Egypt (Assiut).

This Dutch initiative provides young entrepreneurs with training, networks and facilities to start and grow their businesses. This September, two incubation programmes – one in Cairo and one in Upper Egypt (Assiut) – will kick off. Each one will provide recurring 6-month training cycles for 15 entrepreneurs at a time. The entrepreneurial training will give special attention to self-starters in the fields of agriculture and the creative sector, and will ensure a minimum of 50% participation of female entrepreneurs.

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'Young entrepreneurs are the future'

“The Kingdom of the Netherlands promotes an ambitious aid, trade and investment policy aimed at finding win-win solutions globally'', says Laurens Westhoff, Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the Arab Republic of Egypt. ''Entrepreneurship plays a vital role: it contributes to innovation and reduction of unemployment. Young entrepreneurs around the globe have proven to be risk-takers that dare to drive change, often with limited resources. Above all, they create their own job instead of seeking for one. Orange Corners provides support to these entrepreneurs in developing their ideas and personal skills.”

Making an impact on the Egyptian economy

Cultiv and Outreach Egypt are happy to be carrying out the training in Cairo and Upper Egypt: Cultiv CEO Hesham Wahby is looking forward to implementing the promising initiative: “we are excited to be bringing the Orange Corners initiative to Egypt, as it is perfectly aligned with the vision of Cultiv in providing a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs in a diverse number of fields''. He feels that Orange Corners Egypt brings a greatly needed element of working with early-stage startups in the idea and prototyping stage. ''We look forward to supporting entrepreneurs who want to develop successful and sustainable businesses while making a real impact on their community and the Egyptian economy.”

Connecting creatives

In Upper Egypt, Outreach Egypt will be developing the project. Dalia El Nazer, Business Development Director & Co-Founder of Outreach Egypt, feels that these opportunities are much needed. ''We are offering a creative environment for entrepreneurs to network with like-minded individuals and to start and grow their businesses through a state-of-the art facility and a coworking space in Assiut. We will be supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Upper Egypt, and providing opportunities for youth to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable businesses.''

Get in touch

Applications for the incubation programmes will be opened for interested entrepreneurs late July/early August. For more information about Orange Corners in Egypt, please check the  Orange Corners Cairo and  Orange Corners Upper Egypt Facebook pages and follow the Embassy of The Netherlands in Egypt via their website and Facebook.

Orange Corners Egypt values a strong connection with the local Egyptian private sector, and welcomes new private partners to contribute to the programme financially and/or in-kind. For more information or to request a partnership proposal, please contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to Egypt, via kai@minbuza.nl.

With the Egyptian launch, Orange Corners brings its total number of locations to 15. Since 2018, Orange Corners has initiated programmes across Africa and the Middle East, including in Algeria, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Iraq, the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan. For more information about other Orange Corners programmes, please check out the Orange Corners HQ website and theOrange Corners HQ Facebook page.