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Orange Corners 2024 Designs Program for Young Entrepreneurs

Orange Corners 2024 Designs Program for Young Entrepreneurs

A new initiative of the CDI supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

The Orange Corners Designs Programme is on the lookout for visionary individuals whose businesses are poised for growth and dedicated to making a positive impact in under-resourced communities to participate as the first (1st) Cape Town cohort of the programme starting in July 2024.

Focused on the following industries:

  • Green
  • Digital
  • Gender Equity
  • Creative (film, performance and visual arts, culinary arts, fashion, interior, furniture design etc.)
  • Creative Economy

Benefits of Orange Corners Designs Program

  • Business Development for accelerated growth: Participate in various business training activities.
  • Mentorship: Access to seasoned mentors and industry experts to guide your growth journey using the design thinking approach model.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and potential collaborators.
  • Funding: Opportunity for funding and investment to fuel your business expansion.
  • Exposure: Showcase your venture to a wider audience and gain recognition for your efforts.

Requirements for Orange Corners Designs Program

  • Are you a dynamic young entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and a drive for social change?
  • Do you have a desire to grow your business?
  • Is your business able/ready to create jobs?
  • Are you looking to make a significant impact in your respective industry?
  • Are you an entrepreneur commitment to your entrepreneurial journey?

If this describes you, then you might be eligible to apply to participate in the Orange Corners | Designs Programme which will incubate you for a period of 10-12 months undergoing intensive business and mentoring intervention.

Selection Process

Criteria for Application:

  • Focus: Priority given to ventures led by youth and women entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities.
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Existing business that is registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission CIPC/sole trader, tax compliance etc.
  • Track Record: Enterprise with history and traction and/or market research, or skill of the applicant.
  • Viable Idea: have done market research.
  • Commitment: Demonstrated dedication from the applicant to the entrepreneurial journey, overcoming challenges with resilience and perseverance.
  • Vision, Mission and Purpose: Clear articulation of a vision for social change and community empowerment.
  • Innovation: Offering innovative products, services, or opportunities that address pressing needs in their communities or regions.
  • Basic business information: operational, financial, or other.
  • Must be willing/able to take time off from business.

Application Deadline: June 10, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Orange Corners on to apply

Submit your application via the form below detailing information about yourself, your business concept, an income statement and any other financial information, social impact goals, a picture of your product and growth plans to by 10 June 2024.

For more details, visit Orange Corners website


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