About the Orange Corners Nigeria
The Orange Corners incubation programme enables aspiring entrepreneurs to be nourished and trained to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders. It provides aspiring Nigerian young entrepreneurs with a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility, where they get the opportunity to collaborate and work with like-minded individuals.
The programme ensures capacity building in the form of trainings, master classes, events, coaching & mentoring, and access to potential customers, markets and financing. Orange Corners Lagos is developed and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Lagos and implemented by FATE Foundation. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lagos and FATE Foundation aim to contribute to a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria, which provides economic opportunities, skills and economic empowerment for the youth.
To qualify, participants must be between the ages of 18 – 35 years of age with a business concept. Key benefits include:
- Enterprise Training and Master Class Sessions
- Mentoring Support to Build Growing Business
- Advisory, Funding & Market Linkage support
- Incubation Support within a Collaborative Space
- Access to Tools, Resource and Networks.
Duration: 6 Months
Business Level: Idea – Early Stage
Class Size: 20
Seminar, Workshops, Masterclasses, Business Support, Funding and Market Linkages and Community Building events
Structure and Curriculum
The Incubation programme combines a mix of interactive enterprise training, mentoring, advisory and business support services to enable each participant fully develop their idea from a concept to a viable product/service.
Enterprise Training & Master Classes
- Concept Development
- Design Thinking
- Market Strategy
- Product/Service Development
- Operations Management
- Business Model Canvas
- Business Plan Development
- Budgeting, Financial Management and Financial Reporting
- People Management
- Raising Financing
- Digital Marketing
- Business Pitching
- Business Growth Advisory (accounting, legal, tax, HR, marketing, digital)
- Business Registration with the CAC
- Funding Linkages
- Market Linkages
- Matching with a Business Mentor
- Full access to the Orange Corners Lagos Incubation space including co-working space, meeting room facilities, Wi-Fi, printing and tea/coffee.
- Application Timeline: December 1, 2019 – January 18, 2020
- Bootcamp: February 3, 2020 – February 7, 2020
- Incubation Programme: January 27, 2020 – July 30, 2020
- Application Timeline: May 1, 2020 – June 19, 2020
- Boot camp: July 1, 2020 – July 2, 2020
- Incubation Programme: July 16, 2020 – December 3, 2020
Interested applicants must complete the online form here. Applicants will be required to complete all the required fields and upload the following:
- Passport Photograph
- School Certificate or Statement of Result
- Birth Certificate
Following a review of all received applications, 30 candidates will be shortlisted for a 2-day Bootcamp which will culminate in a Pitch Competition to shortlist the top 20 participants per stream to go through the Incubation programme.
Through the support of the Kingdom of Netherlands Orange Corners, and other Partners, the programme is FREE to entrepreneurs who are shortlisted to the Bootcamp and incubation stage. This scholarship support from Orange Corners Nigeria covers all direct course fees including course materials, books, feeding.
This is a non-residential programme and it is expected that each entrepreneur enrolled for the programme must be able to get themselves to and from the Orange Corners Location at FATE Foundation which will be communicated during the shortlisting process.
Who Can Apply?
To be eligible, you must be:
Age: Between 18 – 35 years old
Residence: Reside in Lagos
Business Stage: Concept Validation
Sector Preferences: Circular Economy (Upcycling, Recycling, Environmental Sustainability), Agribusiness, Health, Education & Creatives.
Gender: Strong Focus on a Gender Balance
Digital: Computer Literate and have Access to a Laptop or Data Enabled Device
When Can I Apply?
Applications for the first stream will be open from May 3 – May 31, 2019 while that of the second stream will be open from January 1 – January 18 2019.
How many entrepreneurs are you selecting per stream?
For each stream, we will be selecting 30 entrepreneurs who will take part in the 2-day Bootcamp and then 20 final entrepreneurs to be shortlisted for the incubation program.
Is there a Fee to Participate?
There is no direct fee to the participants to participate in the programme. The tuition and programme fees are covered by the programme partners. However, participants are expected to be able to get themselves to and from the training venue and cover their transportation expenses as required.
How Do I Know if my Application Has Been Successful?
Only applicants shortlisted to the Bootcamp stage will be contacted.
Can I make changes to my application after I have submitted or do I do a Fresh Application Instead?
No. Once you have submitted it is final and you will not be able to edit the application. Also, multiple entries will be disqualified. We encourage you to verify your application carefully before submitting.
What is the time involvement expected for participants?
Participants will expect to be available for the full 2-day bootcamp and 1 day a week for the 3 month training phase of the programme. The selected participants will have access to the full programme agenda and timeline requirements after the completion of the selection process.
Where Should I Send any Enquiries?
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow @OrangeCornersNG and @FATE Foundation to keep up to date regarding information and announcements regarding the programme