About the Orange Corners Nigeria
The Orange Corners Nigeria Incubation Programme, an initiative of the Kingdom of Netherlands and implemented by FATE Foundation, empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to transform their dreams into thriving realities. Over the past five years, we’ve proudly nurtured 180 businesses through nine (9) cohorts, each a testament to the transformative power of our dynamic ecosystem.
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 Management Training
- Business Incubation & Advisory Services
- Funding for prototype development & testing
- Mentorship & Coaching
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
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
- CAC Registration (Optional)
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.
The 6-month Incubation programmme comprises of in-person capacity building sessions, business advisory and mentoring, industry visits and networking events. However, due to the development of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the programme will be delivered in-person and virtually.
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, Agriculture, Health, Water Solutions and Tech
Gender: Strong Focus on a Gender Balance
Digital: Computer Literate and have Access to a Laptop or Data Enabled Device
When Can I Apply?
Application for Cohort 10 begins Jan 26, 2024, End Date -Feb 18, 2024
Application for Cohort 11 begins May 6, 2024; End Date Jun 16, 2024
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 partake in all activities of the 6 month Incubation 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: [email protected]. Also, follow @OrangeCornersNG and @FATE Foundation to keep up to date regarding information and announcements regarding the programme