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Orange Corners Erbil: the regions new hope for entrepreneurs and startups

Posted on 15/08/2023
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mselect is incredibly proud to announce our involvement with Orange Corners Erbil, where we provide training and support to Iraq's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Who are Orange Corners?

Orange Corners is an entrepreneurial program launched by the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aiming to empower young entrepreneurs and startups across African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries. It focuses explicitly on generating support for innovative solutions to local challenges that help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

By partnering with stakeholders and local and international organisations, Orange Corners is centring its support delivery to 16 countries. These include:

 

       Algeria

       Angola

       Bangladesh

       Côte d'Ivoire

       the Democratic Republic of the Congo

       Egypt

       Ghana

       Iraq

       Jordan

       Morocco

       Mozambique

       Nigeria

       Palestine

       Senegal

       South Africa

       and Sudan.

How is Orange Corners delivering on sustainable goals for the UN?

Working with the private sector has allowed Orange Corners to drive fundamental change in these regions. With the growing support of local and national governments, projects like this can tackle several UN Goals, namely, Decent Work and Economic Growth and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. The impact of this also contributes towards Zero Hunger and No Poverty goals, particularly in poorer economic regions.

 

Private sector backing is incredibly important here. Not just because it affords financial support but because of the wealth of knowledge and skills. Every successful private company was started by someone learning their craft as an entrepreneur - these are vital lessons for students.