Orange Corners | Designs Programme: Incubation and Acceleration

Deadline:  01st of April, 2024.

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) Johannesburg cohort of the programme.

  • 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?
  • Are you looking to make a significant impactin your respective industry?
  • Are you an entrepreneur committed to your entrepreneurial journey?

If this describes you, then you should 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, applying the Design Thinking approach. Participants will be empowered to develop customer-centric solutions that can address real-world needs effectively.

Focus areas of this programme:

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


  • 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.
  • Potential Funding: Position your business better for new opportunities i.e. future funding and investment to fuel your expansion.
  • Exposure: Showcase your venture to a wider audience and gain recognition for your efforts.
  • Product Development: Will have an opportunity to access product prototyping labs.


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

Click here to apply

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