The Orange Corners Designs Programme 2024 for Creative Entrepreneurs


Application Deadline:  10 June 2024.

Applications are now open for the 2024 Orange Corners Designs Programme. 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. 

  • 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.

Focused on the following industries:

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


  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.


  • 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.

How to Apply

  • If you fit the criteria above and believe your venture has what it takes to make a difference, Orange Corner wants to hear from you! Submit your application via the project webpage 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 Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Orange Corners Designs Programme 2024

Whether you are looking for your first job, a better job or just want to manage the direction of your career, explore educational opportunities, and/or pursue entrepreneurship, offers the resources you need to make it happen.