3 Earlier today, Orange Corners South Africa (OC) and AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca.com) South Africa officially announced a new partnership to support Orange Corner’s program in South Africa focused on creating an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs.
5 The Orange Corners (OC) program is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Dutch companies. In South Africa, OC collaborates with companies such as Vopak, Heineken and Philips. OC supports young entrepreneurs to turn innovative ideas and startups into thriving businesses. Orange Corners is committed to contributing to inclusive economic growth and job creation. The program provides personalized support to both grassroots and advanced entrepreneurs through individualized business development training, which aims to bridge the gaps in their individual business development plans as laid out at the beginning of the OC journey. Coaching is complemented with training, masterclasses, access to markets and, in a limited way, working capital needs.
6 Orange Corners is pleased to welcome AstraZeneca as a private partner in South Africa. As part of the collaboration, AstraZeneca will provide funding to the program through its Youth Health Program (YHP), a holistic and integrated community investment program focused on connecting adolescents to health and wellness. AstraZeneca will also participate in OC’s mentoring program, offering support to young entrepreneurs.
7 Barbara Nel, Country President African Cluster (SA, SSA, FSA) at AstraZeneca, said:
8 “This partnership with Orange Corners South Africa is an integral part of our unwavering commitment to creating sustainable impact in Africa. We want to ensure that young entrepreneurs in South Africa have a platform of support and inclusive opportunities, with access to a network of knowledge and experience, helping them develop their innovative ideas into successful businesses. We recognize that making a meaningful difference in the communities in which we work and live requires strong collaboration and partnership with like-minded organizations like Orange Corners, who are equally committed to making change happen. We look forward to working together to accelerate African entrepreneurship.”
9 Han Peters, the Dutch ambassador to South Africa, said:
10 “Entrepreneurship plays a key role in solving socio-economic challenges. We are committed to making a positive contribution to South Africa by creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs, a key element of which is linking start-ups with businesses and institutes of knowledge. This is not possible without partnerships, which is why we are excited about the collaboration with AstraZeneca. It will allow Orange Corners to help more entrepreneurs, create more jobs and, most importantly, make a tangible difference in people’s everyday lives.”