Growing societal and environmental issues in Southeast Asia need innovative entrepreneurial solutions. To address this need, Orange ASEAN was initiated by the Dutch Government in collaboration with the private sector and non-governmental partners. Orange ASEAN connects Dutch and ASEAN entrepreneurship to accelerate sustainable innovations.
The Orange Factory
Making business sustainable
Orange Factory is an intense 3 week workshop for talented students and young professionals from the Netherlands and Southeast Asia designing innovative solutions for sustainability challenges in the region. Supported by academics and experts, 20-30 participants work together in dedicated teams developing business cases for real-life issues. Yearly, several Factories are organized at different locations in the region.
Upcoming Factory Editions
Orange ASEAN Circular Economy
Kuala Lumpur, 19 September - 8 October 2016
Climate change, resource depletion, pollution, energy inefficiencies and waste management are major challenges in Southeast Asia. Innovative solutions are needed that can guide the transition into a circular economy in the ASEAN region. Think of: waste-to-resource, waste-to-energy, sustainable logistics and new business cases for a circular economy. We challenge you to support entrepreneurs from the Netherlands and Southeast Asia to improve their sustainability or to introduce their sustainable solutions to the region.
Join as one of the 30 Dutch and ASEAN young professionals, students and entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur for a three week Orange ASEAN Factory. Get intensive support from sustainability professionals and connect to renowned universities, companies, NGOs and government institutes. Work together in dedicated teams to develop concrete business cases on reducing resources and waste, on setting up sustainable supply chains or on introducing sustainable products and services in the region. Present the results during the Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference and the Malaysian Dutch Business Council's Sustainability Awards Ceremony.
Orange Factory Jakarta
Orange Factory Singapore
The Orange Factory Program
Creating value in just 3 weeks
The program functions as a funnel; moving from societal issue to sustainable business solution.
Guided by professional sustainability consultants, specialists and designers, teams of participants will work on challenges to identify and prepare the ground work for innovative solutions.
Hereby learning how to use entrepreneurial skills and design thinking to solve societal issues, while delivering direct business value to the clients
Impact of our first Orange Factory edition
Bangkok, January 2016
From 6 different countries
Thai and Dutch SMEs
Contacted by participants
> 20 Visiting Organizations
Unique website visitors
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The Orange Nest
So much more than just a workplace
Orange Nest is a business incubator for Dutch social entrepreneurs focusing on innovation and sustainability, who want to start-up their business in Southeast Asia. It not only offers workstations and office facilities at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, but also provides excellent opportunities to connect to the expert knowledge, vast networks and business support services of all Dutch diplomatic missions throughout the region.
Are you an entrepreneur, designer or innovator? Do you have a commercial approach to solve social and environmental issues? Would your product or service see potential in the ASEAN markets?
Contact us to learn what Nest can mean for your company!
Starting up your business in Bangkok's business district
Working together on sustainable solutions
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs