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 Food Challenge
Bangkok, 20 June – 8 July 2016
Climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanization and shifting diets are major challenges in Southeast Asia. Innovative solutions are needed to produce safe and healthy food for everyone in a sustainable way. 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 at the Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok 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 improving food quality and processing, on preventing unhealthy food consumption or on introducing sustainable food products on the market.
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 Counsel Sustainability Awards Ceremony.
Orange Factory Jakarta
Jakarta, January 2017
Orange Factory Singapore
Singapore, June 2017
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
DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM can uniquely contribute to the circular economy by offering products and building blocks that can be safely re-used, or are created from, for example, agricultural residues.
FrieslandCampina produces and sells consumer products such as dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese and desserts around the world. FrieslandCampina’s integrated CSR strategy is based on four priority areas: Nutrition & health, Efficient and sustainable production chains, Dairy development in Asia and Africa and Sustainable dairy farming.
Rabobank is a bank by and for customers, a cooperative bank, a socially-responsible bank. Rabobank is committed to making a substantial contribution towards achieving wealth and prosperity in the Netherlands and to resolving the food issue worldwide. They focus on strengthening their customers and their communities in order to achieve these objectives.
TRG develops and mainstreams sustainability within organizations, supports sustainable innovations in their commercialization process and facilitates solutions for complex societal issues. Our work and networks on the interface of the Netherlands and abroad, include a special focus on Europe-Asia sustainable trade.
Scrap Lab, is a design & research center run by academic staff and students of the Faculty of Architecture at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. It aims to develop an innovative ecological based approach towards re-processing and re-circulating industrial solid waste, construction debris and community wastes.
Kasetsart University was the first agricultural university and the third oldest university in Thailand. The faculty of architecture is already active in interdisciplinary efforts focused on upcycling and sustainable design.
The UvA is a broad, research-intensive institution rooted in the history of Amsterdam, with an internationally oriented academic community. The IIS is the UvA's knowledge centre for interdisciplinairy learning and education. It develops new education in cooperation with different faculties.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is representing the Netherlands globally through it's 150 embassies, consulates-general and permanent representations to international organisations. With strong historical and contemporary links, the Missions strive to boost sustainable trade relationships between the Netherlands and ASEAN.