• Orange ASEAN


    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.






  • Two initiatives, one goal

    Sustainable Business through Innovation

    Orange Factory


    A group of young professionals and students from ASEAN and the Netherlands developing innovative solutions for sustainability challenges of companies. >>

    Orange Nest


    A workplace in Bangkok for entrepreneurs focusing on innovation and sustainability, who want to explore business opportunities in Southeast Asia. >>

  • Upcoming Factory Editions

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    Orange ASEAN Circular Economy

    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.


    Apply before 8th of August 2016.


    Orange Factory Jakarta

    Jakarta, January 2017

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    Orange Factory Singapore

    Singapore, June 2017

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  • 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


  • How to Apply

    For Whom:

    Young professionals and students from the Netherlands and ASEAN. We aim to have an international group

    (20 ASEAN, 10 Dutch) incl. people experienced in design, environmental sciences, business (studies), social sciences and more.



    We use rolling admissions, so the earlier the better!


    First Round:

    Selection is based on your motivation letter, CV and a list of your university grades


    Second Round:

    30 min. interviews (online or in person)



    No fee nor allowance, only your own lodging & travel costs

    Limited funds are available for traveling expenses. Please make us aware in your application whether you want to apply for this small financial contribution.


    Interested? Send a motivation letter, CV and a list of your university grades here

    or directly to: jesse.arnon@therockgroup.biz

  • Impact of our first Orange Factory edition

    Bangkok, January 2016

    26 Participants

    From 6 different countries

    7 Clients

    Thai and Dutch SMEs

    300 Organizations

    Contacted by participants

    > 20 Visiting Organizations

    > 1500 

    Unique website visitors

    > 250

    Facebook followers

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  • Orange Nest

    Starting up your business in Bangkok's business district

  • The Orange ASEAN Team

    When you have questions or want to apply, just contact us!

    Send us your application (incl. resume, application letter and formal list of grades) by email

    Dutch ambassador to Singapour and Brunei

    Jaap Werner

    First Secretary Dutch embassy in Bangkok

    Bernhard Kelkes

    Trainee at Dutch embassy in Bangkok

    Bram Over

    Trainee communication at TRG

    Kirsten Tjong-A-Hung

    Consultant at TRG

    Jesse Arnon

    Partner at TRG

    Bertus Tulleners

  • Contact us

    When you have questions or want to apply, just contact us!

    Send us your application (incl. resume, application letter and formal list of grades) by email

  • Our Partners

    Working together on sustainable solutions

    Strategic Partner

    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.


    Organising Partner

    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.

    Design Partner

    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.