Orange Corners Baghdad And The Student Ambassadors
This cohort we switched things up with the new addition of the Students Ambassadors which have added a great value to the program.
Out of the many applicants, 6 students were picked from different universities to represent the program in their correspondent university. The ambassadors were given full access to attend all the training sessions and learn from the experiences of the startups in training.
Then the ambassadors were asked to prepare - alongside the team of the Orange Corners Program, an introductory event at their universities to talk about the incubation program and KAPITA’s work in the private sector, as well as showcase the journey of graduate startups from the program.
The six ambassadors are:
Shaymaa Arkan, Business Economics at Al - Nahrain University
Ahmed Sattar, Chemistry Department at Al -Nahrain University
Haneen Ammar, Computer Science at Al -Nahrain University
Hasan Mustafa, Biomedical Engineering at University of Technology
Duha Abdulameer, Mechanical Engineering at University of Technology
Mohammed Moa’yad, Computer Science at University of Baghdad
The first event took place at The Technology University in late March. Duha Abdulameer was the student's ambassadors representative in her university. 270+ students and professors joined the event from different departments. “We were able to discover the student’s talents through the Innovation Student Club and through that we began to open up to the labor market and the private sector,” said Dr. Amjad Talal - Head of the R&D department at the University of Technology.
Graduate startups, like Teami and Al-Khana also attended the event to give their thoughts and share their experience with the Orange Corners Baghdad Program.
The second event took place at Al Nahrain University in April. Shaymaa Arkan, was the student's ambassadors representative in her university. This time we received an even larger number of audience of students and professors and more startups were able to share their experiences. Like Shorja APP and Orderii.
The general look on the private sector is changing in the world and especially in Iraq. The increased demand in the market has made it crucial to advocate for incubation and acceleration programs to push the youth into the private sector more.
Orange Corners Baghdad is able to continue its programs by the support of our partners, The Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy and Asiacell as well as KAPITA.
About Orange Corners Baghdad:
Orange Corner’s Baghdad is an initiative of the Dutch Embassy in Baghdad. The economic priorities of the Netherlands in Iraq are agriculture, water, and entrepreneurship. KAPITA supports the community of young entrepreneurs in Baghdad by building youth capacity and developing successful businesses. We incubate 20 startups for six months: starting with providing a co-working space, training and developing their business, events and masterclasses, a positive environment and an opportunity for investment.