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    Circular Economy Manila

    Orange ASEAN Factory #7

    Circular Economy

    14-31 October 2019

    With more and more people settling down in cities, urban sustainability requires us to take a closer look at the relationship of cities with their surroundings. In cities of the future we need to rethink the way we look at waste and begin to see it as a resource and building blocks for future products and beyond. With circular economy principles we can explore ways to make trash into treasure.


    Work together in dedicated teams to develop concrete business cases and strategies on reducing resource consumption and waste, finding creative material sources and flows, on setting up sustainable supply chains or on introducing sustainable products and services in the region. Present the results in front of your clients and other stakeholders.


    Apply Here or send an email to orangeaseanfactory@gmail.com with your CV and letter of motivation.

    Send in your application by Thursday the 25th July (00:00 CET)


  • Two initiatives, One goal

    Sustainable business through innovation

    Orange ASEAN 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. >>

  • The Program

    Creating value in just 3 weeks

    Orange ASEAN, Orange asian, program, summer school, young professional, student

    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


  • Previous Editions

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    Seventh Edition: Manila October 2019

    Circular Economy

    The 7th edition of OAF we had 20 participants from 5 different countries divided into 5 teams.

    Our partners: East-West Seed, Indoor Air Quality, Good Hout, Blue Cap Hydro, and Shell Philippines.

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    Sixth Edition: Ho Chi Minh City April 2019 

    Sustainable Urban Development

    21 participants from Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and The Netherlands

    Our partners: CleanDye, Unilever, Philips, DSM, De Heus and AkzoNobel.


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    Fifth Edition: Jakarta October 9 - October 27 2017

    Sustainable Urban Development

    24 participants from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and the Netherlands divided in 6 teams.

    Our partners: AkzoNobel, Royal HaskoningDHV, Unilever, Frisian Flag, Amcor, DSM.


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    Fourth Edition: Singapore 6 May - 26 May 2017

    Sustainable Urban Development

    24 participants from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines and the Netherlands divided in 6 teams.

    Our partners: AkzoNobel, Ckade, DSM, DSM-Niaga, Heineken and Unilever

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    Third Edition: Kuala Lumpur 19 September - 7 October 2016

    Circular Economy

    24 participants from 6 countries divided in 7 teams.

    Our partners: 2Sherpa, PIB Palm Oil Waste, Funky Junky, Heineken, Shell and Unilever.

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    First and second Edition: Bangkok January 2016 & June 2016

    Sustainable Food Challenge

    First two editions in Bangkok. In total: 54 participants from 6 countries.

    Our partners: AgriProfocus, Caldic, Deesawat, DSM, FrieslandCampina, Goodhout, Metroply, Upcycle Carbon Footprint Label, Natural Plastics, Superuse Studios, RVO and Wetlands.


  • Impact of Orange ASEAN Factory

    Editions: Bangkok I, Bangkok II, Kuala Lumpur 2016, Singapore 2017 and Jakarta 2017

    >100 Participants

    From 11 different countries

    25 Clients

    MNCs, SMEs, NGOs and governmental organisations from The Netherlands and the ASEAN region

    > 900 Organizations

    Contacted by participants

    > 60 Visiting Organizations

    Visited Orange ASEAN Factory in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta

    > 13.000 Website Visitors

    Unique website visitors

    > 1750 Facebook Likes

    Facebook followers

  • How & When to Apply

    We use rolling admissions, so the earlier the better!



    Eligible participants must be Dutch or from a country in the ASEAN region. Please check requirements for more information.



    Apply by submitting your

    1) motivation letter, 2) CV and 3) list of university grades

    via email to


    by the 25th of July! (00:00 CET)


    First round

    We will select you based on your submitted documents for a final selection round via Skype interview.

    You will be notified by






    Second round

    Final selection based on a Skype interview with a short case study.

    5th- 6th


    12th-14th of


    You will be notified of your acceptance the week of August 19th.

  • Requirements

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    For whom

    Young professionals, entrepreneurs and students from the Netherlands and ASEAN countries. We aim to have an international group (20 ASEAN, 10 Dutch) with people from all backgrounds. Participants have affinity with sustainability, business sense and a professional working attitude. Applicants with work experience have an advantage.

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    Admission Requirements


    • Young professional, student or entrepreneur.
    • Nationality from the Netherlands or an ASEAN country (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Viet Nam). 
    • Age between 20 and 35 years.
    • All educational backgrounds are welcome. 
    • Business sense and affinity with sustainability and consultancy.
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    Costs and Financial aid

    There is no program fee, you only have to cover your own lodging & travel costs.


    For ASEAN participants in all editions (excluding participants from the hosting country), limited funds are available for lodging and flight expenses. Please mention in your motivation if you would like to apply for financial aid. (This does not influence your chance of acceptance). Participants receive more information on the financial aid application process after acceptance.


    Only during Singapore editions, Dutch participants may apply for financial aid to cover lodging expenses.

  • Orange Nest

    Starting up your business in Bangkok's business district

  • 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

  • The Orange ASEAN Team

    Jaap Werner, Orange ASEAN, Dutch ambassador, orange asian

    Carel Richter

    Berhard Kelkes, Dutch embassy, Bangkok, orange asian

    Marc van der Linden

  • Our Partners

    Working together on sustainable solutions

    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian

    Akzo Nobel

    Strategic Partner

    DSM, Orange Asean, Orange asian


    Strategic Partner

    Friesland Campina, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    Unilever, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    Heineken, Orange Asean, Orange asian



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    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    Shell, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian

    Asia Pacific Breweries


    Rabobank, Orange Asean, Orange asian





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    Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs


    RVO, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian

    Agri ProFocus


    Funky Junk, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    Orange Asean, Orange asian



    G Lab, Orange Asean, Orange asian

    Scrap Lab

    Design Partner

    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian

    Superuse Studios


    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian

    Natural Plastics


    2Sherpa, Orange Asean, Orange asian



    TheRockGroup, consultancy, Orange ASEAN, Orange Asian


    Organising Partner

    TheRockGroup, consultancy, Orange ASEAN, Orange Asian



    TheRockGroup, consultancy, Orange ASEAN, Orange Asian

    Royal HaskoningDHV


    TheRockGroup, consultancy, Orange ASEAN, Orange Asian

    Frisian Flag