DIRK JAN VAN DEN BERG
PRESIDENT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Orange Grove aims to address problems such as brain drain and youth unemployment, at the same time stimulating entrepreneurship in Greece. TU Delft and other Dutch universities, together with Dutch business, will join forces in this initiative set up by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens. TU Delft’s contribution will draw in its experience with YES!Delft and the Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship. Jointly we will make this a success.
My company and I are honored to be associated with Orange Grove, the initiative of the Dutch Embassy in Greece for young entrepreneurs. Orange Grove is a first-class concept engaged in many endeavors that may provide sustainable returns to all those that are associated with it.
In my opinion it is the intensive commitment of the project initiators and working team involved who stand as a guaranty for the projects’ success. To illustrate this, I will recall an incident when on a Friday afternoon in Athens, the Dutch Ambassador, Mr. Jan Versteeg, had asked us, the working team of the project, to brainstorm about possible sponsors for Orange Grove. We thought about some Dutch institutions and companies. The week after Mr. Versteeg gathered us at the embassy and informed us that he had visited them all in person and had their commitment for contribution!
Among the advantages that the involved participants may count on are: Speed-up time-to-market, Connection to fund providers, Free/low-price high-end consulting, Seminars and speeches from very experienced professionals.
Good luck, Orange Grove!
RESIDENT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE UVA AND HVA
Our students at the University of Amsterdam come from many different countries. After a short stay in Amsterdam many go back to their home countries, but they take with them their international network. Increasingly young graduates become young entrepreneurs – then this international network becomes very important. Orange Grove will provide a physical space for those creative young entrepreneurs to get together and inspire each other. Orange Grove is bound to bear fruit!
CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR PHILIPS HELLAS
At Philips we strongly believe in the enthusiasm and ability of young people to accelerate innovation and generate positive business momentum. Orange Grove provides a very promising platform for young entrepreneurs in Greece to bring their ideas to life and we are thus proud to support and be part of this initiative.