Our network of experts, investors, students, and coaches from various industries assist aspiring entrepreneurs with everything from concept development and becoming pitch-ready to implementing marketing strategies and scaling their businesses.
This is a great opportunity for current university students, MSc candidates, and recent graduates to directly impact a newcomer’s entrepreneurial journey. They’ll be instrumental in supporting the founders get their businesses off the ground and be privy to the tools and resources needed to run a successful venture.
As a student consultant you:
- Gain practical, real-life experience on how to start a business from scratch
- Make a positive impact and create meaningful connections
- Get access to Forward·Inc’s community of 500+ members, including experienced professionals from all over the Netherlands and abroad
- Receive a certificate of completion and recommendation letter based on your performance
Our student consultants are expected to dedicate 6-8 hours per week over the course of 3-4 months.
The Forward Incubator (FI) program runs twice a year during Winter & Spring.
Coaching our newcomers in the journey to realising their entrepreneurial goals can be a fulfilling experience for both parties. Sharing industry knowledge and exchanging cultural outlooks are both instrumental in building long lasting relationships within our community. A coach’s main objective is to support the entrepreneur on a strategic level by testing key assumptions, setting realistic goals, sharing their network, providing feedback, and managing overall expectations.
Our coaches are required to commit 2 pro-bono hours per week for 3-4 months and are encouraged to meet their designated entrepreneur face to face as often as possible.
The Forward Incubator (FI) program runs twice a year during Winter & Spring from our offices in Amsterdam & Rotterdam, NL.
Qualified experts from various industries, who are unable to commit to 2hrs p/w as coaches, can still make an impact on our newcomers’ journeys through workshops (1-offs or reoccurring). These intimate sessions are geared to help the entrepreneurs with their marketing strategy, boosting sales, networking, scalability, and investor pitch.
Participants in these programs are of diverse backgrounds and have startups in various sectors ranging from education and consumer goods to F&B and tech innovation.
Expert: 1 x 1hr session
Mentor: 3 x 1hr sessions
Trainer: 1 x 1hr workshop
Are you interested in giving these entrepreneurs a push toward excellence?
It’s always a wonder to sharpen a business idea and to be involved in the early phases of an innovative business proposition. I hope that my coaching offered her more insights into the tech possibilities and options for her business proposal as well as a gentle push forward to become more confident and take her idea to the next level. Personally, I learned that behind every idea there can be a cautious entrepreneur and they could use every inch of encouragement that a mentor can offer which can be the difference between make it now or later kind of attitude, a great learning and interactive experience
Being a Student Consultant is such an inspirational role! You get to experience how the foundations for a business are built in order to succeed and flourish, while you gain knowledge through workshops.
The FI program has been such an enriching experience for me. I’ve learned business skills while working with an encouraged entrepreneur as well as met so many amazing people along the way!
Working with Forward has been a great experience. I met a lot of interesting people, participated in some super exciting projects, and learned an incredible amount.
Some would say that an Entrepreneur’s most valuable asset is his/her mindset. If that’s the case, Forward·Inc is sitting on a goldmine, as each entrepreneur has already faced adversity and come out stronger.
Coaching the newcomer entrepreneurs is for me finding the right balance between business-, cultural- and entrepreneural-guidance. As a former entrepreneur starting a business not in my homecountry I know how important it is to have a “local” coach and Forward Inc give the newcomer entrepreneurs a 3 months program to launch the business idea with support of a experienced coaches.
Partners / Sponsors
Our collaborations with recognisable brands have proven to be instrumental in the development of our newcomers. Access to resources, insight, workshops, and guidance is a sure way for companies to directly impact our participants’ entrepreneurial journey. Forward · Inc wants each party to shine within their respective lanes, and therefore doesn’t adhere to a “one size fits all” approach within our partnerships.