About Us

Forward·Inc is an Amsterdam-based, internationally operating organisation devoted to helping newcomers pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. We do this by empowering them to launch, grow, fund, and sustain their own businesses. We believe in the incredible talent of people with a refugee background, their value to society, and their potential to build bridges across communities.

Forward’s programs assist aspiring entrepreneurs with everything from concept development and becoming pitch-ready to implementing marketing strategies and scaling their businesses.

Programs

Winter

Winter

Spring

Spring

GP + FA + FI
Summer

Summer

Fall

Fall

FI + GP

DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

OUR PLATFORM HELPS NEWCOMERS DEVELOP THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS, DIGITAL SKILLS & LOCAL CULTURE.

The Digital Entrepreneurship Program (DEP) is a 10-week online course that includes 60-hours of prerecorded video training, practical assignments and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. In addition, weekly progress meetings with their peers and Forward·Inc‘s mentors will keep participants engaged while making the content applicable to their individual business idea.

No idea is too small or too big, but getting started can be overwhelming… Are you a beginner with a great idea, and need help setting your plan in motion – join the DEP.

FORWARD INCUBATOR

WE PREPARE ASPIRING NEWCOMERS FOR THE LAUNCH OF THEIR BUSINESS BY FOCUSING ON DEVELOPING A STRONG FOUNDATION & BUSINESS PLAN.

The Forward Incubator (FI) program consists of 30 participants with the strongest entrepreneurial potential selected from the Digital Entrepreneurship Program (DEP). Each candidate is supported by an experienced local entrepreneur (as coach), 2 university student consultants, and a facilitator from the Forward·Inc team. Participants have access to expertise from our (corporate) partners while attending regular workshops. The program concludes with the newcomers presenting their idea in front of the Forward·Inc community at our “DEMO DAY” – where a select few are awarded prizes in acknowledgement of their achievements.

GROWTH PROGRAM

OUR FOCUS IS ON BUILDING MARKETING STRATEGIES, BOOSTING SALES AND INVESTOR READINESS.

The Growth Program (GP) enables newcomer entrepreneurs to launch sustainable businesses by giving them access to Forward·Inc’s network and resources in order to run financially independent ventures with high professional standards.  The GP is composed of either Forward Incubator (FI) program graduates or external applicants seeking to establish themselves. We take them from a promising early-stage venture to a growing and strong start-up.

If you’re a newcomer that’s ready for what this program has to offer, please don’t hesitate to apply!

FORWARD ACCELERATOR

WE CREATE A SPACE FOR NEWCOMERS TO STEER THEIR SCALABLE STARTUPS TOWARDS SUSTAINED PROFITABILITY.

Participants in the Forward Accelerator (FA) program are provided access to Forward·Inc’s network of mentors and (angel) investors from various industries. Candidates can either be Growth Program (GP) graduates or external applicants. The FA’s premiere focus is business development, branding, sales, marketing and helping build the team that enables the founders to navigate challenges and achieve success through expansion.

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