We’ve had the honour of working with incredibly ambitious and talented newcomers since our inception in 2017. The startups below are just a few examples of the businesses we’ve helped launch through our programs. They’re active in various industries (food and beverage, tech, agriculture, consumer goods, media, education, construction, and art) – reflecting the range of skills and interests of our participants. Forward·Inc has trained over 1000 newcomers, and 132 businesses have been launched.
Making and delivering jewellery with natural and sustainable materials is a passion for Hare Design. All of our bohemian jewellery is handmade, and fair trade from small family businesses and/or suppliers.
Heba Suliman & Ibrahem Majzoub
Heba Home sells an assortment of vibrant ceramics that bring a touch of Syria into your home. With Heba Home, you'll find a variety of colourful tableware items and home decor sourced or created by artisans. They source handcrafted products from small workshops.
A newcomer's start-up that sells premium underwear & towels for affordable prices. Syrian Cotton brings high-quality & affordable cotton towels and underwear made by the best Syrian manufacturers in the diaspora.
Yara Atelier creates high-quality, long-lasting clothing by prioritising eco-friendly materials and advocating for slow fashion. This extends to community empowerment through workshops and a new plant-based textile for the Dutch and European fashion market.
Wholesome on the go. Mortben specialises in ready-to-eat meals and meal packages that are dietitian-curated and prepared from natural and organic ingredients by rural women. No refined carbs. No preservatives. No hydrogenated oils.
Through its unique 360-degree solution, JOAAN helps restaurants with production, sales, marketing, and delivery. JOAAN allows restaurants to expand with little cost, thanks to its cloud kitchens, ordering platforms and JOAAN's delivery drivers.
From corporate catering and home and event catering to cooking workshops, Zina can provide delicious Syrian cooking for everyone! Cooking is Zina's art, and she brings delicious food from her heritage to the Netherlands.
Leaves By Roots
With its first location at Almere Station, Roots provides a healthy, sustainable alternative to travellers and commuters with delicious Mediterranean comfort food. They are dedicated to social impact by employing newcomers at their locations.
Ranya Omer & Abdelrahman Adam
Napata brings traditional Sudanese hospitality and Nubian cuisine to the heart of the Netherlands. Every dish is made with authenticity, time-honoured recipes and the freshest ingredients.
GreenAra | Bisan B.V.
GreenAra is transforming dining experiences with top-quality edible products and eco-friendly tableware. They've expanded into catering to further extend a commitment to green dining solutions.
Paul - Vincent Houayek
Chef Vincent Catering
Chef Vincent Catering offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine with a Lebanese twist. With an extensive array of options, from appetisers to desserts, they use only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.
Hummus & Habibis
Hummus & Habibis is a family business for delicious and homemade Syrian food delivery and catering throughout the Netherlands.
Bytes by Ola
Bites by Ola provides b2b catering service that introduces fresh delicious Syrian food for small to large-sized events in the region of Alkmaar. They also have a food truck based at the beach in Schoorl, North Holland.
Zeinab is a certified breakthrough specialist and freedom leader. She works with men and women who want a comprehensive, effective, and time-efficient approach to dealing with mental health issues related to work, relationships, or health. Zeinab also provides assistance in the prevention of stress-related mental illness in the workplace.
“Gharna” translates to “our laurel” in Arabic, while “Halabi” alludes to the origin of this soap, rooted in the city of Aleppo. Launched in 2018, Gharna Halabi was established to highlight the rich heritage and civilisation of Aleppo. Aleppo Soap is renowned not only for its natural ingredients but also for its unique shape.
Olivscent creates artistically handcrafted olive oil soaps/ They are made from a traditional process, and there are a variety of scents to fit any taste!
Amalia Academy believes that every woman has the strength and resilience to achieve her ambition. They work to motivate and guide women in making choices, creating a powerful self-image and developing a clear future perspective to integrate into Dutch society.
Jemlies is an online platform that helps Arabic women who want to reach their full potential by providing access to products, experts, and the community to achieve their goals and live a mindful and successful life.
Abdullah Alharbi & Qusay Mustafa
Abdullah and Qusay bring authentic handmade products from their Syrian homeland to the Netherlands. They combine the best raw oils, extracts, and butters that will treat, heal and promote healthier skin. They stand for transparency, sustainability, and clean skincare.
Cosmekitz curate products tailored to individual hair and skin needs using organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. They are committed to using high-quality, plant-based extracts, essential oils, and botanics to empower natural beauty while delivering visible, lasting results.
Sarah Al Banna, Solaima Taraby, Samera Tarabay
DARRENBI ICT SARL
Darrebni ICT SARL is a platform that connects trainees to top coaches and training institutes anywhere in the world. It promotes a wide variety of in-person and virtual opportunities to support personal and professional advancement.
Color Point's expertise spans multiple facets of design, ranging from website design and development, e-marketing campaigns, precise printing solutions, making business cards, brochures, posters, and catalogues to creating distinctive and meaningful logos that authentically convey their clients' brand values.
Christian Almurr, Imad Sawaya, Nour Sandid
Think Spotify but for local trips. With an AI-based trips library, Jedo offers users a free pocket guide where they can optionally book through the app. Jedo also offers selected tools and discounts to save local explorers time and money.
With Catalosite you can create your website content as effortlessly as you post on Instagram, with the same level of excitement and creativity! Your visitors will scroll without getting bored or distracted.
Nour Charaf Eddin
Opportunitree is a strategic branding and innovative design agency that provides transparent and honest marketing solutions to help increase your revenue and master growing your business.
MICAPiC specialises in short films, documentaries, events, commercial videos, and professional photography.
My First Draft
My First Draft is an online platform with Artificial Intelligence Tools to assist researchers in writing health research. It is designed to make the process of writing research papers easy, efficiency, and accurate. It supports with drafting text for scientific papers and literature review.
WeGoCine is a film and media production company that specialises in videography and photography. Whether it concerns making commercial films, corporate films, animations or event registrations, they have the reliability, expertise and creative flair to realise your vision.
Wafy is a platform that provides understandable and trustworthy guidance for newcomers in the Netherlands.
Burhan Kocabiyik, Gurkan Ordueri, Esad Kılıç
ARspar has developed Augmented Reality technology which reinvents every online shopping experience. This AR-technology enhanced with an easy payment method, excites a large deal of those shoppers who currently drop out in the stale and unimaginative buying process.