Forward in action
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.
Here is an intro about some of the inspiring journeys Forward·Inc alumni have taken.
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MOHAMMED AL FAKEE
Creating more reliable, efficient and eco-friendly irrigation solutions for East African and Middle Eastern agriculture companies.
Irrigation farming protects a crops from extreme weather conditions and helps increase food production by providing a consistent water source. Through partnerships with the leading Solar pump producers in Europe, Green Wheel will take customers through every step of the solar pump procurement process, providing customers with the necessary information and expertise to ensure a smooth transition from and reliance on diesel pumps to a more sustainable solar irrigation solution.
RAHAF AL LYMONI
A tasty beverage made from up-cycling date seeds that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Daffee is a coffee-like (100% caffeine-free) organic energy booster full of antioxidants and protein – serving as a natural tonic for the body. Made from roasted and ground date seeds, this product has proven to be a great alternative for coffee / tea. In addition to the beverage the founders have recently launched a multi-flavoured nutritious mini bar called “Mira Bites”.
3D models and integrated payment systems for e-commerce retailers.
Founded on the belief that everyone has the right to the best shopping experience, ARspar continues to take smart risks while challenging the status quo. Through “augmented reality” solutions, retailers are able to showcase their products in a straightforward and user friendly way.
Fast and reliable renovation services in Amsterdam.
AskPro Renovatie en Onderhoud’s mission is to employ at least 30 craftsmen newcomers and provide quality renovation services to the greater Amsterdam area within the next five years. Doing so, they’ll help newcomers adapt and integrate into Dutch society while contributing to the local economy.
OLA SHAMS & ALAA AJLANI
Bites by Ola
Because of the war, the Syrians carried their kitchen with them in the countries of displacement.
Some flavours became very far away, and some ingredients became difficult to obtain after they were readily available. The Syrians changed the form of their relationship with their kitchen after the war, the Syrian cuisine has become a kind of nostalgia. Its smell and taste are related to our pre-war life and remind us of our innocent childhood. The Syrians took their kitchen taste, and the idea of serving Syrian food was not just food to be eaten. Rather, it has become the story of people who wants to prove that we still have memories, past and history. Even if our expression of all feelings of longing and nostalgia is a meal, the most important of its ingredients are love and care.
Enjoy our meals!
We sat down with Ailman to hear about his entrepreneurial journey and his TWO businesses, FOCUS Magazine and Keys to MENA.
We sat down with Pauline to hear about her coaching journey with us at Forward•Inc
We sat down with Mo to hear about his entrepreneurial journey and his business, Olivscent Cosmetics!
5 Questions To Joris Amin, PHD Candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focusing on Newcomer Entrepreneurship
We asked 5 questions to Joris about his role in contributing to Forward·Inc’s impact measurement with the insights from my research on Newcomer Entrepreneurship!
Check out this article in Het Financieele Dagblad featuring Forward·Inc alum Khaled Shaaban
Tasnim Jemli from Alphen scores with a pitch: she is developing an online platform for Arab women
During Ramadan, Forward·Inc had the opportunity to join Coca-Cola's Iftar Dinner. Watch the aftermovie here: https://youtu.be/brgE31iD784
Forward•Inc alumni entrepreneur Anas Khadem Aljamie is featured in Het Noord Hollands Dagblad