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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.

Student Consultants

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?


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.

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The Dream Team

Laura Di Santolo
Co-Founder |
Managing Director

Diederick van der Wijk
Co-Founder | Head of Business

Tom Kloosterman
Business Development


Mieke Masselink
Community &
Recruitment Manager

Fathya Utami
Program Manager
Digital Entrepreunership Program (DEP)

Caiti Andrews

Caiti Andrews
Marketing and
Communications Associate


Nick Pfeyffer
Program Manager


Hannah Bruinsma
Business Development

Maria Pereira
Operations and
Programs Associate

Michal Dudzinski
Business Development


Erdi Saci
Recruitment &
Communication Support


Philip Biedermann


Kieran Strupler
Business Development


Ruxandra Ghica
Programs Associate,
Forward Incubator (FI)


Berina Glusac
Program Development


Michelle Chemaly
Team Facilitator &
Program Development Intern


Malak Raslan
Business Development


Marianna Biasiol
Community, Events
& Recruitment Intern


Niamh O'Driscoll
Team Facilitator &
Program Development Intern

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