Get Involved

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.

Our student consultants are expected to dedicate 6-8 hours per week over the course of 3-4 months. Weekly meetings with the Forward·Inc team will allow them to discuss triumphs, challenges, and receive relevant training in startup principles and cross-cultural issues … all while “learning while doing”. In addition, they’ll be required to physically attend relevant workshops that will enable them to support their designated entrepreneur in an increased capacity.

The Forward Incubator (FI) program runs twice a year during Winter & Spring from our offices in Amsterdam & Rotterdam, NL.

Coaches

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.

EXPERTS

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 towards 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.

The Dream Team

Laura Di Santolo
Founder |
Managing Director

Diederick van der Wijk
Co-Founder |
Partnerships

Phoebe Denham
Head of Programs | PM Growth
& Accelerator (GP & FA)

Tom Kloosterman
Business
Development

Niranjana Menon
Program
Developer

Mieke Masselink
Community &
Recruitment Manager

Michelle Popov
Team Facilitator &
BD Associate

Rouaida Mahfouz
Team Facilitator &
Program Associate

Caiti Andrews
Marketing &
Communications Intern

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