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 university students, MSc candidates,, and recent graduates to be in the driver’s seat of the entrepreneurial journey.. They’ll be instrumental in supporting aspiring newcomers in their efforts to 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 p/w 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 program runs twice a year:
Nov – March & March – June … at our NL based locations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam


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 p/w for a 3-4 month period and are encouraged to meet their designated entrepreneur face to face as often as possible.

The Forward Incubator program runs twice a year:
Nov – March & March – June … at our NL based locations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam


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 in the areas of business plan writing, marketing, finance (tax and legal), pitching, investments, negotiation, personal skills, and cross-cultural communication have proven to be instrumental in the growth of our entrepreneurs.

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
Program Manager (GP)

Nikolaos Korovilas
Program Manager (DEP)

Leah Becker
Program Manager (FI)

Caspar Wanders
Business Development

Tom Kloosterman
Business Development

Rudii Ru
Branding & Marketing

Niranjana Menon
Program Developer

Sebastian Gomez
Program Developer

Joris Amin
Facilitator / Phd. Candidate

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