Our Programs

Forward·Inc is a Netherlands-based, internationally operating organisation devoted to helping newcomers pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. We do this by empowering them to launch, grow, fund, and sustain their own businesses. We believe in the incredible talent of people with refugee backgrounds, their value to society, and their potential to build bridges across communities.

Forward’s programs assist aspiring entrepreneurs with everything from concept development and becoming pitch-ready to implementing marketing strategies and scaling their businesses. Forward·Inc has trained over 1000 newcomers, and 132 businesses have been launched.

Programs 2024

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DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

Spring Cohort: February 2024 – April 2024 (Application deadline: 2nd February, 2024)
Fall cohort: August 2024 -October 2024

OUR PLATFORM HELPS NEWCOMERS DEVELOP THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS, DIGITAL SKILLS & LOCAL CULTURE.

The Digital Entrepreneurship Program (DEP) is an 8-week online course that includes 60-hours of prerecorded video training, practical assignments and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. In addition, weekly progress meetings with their peers and Forward·Inc‘s mentors will keep participants engaged while making the content applicable to their individual business idea.

No idea is too small or too big, but getting started can be overwhelming… Are you a beginner with a great idea, and need help setting your plan in motion – join the DEP.

If you have questions about the Digital Entrepreneurship Program, please have a look at this FAQ information.

FORWARD INCUBATOR

Spring Cohort: January 2025 – June 2025

WE PREPARE ASPIRING NEWCOMERS FOR THE LAUNCH OF THEIR BUSINESS BY FOCUSING ON DEVELOPING A STRONG FOUNDATION & BUSINESS PLAN.

The Forward Incubator (FI) program consists of 30 participants with the strongest entrepreneurial potential selected from the Digital Entrepreneurship Program (DEP). Each candidate is supported by a business coach (an experienced entrepreneur), 2 university student consultants, a team coach, and a potential co-founder. Participants have access to expertise from our (corporate) partners while attending regular workshops. The program concludes with the newcomers presenting their idea in front of the Forward·Inc community at our “DEMO DAY” – where a select few are awarded prizes in acknowledgment of their achievements.

Forward Incubator Draft Agreement.

GROWTH PROGRAM

Spring Cohort: April 2024 -June 2024
Fall Cohort: October 2024 -December 2024

OUR FOCUS IS ON BUILDING MARKETING STRATEGIES, BOOSTING SALES AND INVESTOR READINESS.

The Growth Program (GP) enables newcomer entrepreneurs to launch sustainable businesses by giving them access to Forward·Inc’s network and resources in order to run financially independent ventures with high professional standards.  The GP is composed of either Forward Incubator (FI) program graduates or external applicants seeking to establish themselves. We take them from a promising early-stage venture to a growing and strong start-up.

If you’re a newcomer that’s ready for what this program has to offer, please don’t hesitate to apply!

INVESTOR READINESS


The Investor Readiness (IR) Programis focused on businesses that have initial customers and a strong problem-solution fit. They are looking for a first investment opportunity ranging from 30.000 EUR – 200.000 EUR. During 2.5 months, participants work on their investor pitch, financial model, and Go-To-Market strategy. The program ends with an investor pitch event where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to investors within Forward·Inc’s network.

BUSINESS & START-UP BOOSTER

رنامج تعزيز الأعمال والشركات الناشئة
Business and Start Up Booster(BSB) المجّاني ١٠٠٪ عبارة عن:

  • دورة تدريبيّة عبر الإنترنت مدّتها أسبوعين.
  • تتضمّن ٣ ساعات من التدريب عبر الفيديو المسجّل مسبقًا والمهام العمليّة.
  • الإضافة إلى ذلك، اجتماعات أسبوعية مع الزملاء وموجّهي Forward·Inc.

The Dream Team

Laura Di Santolo
Co-Founder |
Managing Director

Diederick van der Wijk
Co-Founder | Head of Business
Development

Mieke

Mieke Masselink
Community &
Recruitment Manager

Fathya Utami
Program Manager
Digital Entrepreneurship Program (DEP)

Caiti Andrews

Caiti Andrews
Marketing and
Communications Associate

Nick

Nick Pfeyffer
Program Manager
GP

Maria Pereira
Operations and
Programs Associate

Michal Dudzinski
Business Development
Associate

Ruxandra2x

Ruxandra Ghica
Programs Associate,
Forward Incubator (FI)

Berina0

Berina Glusac
Program Development
Associate

Michelle0

Michelle Chemaly
Digital Entrepreneurship Program (DEP)
Associate MENA-T

Malak0

Malak Raslan
Business Development
Intern

Niamh0

Niamh O'Driscoll
Digital Entrepreneurship Program
(DEP) Associate

Marta@2x

Marta Pereira
Program Manager
FI

Farha@2x

Farha Abdula
Interim Participant
Acquisition Manager

Joris@2x

Joris Amin
Impact
Manager

Amr

Amr Alganad
Team Facilitator &
Program Development Intern

Stan0

Stan Russell
Fundraising &
Partnerships Manager

Serap0

Serap Ipek
Business Development
Manager

Haya0

Haya Shamaa
Business Development
Intern

Auke0

Auke Wester
Business Development
Intern

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