About Us

We are Forward Incubator

If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together

The Forward Incubator Team

Diederick van der Wijk

Co Founder and Managing Director

Laura Di Santolo

Co Founder and Program Director

Caspar Wanders

Rotterdam Program Manager

Antonio Alvarez

Amsterdam Program Manager

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Tim Leijten

Business Development Manager


Dominik Kuhn

Program Developer


Jonathan Soto Moreno

Program Developer


Nikolaos Korovilas

Program Developer

Our Foundation Board

Erik Boer

Erik is the treasurer of our foundation. He is also the Managing Director of ACE which was named the best tech incubator of the Netherlands in 2018.

Megha Mittal

Megha is the chairwoman of our foundation. She is also the founder of B2YRoots.com and has extensive experience at Booking.com and McKinsey & Company.

Ilaha Muhseni

Ilaha is the secretary of our foundation. She is also an employment lawyer at Höcker Advocaten and has previous experience as an employment law teacher at VU University.

Our Advisory Board

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Ally Van der Boon

Startup Innovation Program Lead at Akzonobel and Founder of Justpeaches and Co-founder of Fuel-up.

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Floris van Alkemade

Floris co-founded 4 venture capital funds. He manages Solid Ventures and is a venture partner at HenQ.

Don Ritzen

Don Ritzen

Don is the co-founder of Rockstart, and had a significant impact on the Amsterdam start up scene.

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Andre Bolland

Andre is Founding Partner at The Discovery Company and Partner at Team Academy, one of the past locations of Forward.

Our Impact

In its first year of existence the focus of Forward Incubator has been to develop an effective, tailored, and personal approach to entrepreneurship programs for newcomers. We aim first and foremost to nurture the talents, ambitions and skills of newcomers to become economically independent. However as entrepreneurship is not the only way to economic empowerment, our economic impact is reflected in the opportunities that participants can seize through the program, related to either their own business or empowerment through paid employment and further education.

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