Accelerator

Reach new heights with your business

Are you ready to accelerate your business with our support?

Accelerator Program

Forward’s Accelerator Program is the right place to grow a successful business fast. We support refugee-owned businesses with marketing, investor introductions and events, and business development. Do you have a startup with a first working product and/or your first customers? Then Forward’s Accelerator is the right place to grow.

For Whom

  1. At least one of the founding team members is a forcibly displaced (refugee)
  2. Startups across sectors
  3. Your startup has a full-time team or you are a founder ready to build a team
  4. You are dedicated, persistent and eager to learn & grow
  5. You have a working product and/or paying customers

Our Vision

The Forward Accelerator Program offers access to the Forward network of mentors and investors. Our team supports you to turn a promising idea into a strong, growth-oriented company. We build tomorrow’s  leading firms by focusing on team, business development, sales, marketing and startup capital. Our vision is to help you as a founder achieve your dreams and ambitions.

Our Services

  • 1-on-1 coaching by experienced mentors from your sector
  • Access to our network of coaches and functional experts, including investors
  • Legal support
  • Support in business development by student consultants
  • Demo Days and other networking events
  • Progress meetings with the Forward team and your peers in the program
  • Support in building a team, including team coaching communication, and negotiation.

Sign up for our accelerator program

Our next Accelerator Program starts on the 1st of May and ends 31st of August (July break).

Apply before the 20th of April to be considered for the Program. Limited spots available. 

Our next program will take place starting:

  • May 2021
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Spermly - Participants 2021

“After successfully raising our first cash injection of USD15,000 in our startup, we had been referred to Forward Incubator to help reshape our offering to meet the high expectations of professional investors in the EU and beyond.

The program at Forward incubator was immersive and fast-paced, and the team is professional – yet with an approachable attitude – to help participants achieve their full potential. We were able to totally transform our pitch deck to a game-changer one over a course of just 2 weeks in the program. Forward enabled us to go beyond pitching our startup, but to inspire the audience to adopt it instead.

Following the adrenaline rush of the investor competition we had some early enthusiastic investors who were eager to reach us and find out more about our offering. Forward’s helpful introductions to their professional investor network made all the difference.

We highly encourage early stage startups looking to relocate to the EU to consider Forward Incubator as one of the key entry points to the thriving business innovation in the Netherlands & Western Europe.”


– Abdulrahman Baki & Zaher Ballar

Daffee - Participant 2019

“When we got accepted to Forward Incubator, we were really surprised from the first workshop; the team is very professional and the content is very valuable for new entrepreneurs. The organization is very supportive and makes it easy for newcomers to participate in learning, networking and business development opportunities. We are grateful to Forward Incubator for all their support to launch our business in the Netherlands.”

Tamim and Rahaf have now successfully launched their coffee alternative based on date seeds: Daffee. After raising a first investment through the Forward Incubator network, they have sold more than 5000 Daffee bags in the first half year. They are featured regularly in national newspapers and magazines to boost Daffee’s brand awareness and sales.

Greenwheel Tech - Participant 2019

Mohammed al Fakee is an experienced engineer from Sudan who arrived in the Netherlands several years ago.

He joined Forward Incubator to achieve his dream of fighting hunger and poverty in Africa through solar-powered irrigation systems for farmers.

Mohammed co-founded his business Greenwheel Technology with successful Dutch entrepreneur Ernst Peter Hovinga. Now they have obtained a first angel investment of 50K EUR and a 60K Dutch government subsidy to build a sustainable farm in his home country Sudan to educate farmers about their solution.

Terms & Conditions

By joining our accelerator program you become part of the Forward Incubator network and community. We will be there to support you during your entire startup journey. We therefore also need to participate in the success of your business. Please download below the Accelerator Program agreement for your review, which you need to agree to in order to enroll in the program. 

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