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Congratulations Antonio on your
well-deserved promotion to
Program Director

 

October 13 2020

Antonio Alvarez Araya
Program Director

Hear from our new Program Director

My name is Antonio; I am originally from Costa Rica and I have been living in the Netherlands for a little over two years.

I first joined Forward Incubator in May 2019 as a volunteer to help entrepreneurs to prepare for their business pitches and wrap up their business plans. Since August 2019, I joined the Forward team as Program Manager which has been a great journey full of personal development, incredible people and rewarding work.
Now I am stepping into the role of Program Director where I will be leading the development and implementation of all Forward’s programs to support entrepreneurial education, startup development and business growth for newcomer entrepreneurs. I am extremely excited about this new challenge.

I would like to thank Diederick van der Wijk and Laura Di Santolo for the trust and faith they have in me to take on this position. And my amazing colleagues: Caspar WandersNikolaos KorovilasLeah BeckerVincent van Heese & Joris Amin who make me grow and let me have fun every day!
Please join me on empowering newcomers by turning their business ideas a reality and stay tuned for what is to come.

Are you a newcomer entrepreneur and ready to start your own business?
Go to forwardincubator.com/program

Do you want to help us support as many newcomers as possible in your country? Then please get in touch with us via info@forwardincubator.com

Today Forward Incubator launches its
Digital Entrepreneurship Program
globally

September 1 2020

Laura Di Santolo
Program Director & Co-founder at Forward Incubator

Learn wherever you are at your convenience.
Forward brings entrepreneurial education to you.

79.5 million people in the world are displaced, of which 26 million are categorized as refugees. Some of these people have found new homes in their host countries, whereas many of them are still on the move. They have fled due to war, political activism, sexual orientation, or climate change. They carry stories and dreams and the continued hope to realise them.

Forward Incubator has had the privilege to support more than 100 newcomers with a refugee background in the Netherlands over the past 3 years. This underlines our conviction that newcomers have the power to succeed in their new countries and that they possess the ability to build bridges. They build bridges across cultures and with their home countries. They bring new perspectives that together with our Forward community have sparked great innovations such as Elanza,  Greenwheel TechDaffee and Mpowerment. They show us that diversity works.

Learn about Entrepreneurship & Business wherever you are with Forward Incubator

“In the Netherlands, we supported 46 entrepreneurs in launching their business so far, who together raised 1.1 million in investments. The on-going COVID crisis pushed us to continuously innovate and adapt our activities to an online format. We are positive that through today’s launch of our Digital Entrepreneurship Program, we now have the opportunity to bring our services to all newcomers wherever they are.”

Our goal is to make entrepreneurship education accessible to all 79.5 million displaced people worldwide and enable them to achieve economic independence and a strong sense of belonging in a new society.

Are you a newcomer entrepreneur and ready to start your own business?
Go to forwardincubator.com/program

Do you want to help us support as many newcomers as possible in your country? Then please get in touch with us via info@forwardincubator.com

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