Our Incubator Program

From business idea to investor ready in 4 months! 

Our Program Structure

We offer a 4 month incubator program for entrepreneurs with a refugee background, taking you from early stage business idea to the start of your company

March 2020
Month #1
You'll have intensive workshops that cover lean startup, finance, marketing, business plan writing, legal and taxes
March 2020
April & May 2020
Months #2 & #3
Business workshops and validation of the business model
April & May 2020
June 2020
Month #4
You'll be writing your Business Plan and define an investment proposition
June 2020
July to December 2020
Months #5 to #10
The Aftercare Program lasts for 6 months, in which we structurally support selected participants. Afterwards, you still remain part of the Forward Incubator network and you keep having access to our business services.
July to December 2020

"After this program someone feels like they have been in the Netherlands for 10 years; because whatever questions you may have, you know who you can ask."

Spring 2019

"I have been able to set up my pop up store, get first customers, and introduced to potential partners because of the help of the program."

Spring 2019

"The program increased my self esteem for a new beginning in Netherlands. I am introduced to many new people through the program."

Spring 2019

"The program gave me great chance to meet with great people and to enhance my network, as well as understanding the rules and regulations in Netherlands."

Spring 2019

Our Recipe for Success

1. To ensure the success of our entrepreneurs, each entrepreneur works with 1 business coach, 2 student consultants and 1 member of FI team

2. Further as a participant you attend trainings organised with companies such as DLA Piper, McKinsey, Mazars, Sthree, Uber, and many more

3. Finally, you get professional training and coaching by leading professionals and successful entrepreneurs

4. From day one, you are a member of the vibrant startup community at Startup Village in Amsterdam and Cambridge Innovation Centre in Rotterdam


Like what you see?

The next incubator program will run from 10th March 2020 to 25th June 2020 in Amsterdam and 17th March 2020 to 2nd July 2020 in Rotterdam!  The deadline for application is 20th February 2020.

1. You have an asylum/refugee status in the Netherlands
2. You are comfortable with English
3. You have a business idea or an eager interest in entrepreneurship

*Good to know: Our program is free! There is no participation fee*