Start your business in the Netherlands

Are you ready to make your business idea a reality with our support?

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.

October 2020
Month #1

Our program starts with a three-week Bootcamp that covers lean startup, finance, marketing, business plan writing, legal and taxes.

Afterwards we select the 15 most promising entrepreneurs, based on homework and participation during the Bootcamp, with which we will kick off the incubation phase.
October 2020
November & December 2020
Months #2 & #3
Business workshops and validation of business model through testing in the market with real customers.

Continuous experimentation allows for crucial pivots in the business idea.

November & December 2020
January 2021
Month #4
You will be writing your business plan, working on your financial plan and define an investment proposition if your business is suitable for investment.
January 2021
February to August 2021
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.
February to August 2021

Our Recipe for Success

01. To ensure your success you will work with a team of four

02. You will attend workshops organised by professional institutions

03. You will get professional coaching by successful entrepreneurs

04. From day one you are a member of a vibrant startup community

Forward Team

More than seven full time members of the Core Forward Incubator Team will assist you with your business on a weekly basis by providing you with strategic guidance and regular feedback. They have experience in setting up businesses in a wide range of sectors, from international trade to social enterprises.

Accredited Training

Trainers will give you workshops in the program. We have trainers that give workshops on lean startup, business plan writing, marketing, legal and tax, pitching, finance, investments, personal skills, cross cultural communication, and negotiation.

Business Coaches

Our program offers 1 on 1 coaching by one of the 30 selected experienced professionals. Coaches will provide you with strategic guidance, network, and personal feedback.

Student Consultants

Student consultants will work with you for 8-12 hours a week for three months. You will have weekly meetings with them, where you discuss progress and challenges. They will assist you on topics like marketing, finance, sales and much more.

Expert Support

Forward Incubator offers an expert support network that can help you with challenges on a variety of topics: law, finance, sales, and marketing. Example experts are: Sthree, DLA Piper, Mazars, Dentons, Heidrick & Struggles, Heineken, Philips and many more.


Forward Incubator facilitates the relationship between you and your municipality. This means that we keep in touch with your case manager and assist in filing a BBZ-social welfare application.

Our Past Participants

Forward Incubator has over 2 years of experience with helping entrepreneurs with a refugee background to set up their business in the Netherlands. We have successfully launched over 30 businesses thus far. Listen to what our previous participants have to say about our program:

Blaise - Participant 2019

“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.”

Murat - Participant 2019

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

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Our next incubator programs will take place starting:

  • October 2020 in Amsterdam
  • October 2020 in Rotterdam
Application round closed

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