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Entrepreneurship Programmes for Newcomers

Our Mission


We strive for the economic empowerment of newcomers by making them launch,
fund and grow their own businesses

Refugees Forward is a non-profit organization that strives for the economic empowerment of newcomers
and their integration into local communities. We strongly believe in an individualized approach to support
newcomers in achieving economic self-reliance. In our entrepreneurship programmes we offer high-quality
training courses and connect you with experienced professionals and a supportive community of students,
succesful entrepreneurs and potential investors. We actively involve the student community to inspire deep
interconnection between newcomers and Dutch society.



We empower newcomers by helping them launch, fund and grow entrepreneurial projects

Our Mission


We believe newcomers with a refugee background are a highly talented and ambitious group of individuals that offers tremendous entrepreneurial potential to Dutch society. Many newcomers struggle to connect with the Dutch social and professional environment. We will bridge this gap so newcomers become a central part of Dutch communities, by helping them launch, fund and grow their own (social) entrepreneurial projects.


Refugees Forward is a non-profit organization that offers newcomers the opportunity to obtain funding, training and expertise for their entrepreneurial projects in the Netherlands, through a supportive community of students, NGO’s and businesses. Newcomers are coached in the development, launch, funding and growth of their ideas. We actively involve the student community to inspire deep interconnection between newcomers and Dutch society. We facilitate the entrepreneurial and personal connection between newcomers and students through entrepreneurship modules, as well as through our buddy system that brings students and newcomers together in setting up inspiring businesses.








Opportunities


Mentors

“These individuals have clear business ideas which are very exciting.”

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Newcomers

“I have learned so much in such a great way.”

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Students

“Amazing to see what you can achieve by investing time in each other and in each other’s culture.”

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The fun factor combined with joint effort is an important motivator   1. Could you tell us a bit about your professional background and what you are working on at Refugees Forward? I have spent the last 12 years working in marketing and consumer products (mainly food) in the Netherlands, partially also in the international