For Newcomers

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Refugees Forward for newcomers


We support you to become a central part of Dutch communities, by helping you start a business,
become self-employed or get a clear chance of a job that fits you. You can join our incubator program in either Rotterdam or Amsterdam to:

  1. Develop your own business idea based on your expertise and experience.
  2. Learn important business skills and get training on how to start a business in the Netherlands.
  3. Work with the support of Dutch students to execute your idea.
  4. Get support from business professionals and entrepreneurs, and get coached by the best.
  5. Get connected to investors and banks to actually fund your business
  6. Get support on writing your business plan for the Gemeente

You can join our programmes if you:

  • Are highly motivated to start your business in the Netherlands
  • Have a clear business idea or want to develop idea based on past experience
  • Have a residence status in the Netherlands
  • Have good writing and speaking skills in English

Refugees Forward for newcomers


We support you to become a central part of Dutch communities, by helping you start a business, become self-employed or get a clear chance of a job that fits you. You can join our programmes to:

  1. Develop your own business idea based on your interests.
  2. Learn important business skills and get knowledge of how to start a business in the Netherlands.
  3. Work together with students so you can really start your business.
  4. Get support from professionals and entrepreneurs, and get coached by the best.




Mostafa

“It has never happened before that I go into something that I don’t know much about and in two days I got knowledge about it. I have learned much in such a great way. I still don’t believe how the ideas start and how it develops to be a great idea in the end. I really loved it, it was just great ❤

Tarek

“Refugees Forward is such a fascinating experience, that I won’t forget it. It is really powerful and inspirational when you see Dutch students with newcomers hand by hand, sharing their ideas and making professional presentations together.  They are at the same level of education and even though each one came from different countries and cultures, they complement each other as one crew in the same society.

Anila

“Every Refugees Forward member came to our table and tried to provide suggestions for making new connection and more improvement. The energy level and the sincerity to help us all of Refugees Forward, provided me new passion with a great team member of my Dream Project. Thank You all!

Ghassan

It is a great experience where I am close to the Netherlands knowledge environment. I learn by doing.

Wessam

“At Refugees Forward, you can feel thet you’re surrounded with a lot of energy and motivation!!! It was so interesting to meet and work with new students from another study background. We learned and shared ideas and we made so many bridges between us!!! It was really an amazing experience!!!”


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“It has never happened before that I go into something that I don’t know much about and in two days I got knowledge about it. I have learned much in such a great way. I still don’t believe how the ideas start and how it develops to be a great idea in the end. I really loved it, it was just great ❤”
Mostafa

“Every Refugees Forward member came to our table and tried to provide suggestions for making new connection and more improvement. The energy level and the sincerity to help us all of Refugees Forward, provided me new passion with a great team member of my Dream Project. Thank You all!”
Anila

“It is a great experience where I am close to the Netherlands knowledge environment. I learn by doing.”
Ghassan