Our Success Stories

Our Success Stories


Where our entrepreneurs are now

Our Success Stories


Shadi - "Elanza"

Through his innovative platform Elanza, Shadi connects Dutch nurses to healthcare institutions. By doing so, he and his team increase efficiency in the healthcare sector, improve working hours for nurses and enlarge their profit compared to the current recruitment agency systems. Shadi received an €80.000 seed investment through Refugees Forward. Do you want to see the beta platform? Then visit www.elanza.nl!


Eduardo - "Oruga Design"

With Oruga Design, Cuban designer Eduardo is able to put his talent back to use by making creative designs out of non-used materials and waste. A strong believer in the concept of circular economy, Eduardo is selling and exposing his designs all over Europe. Besides making the world a more sustainable place, Eduardo became self-sustaining only 8 months after arriving in the Netherlands and creating his own company “Oruga Design”. Contact us if you want to meet Eduardo for his sustainable design ideas! You can keep up with his work on instagram.


Anas - "Mpowerment"

As a former talent developer, not able to find a job even with an excellent educational background and work experience, Anas decided to certify blue-collar workers with a refugee background through his social enterprise Mpowerment. His current focus is on training truck drivers, who after certification (theory and practice) will be employed for at least a year. Do you know transport companies with a shortage of truck drivers? Get in touch with Anas via anas.ragheb@gmail.com or through facebook.


Mostafa - NoAd

Mostafa participated in one of our first Startup Weekends and presented an idea for the “Get Social app”, where people would be rewarded for not using their phone in social environments. Though his pitch did not convince the jury members, Mostafa got offered a dual training, combining job and education by one of the RF coaches, right on the spot. He currently works all over Europe on big marketing campaigns.


Manar - Hoooop

Former CEO of a company with 200 people in Syria, Manar and his team of 2 people launched the app “Hoooop”, empowering immigrants, illiterates and women to find jobs in their region, all by making use of their own language. Through a smart interactive voice and speech app, Manar helps the Dutch government to reduce its spending on social support and enables unemployed blue-collar workers to become an active part of the working population. Manar received a big investment to start the business. Check out the website on https://www.hoooop.nl/!


Khaled - Damascuis

Though the restaurant business is risky, Khaled has found an innovative way to start his own Syrian eatery. Together with his chef Heba, Khaled formed a strategic partnership with Uber Eats, to start selling their food through a Dark Kitchen concept, where a kitchen is rented and the food is delivered by Uber Eats. This allows “Damascuis” to gather enough data about costumer demographics to launch the restaurant, based on sound data insights!


Anila - Gemeente Amsterdam

A strong advocate of newcomer rights, Anila moved the crowd during one of our Startup Weekends. After joining our two-month Pilot Program following that weekend, Anila started as a self-employed worker and found her passion as a Policy Advisor on Integration at the Municipality of Amsterdam.  


Mohammed & Hamed - Frilan

Mohammed and Hamed (picture) have a background in international trade and as a veterinarian respectively, now they combine their knowledge and network via their company “Frilan”. They aim to export cattle all over MENA. Currently, they are preparing for their first big shipment that will determine their future career as international cattle traders. See more at www.frilan.nl.


Dmitry - Flexik

Together with his then-student consultant and now co-founder Starri, founded “Flexik”, a decoration company that focuses on big-scale events such as festivals and large weddings. Importing very unique tailor-made designs from Russia, they found a niche in the market that allows them to rent out their products at various festivals throughout 2019. Looking for decoration at your event? Go to www.flexik.nl.


Mohammad - AskPro

As he ran a successful business with over 50 people, taking on large construction projects in Syria, it is no surprise that Mohammad is working hard to restart here in the Netherlands and get back to his former days of glory. With “Askpro” he fills a huge gap in the Dutch renovation and maintenance market, proved by having multiple big renovation projects lined up. If you are looking to upgrade your property, contact us for a top-notch and fast service renovation company!


Hadi - Stonature

As one of our very first success stories, Hadi shows a true passion for his import business “Stonature”. With a recent €50.000 investment he is able to import his first batch of natural stones from Iran and sell them on the European market. Find out more on www.stonature.nl.


Abdullah - Holland Leading Agriculture

As an agricultural engineer, Abdullah understands the complexities of the plant seed business. With “Holland Leading Agriculture”, Abdullah exports high-quality Dutch seeds to his contacts in the MENA area. His first sample batch has been sent out to several farmers and the growth of the seeds will determine how big he can really go with his international seed trading company. You can follow him on facebook




Shadi – “Elanza

Through his innovative platform Elanza, Shadi connects Dutch nurses to healthcare institutions. By doing so, he and his team increase efficiency in the healthcare sector, improve working hours for nurses and enlarge their profit compared to the current recruitment agency systems. Shadi received an €80.000 seed investment through Refugees Forward!



Eduardo – “Oruga Design”

With Oruga Design, Cuban designer Eduardo is able to put his talent back to use by making creative designs out of non-used materials and waste. A strong believer in the concept of circular economy, Eduardo is selling and exposing his designs all over Europe. You can keep up with his work on instagram.



Anas – “Mpowerment”

As a former talent developer, Anas decided to certify blue-collar workers with a refugee background through his social enterprise Mpowerment. His current focus is on training truck drivers, who after certification (theory and practice) will be employed for at least a year. Do you know transport companies with a shortage of truck drivers? Get in touch with Anas via anas.ragheb@gmail.com or through facebook.