Forward Incubator

Published by Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach on

The Refugees Forward Foundation (Forward Incubator) was established in 2017 with the objective to empower entrepreneurs with a refugee background in their new countries of residence, helping them become economically independent and integrated into local societies.

Till date Forward Incubator has supported 71 entrepreneurs with a refugee background and has worked with over 500 volunteers, both university students as well as experienced professionals in the field of entrepreneurship.

The focus of this non-profit organization is to:
  • Develop an effective, tailored, and personal approach to entrepreneurship and incubator programs for refugees;
  • Connect refugees with an interest in entrepreneurship with students and other groups;
  • Provide the opportunities related to either participants’ own business or empowerment through paid employment and further education;
  • Disseminate knowledge to the professionals and students involved in the different programs, breaking down barriers between locals and refugees and creating mutual understanding between all people involved in the community.

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Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach

I am an independent digital media consultant, focussing on Crowdfunding for the creative industries in Austria and Germany. I consulted more than 100 projects, wrote numerous articles on the topic and I am active as a speaker and workshop host. I am running consulting and information portal and publish a monthly Crowdfunding newsletter. Together with my colleague Karsten Wenzlaff from the Berlin based Institut für Kommunikation in Sozialen Medien (ikosom) I published “The (almost) complete guidebook to Crowdfunding for SME’s” as part of the project CrowdFundPort. During his media studies at Vienna University I worked as a film critic and journalist. I am a passionate web user and always on the hunt for the latest trends in Social Media and Digital Communication. I am also working for the CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria as project manager. Additionally I am supporting a few start-ups and SME's in terms of press relations.


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