Mastering Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Expat Spouses

Setting up your own business

An estimated 57,000 expats live in The Netherlands. Two thirds of them are male and moved to this country because of their job. But most of them did not move alone, they came with their spouse and children. Moving to The Netherlands means getting used to another language, finding a good school, building up new social networks, and getting to know all about ‘broodje kroket’.

For the spouses, integration in the Dutch society and finding a job, can be a challenge. Setting up a business is an option to make use of their talents,to build up a social and business network, and have the flexibility to combine work with private life.In this light, Maastricht School of Management developed a 5-day executive course aimed at expat spouses who have the ambition to start-up a company in The Netherlands. This course contributes to the economic, social and personal value of the participants.

You will work on your business idea and receive all information needed to develop the idea towards a start-up.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Certificate (diploma optional)


Course date
2018 (TBC)

5 days spread over several weeks

Lead trainer
Ms. Josette Dijkhuizen
Honorary Professor in Entrepreneurship Development at MSM, full-time entrepreneur, founder of ENPower (inclusive entrepreneurship) and De Zakencoach (network for business coaching)

Course topics

After finalizing the course, you have an understanding of

  • The business environment (legal affairs and regulations, business culture) in The Netherlands
  • Mission, vision and development of entrepreneurial strategy
  • The personal characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
  • Market positioning of products and/or services
  • Financial plan for realizing the ambitions

All participants will get a digital copy of the Start-Up Manual of Prof. Dr. Josette Dijkhuizen.

Course schedule and topics

Teaching methods

The approach of the training is hands-on, in collaboration with experienced trainers and mentors who work in the field. To stimulate the transfer of knowledge the training will consist of a combination of interactive lectures, individual assignments and group assignments. The practical and interactive setting of the training not only allows you to learn from the trainers but also from your fellow participants. An exposure visit to a company in the region might be part of the program.

Your profile

The program is designed for expat spouses with the ambition to develop their own business in the Netherlands.


Each participant receives a certificate of attendance on the last day of the course. Only for those who will complete an additional assignment will receive a diploma. In case you would like to have more information you contact

Ms. Josette Dijkhuizen

Honorary Professor in Entrepreneurship Development at MSM, full-time entrepreneur, founder of ENPower (inclusive entrepreneurship) and De Zakencoach (network for business coaching)

Dr. Josette Dijkhuizen is entrepreneur(ship) consultant par excellence. She combines science with practice in her activities. This lead to different books, like ‘The Entrepreneurial Gene’, but also to inspiring columns and presentations. In 2013 she was UN Women’s Representative and in the same year she started her social enterprise ‘ENPower’ to assist vulnerable (wo)men from shelter homes, refugee and human trafficking, with the start-up of an enterprise. She received different awards for her activities.

Jan Kerkhofs

Jan Kerkhofs has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. He worked for one of the largest banks in the Netherlands as account manager of companies in retail, wholesale, industry and agriculture. For many years Jan was manager of the business section with a focus on SME’s. In the past years he practices his knowledge in consultancy projects and trainings. His motto is “accounting can be fun!”

Jan Kerkhofs

Han l’Ortye

Han l’Ortye has over 33 years of experience as a sparring partner for entrepreneurs, in legal,
fiscal and financial matters. His passion is to enable entrepreneurs to realize their ambitions and dreams by guiding them through, what sometimes seems to be a minefield of, legal, fiscal and financial issues. Han first obtained a degree in law at the Tilburg University. Because advice in business law almost always has tax implications, he obtained a degree in tax law as well at the same university. Han worked for an accounting firm before making a career switch to banking where he was responsible for the department of business banking. Since three years he returned to his roots, he is currently working as a law and tax consultant for the Vermetten Group, an accounting firm based in the south of the country. His motto is “take matters in your own hands”.

The full tuition fee

The tuition fee of this course is € 2,499.

Tuition fee includes all course materials and study materials. Tuition fee does not include housing, food and living expenses. Participants are required to arrange their own housing facilities. MSM can assist in finding hotel accommodation.


Scholarship opportunities can be combined up to 50% of the full tuition fee.

Corporate Discount:
15% for 2 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
25% for 3 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
40% for 4 - 6 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
For > 6 participants we will offer a tailor made program

European Star Scholarship:
50% for European citizens and long term residents. Submit a 2 - 3 page essay on the topic: "What will be the positive change for my organization and me after participating in this course?"

Alumni Lifelong Learning:
15% discount for Maastricht School of Management registered Alumni

Dean's Development Fund:
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Cancellation policy

MSM reserves the right to postpone or cancel the program in case the number of participants does not meet the MSM requirements for minimum number of participants. Any payment made to MSM for tuition fee will be refunded. In the case of postponement or cancellation of the program MSM will inform the enrolled candidates at least six weeks before the planned start of the program.

By the participant:

If an admitted participant decides against participation after the tuition fee has been paid, cancellation costs are €200,- (administrative costs)

In case cancellation is done after the program has started no money will be refunded.

No cancellation charges are incurred if the enrolled participant, with written consent of MSM, will be replaced by another participant before the start of the course. Refunded tuition fees will only be reimbursed to the sponsoring party and cannot be forwarded or redeemed by any other party.

Participants who were not granted a visa to enter The Netherlands, can be fully reimbursed if written official documentation is provided of such visa denial.

Application deadline

2018 (TBC)

Admission requirements

Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level
and should have an adequate level of spoken and written English.

Reasons to follow the Mastering Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Expat Spouses course

  • Work on your ambitions and dreams and get all the knowledge to make it work
  • Learn all facets of setting up your own business in the Netherlands, from your business idea towards the start-up
  • Build your network of colleagues and share experiences through the interactive set-up of the training
  • Get inspired by the hands-on training approach delivered by experienced trainers and mentors working in the field
  • Benefit from a better integration into Dutch society

Work on your business idea towards a start-up