Mastering Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Expat Spouses

Course dates 2017
Autumn edition: 2 & 3 October, 30 & 31 October, 20 November

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

Diploma
Diploma

Mode
Part-time

Course date
2 & 3 October, 30 & 31 October and 20 November

Duration
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.

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”.

Scholarships

Available MSM Scholarships for private sponsorship candidates >
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Tuition fee

The tuition fee of this course is € 2499.

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.

Alumni and corporate discounts

15% discount for Maastricht School of Management registered Alumni

10% discount for multiple participants (3 or more) from one organization

Cancellation policy

By MSM:
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, she/he or, if applicable, the sponsor is liable for the following cancellation costs:

• 25% of the tuition fee if cancellation is between eight to seven weeks before the start of the program.
• 50% of the tuition fee if cancellation is between six to four weeks before the start of the program.
• 75% of the tuition fee if cancellation is within four weeks of the start of the program.
• In case cancellation is done after the program has started no money will be refunded.
• No cancellation charges are incurred if the enrolled candidate or the client, with written consent of MSM, will be replaced by another candidate 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.

Candidates 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

Autumn edition:
2 & 3 October, 30 & 31 October, 20 November: 1 September 2017

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