Mastering Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Expat Spouses

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 the Dutch.

Setting up your own business

For the spouses, integration in the Dutch society and finding a job, can be a challenge. Setting up a business is a realistic option to make use of their talents, to build a network, and have the flexibility to combine work with private life. In this light, Tilburg University Professional Education developed a 5-day 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.

Objectives of the course

You will work on your business idea and receive all information needed to develop the idea towards a start-up. 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 receive a digital copy of the 'Start-up Manual' by Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen.

Course schedule and topics

The course consists of five practical and interactive sessions, led by experts in the field of entrepreneurship. Each session will have a distinct theme to help you build your new business in the Netherlands.

Course schedule
Donderdag 2 November 2017 Dutch business environment and field expertise
by Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen
Vrijdag 3 November 2017 Business idea and personal competencies
by Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen
Donderdag 30 November 2017 Finance & Accounting
by Jan Kerkhofs
Vrijdag 1 december Financial Plan
by Jan Kerkhofs
Vrijdag 8 december Organizational affairs, tax system and legal forms
by Han L'Ortye

Read more about the experts in the information leaflet (pdf).

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.

Admission requirements

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


Learning is an important investment in your personal development. This course offers you a great start of your new company in the Netherlands. For participation in this course, an investment of € 2,249.00 is required. The tuition fee includes all course materials and fieldwork expenses but does not include lodging expenses.

All funds will be invested in funds for academic research and (international) scholarships. In this way, your participation will contribute to a better Tilburg University.

General terms and conditions


You can register for this course only by filling out the online registration form on the website. You will immediately receive a digital confirmation. Your registration is complete if you have been admitted and have paid the course fee.

Course fee

The course fee is payable within 14 days after receipt of the invoice. No VAT is charged for this course.


Tilburg University reserves the right to change parts of the course in the event of unforeseen circumstances or recent developments. You will be informed of any changes as soon as possible.


Cancellation by a course participant needs to take place in writing. If you cancel in writing not later than four weeks before the first course day, the course fee will be refunded. Tilburg University reserves the right to cancel the course if an insufficient number of participants have registered.


After every course day, the course participants will be given an evaluation form. It is very important for the further development of the post-academic courses to receive the course participants’ feedback through these evaluation forms. The information obtained will be used as much as possible in organizing and designing future courses.


The course participant can report any complaints to Tilburg University in writing. The complaint needs to be described in detail. Complaints do not suspend the obligation to pay the course fee. If the complaint is upheld by Tilburg University, the course participant will receive a reduction of the course fee.

  • Start: 5 October 2017
  • Investment: € 2,249
  • Study load: 5 full day sessions
  • Location: Tilburg
Brochure Mastering Entrepreneurship


If you require more information about the course please feel free to contact us by e-mail.

Josette Dijkhuizen

Academic Director

Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen

Joanne Taminiau-Cook

Program Coordinator

Joanne Taminiau-Cook

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