CursusBuild Your Own Future (BYOF) - turning ideas into business or job!

"Your Build Your Own Future program knows no age, color, or gender, and that motivates me immensely!" - Fatima - BYOF participant

Do you have a business idea, want to know what you're getting into, and how to make it a success? Are you looking for a (new) job, but unsure how to find one in a new country?


Learn to optimize your talents and explore how you can start your own successful business or job in the Build Your Own Future program.

Build Your Own Future is a 3-month businesss program consisting of weekly workshops and personal guidance to develop your ideas for a business or job into a concrete action plan. By the end of this program, you'll know if and how, where, and which actions are needed to realize your ideas for a business or a new job.

For Whom

Do you live in Utrecht or in the Utrecht asylum seekers' center on Jozef Haydnlaan or Star Lodge hotel or Utrecht Overvecht asylum seekers' center on Pahud de Mortangesdreef 41? Then you're welcome to join our program. There are no costs associated with participation.

Sign Up

Want to participate? Sign up before August 28, 2024, via the form below or send us a WhatsApp or email:

Marcellien Breedveld | | 06-41274667

Oscar van der Ende | | 06-53901621

Important Dates and Location

The Information Session is on Tuesday, September 10, 2024, from 2 - 4:00 pm.

The program starts in September 2024 and ends with the Final Event at the end of November. You will then present yourself to a audience of entrepreneurs and professionals who will support you in your next step!

Location: Plan Einstein Pahud in Utrecht.

Why participate in Build Your Own Future?

This program offers you, as a newcomer to a new market:

  • Qualities to develop your personal leadership and entrepreneurship.

  • Customer research to find out who your customers are and how to reach them. Or to find out how you can best present yourself for a new job.

  • Financial planning to determine what you need to start your business and whether you will make a profit with your business. To determine your own budget that you need and want to earn to provide for your (and your family's) livelihood.

  • Legal requirements. What legal requirements do you need to meet as an entrepreneur or citizen.

  • Coaching by professional business advisors and external experts

  • Networking events with experienced and starting entrepreneurs

To participate in this free program, You must:

  1. Have a concrete business idea or job idea

  2. Be able to communicate in the language of the program (Eng / Ned)

  3. Want and be able to invest a lot of energy & time (min. 1 day per week)

  4. Live in Utrecht and/or AZC Haydnlaan and/or Star lodge.

  5. Possess the technical skills necessary for your business or job, or be willing to develop them through education/traineeship (*on your own initiative)

All these activities guide you towards starting your own business or finding your own job.

More than 200 newcomers and residents of Utrecht have gone before you. They have expanded their network and strengthened their professional skills, and a large portion of participants have found a job or started their own business within 3 years of participation.

More information and sign up

Would you like to participate? Sign up before August 28, 2024, via the form below or send us a WhatsApp or email:

Oscar van der Ende | | 06-53901621

Marcellien Breedveld | | 06-41274667


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