Entrepreneurship through Acquisition and Succession: How to Buy a Company

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level
Advanced Bachelor

Are you a possible successor in the family business, or do you want to start your own business? Are you interested in buying a company? During this course, upcoming entrepreneurs are prepared for buying, purchasing a share or taking over a complete SME business. You follow the modules: Acquisition and Entrepreneurial qualities, Tax and legal aspects, Due diligence, Strategic plan after acquisition and innovation, Psychological barriers and Financing and Valuation. We work with real cases and companies that are for sale. We will visit at least one real company during the course that was recently for sale or was sold.

We will use some former students cases as examples of how to approach entrepreneurship through business transfer. The course prepares you for purchasing a company within the near future and can take place gradually under the wings of our academic team and/ or local universities/partners. In this programme, we will actively look for financing for the acquisition, takeover, or succession. This is the real deal without the students being obliged to proceed to a transaction. We pay special attention to those who work in a family business.

The past nine years 200 students were supported by this programme in the Netherlands. Around 55 students bought (several) companies or became successors in the family firm. Others decided to get more experience in work or management positions. The winners and runners-up were always offered financial arrangements by market parties.

Course director
Dr. Edwin Weesie

Target audience

Entrepreneurial and self-motivated students. With or without family business background.

Aim of the course

Prepare to buy a small to medium-sized company.

Study load

Two-week course with practical classes from 09:00 until 15:30 including a lunch break. Homework before the course starts. Company visit on day 3.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

If it is not possible to do the course physically, due to freedom restrictions, an online version will be available. MS teams will be used to meet virtually and Central European Time will be used as a time reference.


Extra application information

Mandatory preparation: before starting the course various online tests and documentation have to be filled in. The results will be discussed in class. It concerns an entrepreneurial scan and a barriers assessment scan. In addition, a letter of motivation needs to be uploaded s in order to be well prepared for the course. 

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter

More information

Edwin Weesie | E: edwin.weesie@hu.nl | T: +31 (0)6 4162 1644 


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 July 2022