Intro to Dutch Culture for Startups: Doing Business with the Dutch

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Intro to Dutch Culture for Startups: Doing Business with the Dutch

Working in a new country comes with its unique challenges but without a clear cultural manual. Especially when it comes to the work environment. We know how important it is to make a good impression, work well together or to find out how to get the most out of yourself, your co-workers and teams. Time for a Dutch Culture for start-ups 101.

During this workshop, Mirjam and Marieke from Settly, will give you a taste of what it’s like to do business amongst or with the Dutch. They’ll be showing you what you should be aware of and how to prepare for day to day business. They will answer questions like what is common in this country? How do you communicate properly according to the Dutch? Should you be aware of any quirky characteristics? What are the do’s and don'ts? And any questions that you might have.

The topics they will cover are:

  • Intro to Dutch Culture

  • Dutch directness

  • How to communicate with the Dutch

  • Doing business with the Dutch

  • Do’s and Don'ts

This is an hour-long session for anyone interested in doing business in the Netherlands.


  • Mirjam van de Ven - is the Client Success Manager at Settly. She's an experienced onboarding specialist who has worked for several international and fast growing start-ups and scale-ups such as Uber, OFO and SkyTeam. Being Dutch, but having lived abroad for 9 years and only having worked at international companies, she can relate to both the Dutch and international way of doing business.

  • Marieke van Iperen - Co-Founder & CEO of Settly, a digital relocation solution helping companies to attract and retain international talent. Prior to moving back to her homeland (The Netherlands) and and founding Settly ,she worked for companies like: Uber, Starbucks, PwC & Nike in HR across all 5 continents, and experienced first hand what it’s like to live and work in other cultures.

About Settly

We are a value and purpose-driven HR tech start-up on a mission to redefine the relocation experience for the new generation of international talent. We believe that everyone deserves to feel at home, no matter where you come from, what you earn or how long you’re staying.

We work with some of the coolest start-ups, scale-ups and publicly listed companies in the world, and help their employees relocate in a hassle-free way through our platform and amazing client success team.

Diversity & Inclusion is our DNA and the foundation of what we do and why. In our first year of operation, we were named one of the top 200 inspiring diverse start-ups by Techleap and we are proud of our wide variety of different nationalities and backgrounds.


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