Maarten De Jeu – Strategic Business Advisor

Maarten De Jeu is a strategic business advisor, who in 2012 launched SVM Business Advisory. He advises that a business performing well has an opportunity to expand to foreign markets, as extending your companies’ reach globally may have many benefits. He has a complete business education because of his MBA from the University of Oxford, where he was ranked first in his class because of his multi-lingual abilities. Maarten has fought for a successful international business where his career also focuses on financial services, and commercial real estate investment. De Jeu brings industry knowledge along with technical skills, and extensive international experience. 


Mr. De Jeu helps his clients from Fortune 100 companies, while he understands the nuances of taking your business international because of intercultural exchanges that need to happen when this is achieved. Mr. De Jeu has earned his MBA from the University of Oxford, which has resulted in clients benefitting from his technical skill, industry know-how, and understanding of the global institutional as well as cultural settings he and his clients may find themselves in. His multi-lingual ability serves him well because he speaks English, Dutch, German and French. He uses his advising ability on senior executives. 


He was a founding member of the SVM Business Advisory in Chicago, Illinois but well before this event, he was the Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Aviva plc. International Strategy Manager at Aviva’s London Office. During this time, he also consulted for TVDK Management Consultants. De Jeu has hobbies like spending time with his family when he is not working, and he also plays tennis. 


He is active with several business and community organizations such as the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Deans’ International Council, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center. De Jeu offers entrepreneurs the following advice: to choose a location where there is a demand for your product that is met, because you have to offer competitive pricing to make a profit. Learn more:


You have to speak the language when dealing with business internationally or hire somebody who does. You also have to familiarize yourself with the local laws pertaining to starting a business that gives you protection policies for businesses. You have to secure a branch location for a branch office that is good for business, since hiring local employees also serves a similar purpose such as that. De Jeu says to raise enough capital to fund your start-up costs for an international launch, which should not be rushed.

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