Nominate your board member for our first annual Board Impact Award!

Do you know someone who fits the profile of a top-tier board member of a scale-up or start-up?

Nominate your board member for the first Annual Board Impact Award, hosted by ScaleUpNation, Golden Egg Check and Regionale Ontwikkelings Maatschappijen (ROMs)!

It is commonly thought that non-executive boards don’t contribute much to the success of scale-ups but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Having an effective board is essential for a successful scale-up. Empirical data taken from The Art of Scaling proves that having an effective board is crucial for scaling.

What are some of the traits of an effective board member?

  • Supporting verses intervening.

  • Coaching versus advising.

  • Inspire and motivate.

This is your opportunity to show your board members how much you appreciate their contribution to the growth of your company. Laureates will receive a free ScaleUpScan or a place in the ScaleUpBoard program provided by ScaleUpNation (€5000+ value!)

*Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Who can apply for the award?

Any advisory or supervisory board member of a scale-up or start-up can be nominated for the award by another member of their board and/or management team. If you would like to be nominated, you cannot nominate yourself. However, you can ask another member of your organization to nominate you!

How does the application process work?

It is very simple! Simply follow this link to the application platform on the Golden Egg Check website. You will sign up, receive a confirmation email and then you can begin the application process. You can save and return the application before submission until the closing date, February 12, 2023.

How are the laureates determined?

The application is composed of qualitative and quantitative questions based on the Trust Equation by Charles Green to describe the key elements of a trusted
and effective professional: credibility, reliability, safety and lack of self-orientation.

Elements of research by jury member Dr. Natalia Blagburn on scale-up boards and The Art of Scaling will also be incorporated into the judging process. The applications will be determined by a jury of esteemed board members

For each category there will be a short list of five nominees which will be announced, February 2023. From this list one laureate will be chosen for each category.

What are the potential prizes for each category?

Each laureate will be able to choose between:

A free ScaleUpScan (€3000 value!) for their organization provided by ScaleUpNation. What is the ScaleUpScan?

  • The ScaleUpScan is a diagnostic tool that provides your organization with empirical insight on how your organization compares to its competitors and how to scale instead of stall. 
  • The ScaleUpScan integrates input from your team on your organizational practices, culture and the complementarity of your MT and provides an executive summary written by one of our experts who has delved in your case.
  • The ScaleUpScan is an invaluable resource for you and your organization!


A seat in the ScaleUpBoard Program (€5750 value!) for the winning board member provided by ScaleUpNation. What is the ScaleUpBoard Program?

  • The ScaleUpBoard Program is for independent board members of start-ups/scale-ups, for investors, for CEOs that are creating a supervisory or advisory board and for coaches, mentors and advisors of start-ups/scale-ups. 
  • What is included in the program?
    •  5 program days and 5 learning circles (peer-to-peer sessions to deepen your learning).
    • All materials, meals and refreshment (in on-site events).
    • Certification as qualified scale-up Board Member upon completion of course work.
    • Access to the ScaleUpNation community of investors, advisors, researchers and ventures.

When and where will the awards ceremony take place?

The ceremony will take place on March 23, 2023 at The Social Impact Factory in Utrecht, NL.

Would you like to attend the ceremony? Sign up here!

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