Since 2018 ScaleUpNation organized 5 ScaleUpBoard programs. While taking part of the program, participants gain a combination of hands-on learning and the latest scientific insights on scaling. Participants come from different backgrounds and roles, from the fields of finance, governance, social impact, and technology.
After being part of the program, some board members expressed their own personal opinions and shared their valuable comments. Now, we will start the new series “Meet the ScaleUpBoard alumni” with someone who may be familiar to you: ScaleUpNation CEO Anieke Wierenga.
Anieke's biggest takeaways
After many years working in innovation departments for different corporates, she had the desire to better understand how scale-ups function. That’s the key reason why she joined ScaleUpBoard in 2019.
Some of her biggest learnings from the program are:
- Scaling a company is very complex, and involves a lot of stakeholders. It’s very valuable to get insights into how the other stakeholders think and interact with the management team. Participants learned a lot from each other in the program because there are investors, entrepreneurs, and board members in the class, and get to hear about the others’ perspectives
- She understood that she could also use part of her past work experience in large companies for start-ups
- You will learn all about what it takes to scale a company. Those insights will help you guide founders who are going through that scaling journey
From learnings to practice
After graduating from ScaleUpBoard, Anieke joined the ScaleUpNation team as the director of ScaleUpFood, our program for scaling food&agri ventures. As of January 2021, she has stepped up as CEO of ScaleUpNation.
By being a ScaleUpBoard member she got notions on how important it is for scale-up CEOs to not get sidetracked by the daily clutter and know how to put everything into perspective. Those insights helped her to become ScaleUpNation CEO, as she understood that “things don’t develop sequentially, and they go at a fast pace. You have to build an overarching strategy while you’re raising money, developing your HR team, and so on. Everything needs to be in balance”.
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