The Board Program

Gain insights and tools. Become certified.

Sander van der Blonk

Program Director

T: +31 6 506 1111 5

Scale your impact as a Board Member

The number of scale-ups is expanding. Consequently, there has been an increasing demand from scale-ups for experienced advice and guidance. Are you ready to help scale-ups grow, as board member or business coach? Do you have what it takes?

ScaleUpNation will equip you with the right tools, attitude, and mindset. Moreover, you will gain certification as a qualified scale-up board member.

For: Accomplished entrepreneurs, board members, investors, business advisors, or business coaches
Starts March 5th, 2020. 5 day modules over 3 months (March – May)
Naritaweg 10, Amsterdam 1043BX
€4.750 (exc. VAT)

What will you learn?

Scale-ups pursue high risk, innovative strategies and drive in the fast lane. We will teach you how to make a positive difference as a scale-up board member. During the program you will get the latest empirical research in terms of board dynamics and operations. You’ll get concrete answers to questions like:

  • How to diagnose the company’s position and operations?
  • How to set and measure (new) growth objectives?
  • How to help the founder in her transition to become CEO?
  • How to manage the VC relationship?
  • How to earn trust as a coach and advisor?
  • How to anticipate looming board conflicts and mitigate these?
Board members meet in Amsterdam


March 5 - What are you getting into?

  • What is a scale-up? Success factors and failures?
  • What is required to be a scale-up board member?
  • Legal aspects and governance

9:00 – 21:00

March 6 - Demystifying the Growth Engine

  • It’s not about the topline
  • Funding and investment schemes
  • Addressing the company’s growth agenda

9:00 – 18:00

April 2 - Operational Flywheel

  • Management biases
  • Remuneration and incentives
  • Operational decisions

9:00 – 21:00

April 3 - Situational Leadership

  • Build confidence in the CEO to think courageously challenge conventions
  • Strategic leaps. Help recognize opportunities and make strategic bets
  • Understand board roles across the three horizons of growth

9:00 – 18:00

May 8 - Dealing with Headwind

  • Business Intelligence and warning signals
  • Acting on dilemmas and crisis
  • Resilience. Provide a mirror on leadership effectiveness

9:00 – 21:00

Harm-Jan Wessels, CEO Forcare, ScaleUpNation Board Program Alumni“The passion, energy, and execution by the ScaleUpNation team – excellent!” – Harm-Jan Wessels, CEO Forcare

Experts and Presenters

Menno van Dijk

Founder ScaleUpNation

Anton Arts

Managing Partner, SET Ventures

Leen Paape

Professor Corporate Governance

Josephine de Zwaan

Supervisory Board Chair

Richard Verhoeff

CEO at Crystalloids

Matthijs Ingen-Housz


Irma Borst

CEO matchingWINGS

Hayat Chedid

Leadership expert

Hélène Borgman

Trainer and consultant at Talent naar de Top

Quirijn van Veen


Jan Paul Grollé

Governance and Case Development

Willemijn Schneyder

CEO SwipeGuide

Michael Hilb, Entrepreneur and Board Member, ScaleUpNation Board Program Alumni

Michael Hilb

Entrepreneur and Board Member

“The group was a great mix of backgrounds, industries, corporates, scale-ups and start-ups. I now have a much better understanding of what it takes to be a board director. I understand how complex scale-ups are, which facilitates me in helping them succeed. I now take a more reflective approach when encountering challenges.”

 Tom Prins, CEO Aquaspark, ScaleUpNation Board Program Alumni

Tom Prins


“It was inspirational and intimidating to be a part of this group. I learned about the importance of functional boards from serial entrepreneurs who have been through it before. I realized that I’m easily inclined to move to solutions without fully understanding the root cause of the problem. A board member needs to ask a lot of difficult questions, and I am now equipped to better articulate and direct those.”

Femke Markus, Partner, Spring Associates, ScaleUpNation Board Program Alumni

Femke Markus

Partner, Spring Associates

“It was an excellent journey to come to the realization that an effective board member is not about constantly showing and presenting “expertise and experience” but about asking the CEO and MT the right questions – that you can only ask when having the right experience. The class really challenged us in the traditional role thinking, with a nice balance between theory and practice.”

Over 75

Board Members have completed the training course, with many assuming roles at scale-ups post program.

Learn from advanced peers

Classes have included a diverse group of participants who bring their extensive experience and deep perspectives to share.

Meet the alumni
ScaleUpNation Board Program Alumni

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Sander van der Blonk

Program Director

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  • You are an accomplished entrepreneur, board member, investor, business advisor, or business coach
  • The group is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning. Participation is therefore determined by application.


The fee for the Board Proram is EUR 4.750. exclusive VAT. Fee includes:

  • 5 full days of training
  • All materials, meals and refreshment
  • Certification as qualified scale-up Board Member upon completion of course work
  • Access to the ScaleUpNation community of investors, advisors, researchers and ventures