Join ScaleUpBoard

Become a certified board member.

Jolanda Holwerda

Program Director

T: +31 633 31 40 77

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 a 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
Spring 2021, April – June

5 module days + 5 learning circles (peer-to-peer sessions)

Amsterdam, NL
€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


What are you getting into?

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

Demystifying the Growth Engine

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

Operational Flywheel

  • Management biases
  • Remuneration and incentives
  • Operational decisions

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

Dealing with Headwind

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

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


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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Jolanda Holwerda

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 ScaleUpBoard is €4.750. exclusive VAT. Fee includes:

  • 5 program days and 5 learning circles (peer-to-peer sessions to deepen your learning).
  • 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