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Learning Velocity in scale-ups

by Menno van Dijk, Anna Fenko, Ji-ye Oh,
Jorgen Sandig and Liselore Havermans

How to grow from failure in scale-ups?

Learning velocity •
21 January 2020
Learning the hard way is inevitable in scale-ups. Not all of your creative ideas will be developed into working products. Not all of your prospective clients will sign the contract....
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Scale-ups need to delight their customers. But is that enough?

Delighting Customers •
13 January 2020
Scale-ups need to delight their customers. But is that enough? As a scale-up CEO, you are extremely busy. But for the topic of Delighting Customers, you always have time. Everyone...
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Scale-ups are learning the hard way. Start learning the smart way!

Learning velocity •
10 January 2020
Scale-ups are learning the hard way. Start learning the smart way! Scale-ups are young innovative ventures that quickly transform themselves into full-fledged enterprises. This profound transformation is impossible without strategic...
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Vacancy: Business Developer & Analyst

Job Oportunities •
8 January 2020
Select the best Scale-Ups in Food & Agri for ScaleUpFood ScaleUpFood Scaling is hard, but innovative companies in Food & Agri often face a number of additional challenges. Common hurdles...
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Scale-up CEOs need structured time for reflection on learning

Learning velocity •
20 December 2019
The lack of time is one of the most pressing issues for scale-up CEOs. You are always trying to achieve the most within the shortest time possible. You constantly feel...
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Time to bring a COO into your scale-up?

Smart Bets •
9 September 2019
By Daan Bak, Hayat Chedid, Menno van Dijk, Jörgen Sandig Scaling an enterprise is like a pizza eating contest, with the first prize being more pizza. As you generate more business...
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The Art of Scaling Waste

ScaleUpDrivers •
9 August 2019
Venture Runway alumni PeelPioneers is well on their way to scaling their innovative venture. Their journey showcases the challenges and creative opportunities Food & Agriculture entrepreneurs must master as they...
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ScaleUpNation, FoodValley and Rabobank partner to boost food and agri scale-ups

News •
25 July 2019
ScaleUpNation, FoodValley and Rabobank partner to boost food and agri scale-ups Amsterdam/Utrecht/Wageningen, The Netherlands: ScaleUpNation, Foodvalley NL and Rabobank announced today the launch of ScaleUpFood: a comprehensive support program dedicated...
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ScaleUpNation’s Board program: Measuring its impact

News •
21 June 2019
"No board ever built anything great, but a bad board will kill a company every time." -Old Silicon Valley saying. Some call it the chrysalis effect: the process of maturation...
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Selection process open: join us for our deep-dive into learning velocity

News •
7 June 2019
Are you an impact scale-up CEO or MT member and want to learn more about learning velocity? Join us for our deep-dive starting July 1st.  A deep-dive is a unique...
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Welcome Samir Saberi!

News •
4 June 2019

We’re excited that Samir Saberi has joined ScaleUpNation as our Commercial Director, focused on sales, marketing and business development. Samir will be responsible for helping build and communicate the ScaleUpNation…

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The Next Closet: Success Factors for Industry Disruption

ScaleUpDrivers •
31 May 2019

The Next Closet: Success Factors for (Fashion) Industry Disruption   “I would think about a girl or woman living in small town like Baarn where there is only one local…

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Storytelling for Impact

ScaleUpDrivers •
13 May 2019

Storytelling for Impact By Valeria Mecozzi One of the strongest ways for humans to bond has always been through storytelling. Listening to each other tell our stories builds empathy, forges…

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How to take an impact business to scale?

Smart Bets •
3 May 2019
Large societal challenges = large entrepreneurial opportunities My own daughter – a young gifted modern classic music composer – once shared with me: “Dad, you think like someone from the...
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The Future is Female Entrepreneurs

ScaleUpDrivers •
4 March 2019

Join our Happy Hour March 7   When talking about  business growth, one often overlooked factor is diversity. But research clearly shows that it makes a difference: A recent NBER…

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A Day in the Runway

Business Beat •
11 February 2019
As we gear up to welcome Runway Class 7 to ScaleUpNation, we’re sharing a peek into a typical day in the Runway Program. We've got an incredible group of impact...
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PHYSEE ‘s Scale-up DNA

ScaleUpDrivers •
7 February 2019

PHYSEE ‘s Scale-up DNA The seventh class of our Runway program is kicking off this March. As we gear up, we take a deep dive into the ventures that have gone…

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Top Scale-up Reads of 2018

Smart Bets •
21 December 2018

Our favorite reads of 2018   Ready to curl up near the fire and increase your learning velocity? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from ScaleUpNation. Looking forward to an…

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See you at the AOM Scale-up Conference

ScaleUpDrivers •
14 December 2018

Academy of Management Conference This week at ScaleUpNation we’ve been busy preparing for the AOM Scale-up Conference in Tel Aviv next week. The theme “From Start-up to Scale-up Strategies: Coping…

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Event: Cracking the code of corporate – venture collaboration

News •
9 October 2018
Event: Cracking the code of corporate & venture collaboration Increasingly, corporates are sourcing ideas and solutions from the tech start-up/scale-up community, but cooperation can be ad hoc and notorious for...
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Corporate & Venture Collaboration Principals

Smart Bets •

By Menno van Dijk and Sander van der Blonk Cooperation between large corporates and young innovative ventures can have many flavors. These range from R&D collaboration, to opportunities for leveraging…

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Are you an Effective Scale-up Board Member?

Business Beat •
28 August 2018

By Menno van Dijk, Laurie Kemp, Hayat Chedid, Noëlle Haitsma, and Floris Kroon Governance can make or break a scale-up. We all have our own war stories and examples of…

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Building for Culture

Driving Excellence •
20 August 2018
The value of a strong company culture is clear, but building a strong culture is far from straightforward. We identify and expand on healthy practices for building a culture: how...
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The Essential Product Roadmap

Smart Bets •
7 August 2018
A well-crafted product roadmap can a be startup’s key step toward scale. Once the product hits square market fit, it needs to get to work toward launching the next product...
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The Transition from Founder to CEO

Driving Excellence •
23 July 2018
Based on 2008 HBR Article from Noam Wasserman “The Founder’s Dilemma”. Summarized and adapted by Menno van Dijk, of ScaleUpNation.   Successful CEO-cum-founders are a very rare breed. Most founders surrendered...
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HealthTech Leadership Breakfast Series

News •
19 July 2018
HealthTech Leadership Breakfast Series Introducing the ScaleUpNation HealthTech Leadership breakfast series: a monthly forum for founders and management teams of HealthTech ventures to work together on challenging leadership topics. Each...
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Board Members that Propel, Not Protect

Business Beat •
25 June 2018
Supervisory board members of scale-ups focus on value creation rather than value protection, this article describes what it takes. By Menno van Dijk, founder of ScaleUpNation. With input from Rodria Laline, Valeria...
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Introducing ScaleUpDistrict

News •
22 June 2018
A video to introduce ScaleUpDistrict. Thank you to everyone who attended to break-in the new building and celebrate our new identity.
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Beyond Product-Market Fit

Smart Bets •
21 June 2018
Beyond Product-Market Fit Product launches are exhilarating – the team is ready to go, aligned, partly terrified, but thrilled to hit the market. The reality is that the real uphill...
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Dare to choose

Smart Bets •
Saying no to potential customers can seem counter-intuitive especially for companies in the start-up phase, but it could be the key to scale. A young entrepreneur came to us with...
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The Laws of Scale

Smart Bets •
20 June 2018
Geoffrey West’s latest book Scaling looks at system behavior in an attempt to answer every scale-up CEOs question: "How to scale a business?". He studies organisms, cities and companies, whose...
Read more

Time to bring a COO into your scale-up?

Smart Bets •
9 September 2019
By Daan Bak, Hayat Chedid, Menno van Dijk, Jörgen Sandig Scaling an enterprise is like a pizza eating contest, with the first prize being more pizza. As you generate more business...
Read more

How to take an impact business to scale?

Smart Bets •
3 May 2019
Large societal challenges = large entrepreneurial opportunities My own daughter – a young gifted modern classic music composer – once shared with me: “Dad, you think like someone from the...
Read more

Top Scale-up Reads of 2018

Smart Bets •
21 December 2018

Our favorite reads of 2018   Ready to curl up near the fire and increase your learning velocity? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from ScaleUpNation. Looking forward to an…

Read more

Corporate & Venture Collaboration Principals

Smart Bets •
9 October 2018

By Menno van Dijk and Sander van der Blonk Cooperation between large corporates and young innovative ventures can have many flavors. These range from R&D collaboration, to opportunities for leveraging…

Read more

The Essential Product Roadmap

Smart Bets •
7 August 2018
A well-crafted product roadmap can a be startup’s key step toward scale. Once the product hits square market fit, it needs to get to work toward launching the next product...
Read more

Beyond Product-Market Fit

Smart Bets •
21 June 2018
Beyond Product-Market Fit Product launches are exhilarating – the team is ready to go, aligned, partly terrified, but thrilled to hit the market. The reality is that the real uphill...
Read more

Dare to choose

Smart Bets •
Saying no to potential customers can seem counter-intuitive especially for companies in the start-up phase, but it could be the key to scale. A young entrepreneur came to us with...
Read more

The Laws of Scale

Smart Bets •
20 June 2018
Geoffrey West’s latest book Scaling looks at system behavior in an attempt to answer every scale-up CEOs question: "How to scale a business?". He studies organisms, cities and companies, whose...
Read more

Building for Culture

Driving Excellence •
20 August 2018
The value of a strong company culture is clear, but building a strong culture is far from straightforward. We identify and expand on healthy practices for building a culture: how...
Read more

The Transition from Founder to CEO

Driving Excellence •
23 July 2018
Based on 2008 HBR Article from Noam Wasserman “The Founder’s Dilemma”. Summarized and adapted by Menno van Dijk, of ScaleUpNation.   Successful CEO-cum-founders are a very rare breed. Most founders surrendered...
Read more

A Day in the Runway

Business Beat •
11 February 2019
As we gear up to welcome Runway Class 7 to ScaleUpNation, we’re sharing a peek into a typical day in the Runway Program. We've got an incredible group of impact...
Read more

Are you an Effective Scale-up Board Member?

Business Beat •
28 August 2018

By Menno van Dijk, Laurie Kemp, Hayat Chedid, Noëlle Haitsma, and Floris Kroon Governance can make or break a scale-up. We all have our own war stories and examples of…

Read more

Board Members that Propel, Not Protect

Business Beat •
25 June 2018
Supervisory board members of scale-ups focus on value creation rather than value protection, this article describes what it takes. By Menno van Dijk, founder of ScaleUpNation. With input from Rodria Laline, Valeria...
Read more