Inspire your board to ride the waves of change.

Become a certified board member with ScaleUpBoard, our new-school governance program.

There is a high demand for experienced board members who know what it takes to scale. A scale-up is not a large start-up: to grow from startup to a full fledged enterprise, a company needs to transform itself. Do you have what it takes to support a leadership team through this journey?

In ScaleUpBoard you will:

  • Build the skills toolbox you need to facilitate growth
  • Learn from an experienced network of faculty
  • Join a life-long community of peers

Join the next class, starting in September 2024 in Amsterdam.

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What the program looks like

When? September 26, 27 + October  11 + November 7, 8
Where? 5 days on-site in Amsterdam

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. 

In the program we experience the typical journey of a board member of an innovative venture that is going through the scale-up phase, characterized as highly eventful, uncertain and dynamic. 

The journey starts with understanding what you are getting into as a new board member. What will define success for the company? What are its challenges and opportunities? What is required to be a board member of a scale-up? What are the legal aspects and governance issues? 

The next step is to “demystify the growth engine”, i.e. to understand what will drive the value and impact growth, and how to optimize funding and investment schemes. This will lead to involvement with the business operations. Key topics for the board include understanding management biases, helping improve the quality of business decisions and setting remuneration and incentives. 

At the same time, you delve into the board’s role in building confidence in the CEO, thinking courageously, helping recognize opportunities and making strategic bets. Final, crucial topics include dealing with headwind, setting up proper business intelligence, receiving proper warning signals, acting on dilemmas/crises, and building resilience in the MT and organization.

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Alumni Board Matching Service

Your exclusive access to innovative ventures looking for certified ScaleUpBoard Members.

The Board Experts

Our faculty knows scale-up board dynamics in-and-out

We have certified 250+ board members,

many assuming roles at scale-ups

Alumni stories

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Alumni stories

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Alumni stories

Pieter Stor

Sacha MartinaCEO, Your Talent Agency

“Joining this program was the best thing I could do for myself, my (future) clients and also for the next generation scale-ups. In my opinion, it is still a political, difficult and non-inclusive ecosystem. I believe the only way to change that is by becoming disruptive!”

Francesca NardocciFreelance Organizational Coach

“Through ScaleUpBoard I’ve understood that being a board member is not about me or any members on the board! It’s all about the ventures’ people and ensuring their future growth by courageously fulfilling my duty that this honourable role entails.”

Michiel ReithDirector of Operations, GRRR Agency

“Generational and cultural differences between founders and the board inevitably leads to different needs in how to learn, understand and grow businesses. A suggestion for aspiring board members: follow the ScaleUpBoard program to meet and learn from experienced and future board members.”

Johan van MilManaging Partner, Peak Capital

“I really enjoyed taking part of the Board Program because it helps you to get better alignment with other investors and board members. As you do a lot of peer coaching, I got good insights into their motivation plus some good feedback on our own.”

Michael HilbFounder & CEO, DBP Group

“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 PrinsHead of Dealflow, Aqua Spark

“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. A board member needs to ask a lot of difficult questions, and I am now equipped to better articulate and direct those.”

Femke MarkusPartner, Spring Associates

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

Board with us on this journey

If you are an accomplished entrepreneur, investor, business advisor or

coach, join ScaleUpBoard now and scale your impact as a board member.

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When is the next program?

The next class is:

Fall 2024 (on-site)

September 26, 27 + October  11 + November 7, 8

Is the program in-person?

The Spring program and Fall/Winter programs will happen on-site in Amsterdam. 

In between all program days you will meet with your learning circle: a peer-to-peer session where you discuss a case topic to deepen your learning. These insights will be shared in plenary during the next session.

What is the participation fee?

The fee for the program is €7,500, exclusive VAT. It includes:

  • 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

How is the selection process?

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.