Scale your impact

as a board member

Become a certified board member with ScaleUpBoard

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 a team of about 15 to a scale-up of 100+ employees, 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 February 2022 in Amsterdam.

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What the program looks like

1. What are you getting into?

  • The art of scaling: success factors and failures.
  • Know what you don’t know: What are your blind spots?
  • Having impact as a scale-up board member.
  • Grasp the formal and informal responsibilities of being a board member.

February 10, Thursday
9:00 – 17:00 [on-site]

2. Is your scale-up really a scale-up?

  • Board dynamics & effectiveness: How do you create value?
  • Hard & soft controls: Stimulate the CEO and align with the team.

February 11, Friday
10:00 – 16:00 [online]

3. Too much to handle?

  • Ambidextrous leadership: Balancing internal vs. external, and the details vs. the bigger picture.
  • How do you ask the right questions in terms of strategy and growth? Never waste a good crisis.
  • Build confidence in the CEO to think courageously, and professionalize the leadership of a scale-up. Challenge the conventions.

March 11, Friday
10:00 – 16:00 [online]

4. What is your next leap?

  • Financing for growth: How to plan and phase the next funding round(s)?
  • Help recognize opportunities and make strategic bets.
  • Understand board roles across the three horizons of growth.

March 31, Thursday
10:00 – 16:00 [online]

5. Are you fit for purpose?

  • Board Assessment: Are you up for it?
  • Acting on dilemmas and crises.
  • Resilience. Provide a mirror on leadership effectiveness.

April 1, Friday
10:00 – 16:00 [on-site]

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The Board Experts

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

We have certified 165+ board members,

many assuming roles at scale-ups

Alumni stories

Niek Veendrick

Alumni stories

Marjolein Boer

Alumni stories

Michiel Reith

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.


Get in touch with Jacqueline:

Jacqueline van der Heijden

+31 6 55212519

When is the next program?

The next classes kick off in 2022:

Class 10 (online + offline)

February 10, 11 + March 11, 31 + April 1

Class 11 (on-site)

April 21, 22 + May 27 + June 16, 17

Class 12 (online + on-site)

September 15, 16 + October 7 + November 3, 4

Class 13 (on-site)

October 13, 14 + November 11 + December 1, 2

Is the program in-person?

The early Spring and Fall program (class 10 & 12) will be blended, i.e. the 1st and 5th day are in person, and days 2, 3 and 4 are online sessions.

The late Spring and Fall program (class 11 & 13) 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 blended program (online and offline) is €4,950 and for the live version is €5,750, 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.