Scale-up Nation

Thursday June 6th, the Dutch alumni were hosted by ScaleUpNation for an interesting event on the governance of scale-ups.

Founder Menno van Dijk (MBA’90) gave an overview of the rationale behind ScaleUpNation and how it aims to help scale-ups in the Netherlands succeed after which faculty member Hayat Chedid presented the latest insights on how board members could help scale-ups grow.

Then it was time for the alumni to get to work. After a warm-up exercise to get to know the other participants better, we dove into a board simulation. With the kind help of 4 great scale-up teams (Powerpeers, Squla, Leeruniek and Owlin) who presented actual issues in their companies the alumni roleplayed an actual board meeting, strategically coached by the ScaleUpNation team to increase the effectiveness of the interaction between board and scale-up management team. An excellent and fun learning experience in which the alumni could get a real feel for the typical issues in a scale-up. The discussions continued for quite some time during the closing drinks!

17th INSEAD Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference

For the 17th time, the annual Private Equity and Venture Capital conference will be held in Fontainebleau on the 24th of May. A gala dinner in Paris on the 23rd of May will be part of the conference

This year keynote speakers will be:
– Salim Nathoo, Head of Tech fund at Apax Partners
– Christophe De Vusser, Head of PE EMEA at Bain & Company
– Karen McCormick, CIO at Beringea
– Pål Ristvedt, Partner at Lexington Partners

Registration can be done via

A flyer is attached to this post with more information about the event.

On behalf of Michael Riga, one of the organizers: I hope to see you there!

The Ocean Cleanup and Dean Ilian Mihov at Deloitte

Another fantastic event last Thursday. Our hosts Deloitte organized a wonderful event with Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. In the interview on stage Boyan told us about his mission, ambition and the leadership challenges he experienced as a very young CEO of a big movement. Dean Ilian Mihov gave us an update about the progress of the Business as a Force for Good Campaign which is as much on fire as our Dean was on stage. Thank you all for being there and we hope to see you all May 7th at Eden McCallum!

INSEAD Alumni Women’s networking dinner

Never knew sleep had such a big impact on performance and that digital transformation is a lot of just down-to-earth common business sense. Great INSEAD Alumni women’s networking dinner with Alexandra Jankovich, managing partner and founder of SparkOptimus and Els van der Helm, Founder of Shleep!

INSEAD Alumni Startup Bootcamp

The INSEAD Alumni Startup Bootcamp
1-3 May 2019, Abu Dhabi

“Thinking about launching your venture? Or Do you want to know what a real life entrepreneurial journey is? Or maybe you are already an entrepreneur and you want to improve your pitch practice or find a team mate?”

The INSEAD Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) and the INSEAD Alumni Association UAE are pleased to bring to you the first INSEAD Alumni Startup Bootcamp course. The two days’ crash course is designed to give participants a condensed and intense entrepreneurial experience that spans ideation, business plan development and VC pitching.

The INSEAD Alumni Startup Bootcamp will take place on the INSEAD Middle East campus from 1 to 3 May 2019 from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

Join us for an intense and fast-paced 48-hours event that is reflective of a real life entrepreneurial journey. To register, please click the link below.

INSEAD Alumni Startup Bootcamp

INSEAD Lifelong learning

Be inspired, engage with fellow alumni and continue to develop and grow.

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, lifelong learning is essential for the sustained success and growth of our alumni so they can be a force for good in the world. INSEAD curates new impactful online and in-person learning experiences for alumni throughout the year, so watch this space via the link below!

INSEAD Lifelong Learning

Giving Dinner 2019

On Wednesday night the Dutch Alumni gathered in the Westergasfabriek for Giving Dinner, generously hosted by Shell. Celebrating the great results from the Giving Day campaign and thanking everyone for their generosity. Shell’s CFO Jessica Uhl told us about the Dutch skill of forging partnerships, Shell’s role to help this world become more sustainable and the transformation of Shell in that process. In Professor Shipilov’s lecture about Digitalization and Partnerships, we learned how uncommon partnerships drive real innovation. Many thanks to Shell for being our generous host this evening and we hope to see all of you at our next event!

Young Alumni Drinks

We had our latest Young Alumni Drinks last Tuesday. We welcomed the new classes that just arrived in the Netherlands. We also got lucky to get students from the current 19J class visiting as part of a company trek. It was great to see so many new faces and the energy from the new alumni. Thanks all who came and keep making this event a great one to reconnect.

Highlights of Private Equity 2018

On Tuesday February 12th IPEC organized the Highlights of Dutch Private Equity 2018. Allen & Overy kindly hosted the event and we were pleased with the large audience.
Two successful deals, which were exited in 2018, were presented. First, Ivo Lurvink from CVC, presented the story behind CVC’s investment in Stage Entertainment a deal they did alongside Joop van der Ende. We learned a lot on how to deal with an ambitious entrepreneur and how to create value in the entertainment industry.
Second, Gerritjan Eggenkamp from Avedon, presented the ins and outs of Avedon’s investment in vanRiet and especially we now all know the importance of the shoe sorter!
The evening had a good mix with companies operating in completely different industries and being of a different scale. We have already started brainstorming for a next event and hope to all see you there (again).