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!