BRIDGING THE SCALEUP GAP
EUROPEAN SCALEUP INSTITUTE

Scaling and high-growth firms play a pivotal role in our economy as champions of innovation and job creation. Known for experimenting with new technologies, concepts and business models, startups are key to bring innovative value to the market. However, they can only maximise their impact once they manage to scale up. The unfortunate reality is that only a fraction of startups manage to scale up, especially in the European context. Scaling and high-growth firms also face a number of pertinent challenges as they transition from starting up, to growing up, to scaling up, and try to persist high-growth over time.

The European Scaleup Institute is a platform of academic experts and practitioners in Europe for scaleups, high-growth firms, governmental organisations and policymakers to address the scaleup gap.
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OUR MISSION
Enable Europe to become a leading global scaleup ecosystem

We’re working towards an integrated scaleup agenda. These are our objectives:

Inspiring European scaleups

Inspiring a wide audience of scaleups, with research insights, programmes and tools

Aligning knowledge

Working to standardise data and knowledge. Sharing and validating insight across borders.

Creating and sharing best practice

Creating and sharing best practice at company and ecosystem level.

Joint research initiatives

Setting up initiatives involving world-class European universities, business schools and professionals.

Faculty exchange programmes

Fostering faculty programmes. Sharing best practice for scaleup programmes and entrepreneurship education.

“Scaling up is not a challenge of an individual country or region. Effective policy and programmes start with knowledge and insights about the dynamics and differences within and between countries and regions to better understand how to support high-growth firms at a European-level”

Prof. dr. Justin Jansen
(Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

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OUR PARTNERS
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Vlerick

Vlerick Centre for Excellence in Scale-Ups

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

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ESSEC

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Nova School of Business & Economiocs (Nova SBE)

The Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute

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WHU

The Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation

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Esade

Scaleup & Growth Strategy Centre

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OUR PARTNERS
Vlerick Centre for Excellence in Scale-Ups

Vlerick

Vlerick’s scaleup centre launched in 2014 – and in the intervening years it has run programmes for more than 300 European scaleup companies. Our Scaleup Masterclass has been designed to help entrepreneurs overcome growing pains, and features learnings from entrepreneurs and academics across the world. On the research side, we publish both local and international practitioner-oriented reports that offer benchmarks for entrepreneurs. These include the Rising Star Monitor and the European Scaleup Report. Academically, we focus on funding sources including business angels, venture capital, crowdfunding, private equity and impact investing. We also explore early people issues including formation of the founding team, contracting and early employees. We’ve also developed many hands-on tools including:
• Growth Scan – which assesses maturity and readiness to grow
• Founding Team Checklist – which sets out the key people-related decisions that founders need to make
• Playbooks – which help founders to conquer growing pains with advice on everything from how to build and scale culture, through to performance and cash management

We support entrepreneurs from start-up to scaleup with the Vlerick Entrepreneurship Academy. This is a community that brings together entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey, helping them to address challenges at different phases of growth.

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Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the centre works with top academics and facilitators to foster entrepreneurial competencies and drive innovation. This is achieved through high-quality research and education – locally and globally. Our team of 35+ researchers and trainers and four full professors creates and shares knowledge to help organisations achieve sustainable, high growth – and societal impact. We empower students, entrepreneurs and professionals to discover and develop their entrepreneurial competencies and drive positive change for their communities. A large part of our research focuses on providing insights into start-up businesses, scaleup businesses and innovation ecosystems. These insights contribute to developing local, regional and international ecosystems. They also provide entrepreneurs with the tools to scale their ventures sustainably. A great example of this is our research into municipal and regional ecosystems. We also provide annual insights into the climate of Dutch high-growth firms through the ScaleUp Dashboard and the Top 250 Scaleup publications. And we’re involved in developing several scaleup and entrepreneurial leadership programmes, together with key industry and knowledge partners in the ecosystem.

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Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute

Nova SBE

The Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute is highly committed to changing the world by leveraging the potential of entrepreneurs. Either by supporting new businesses in all stages and/or developing entrepreneurial skills in students and professionals, and/or even by sharing knowledge on different entrepreneurial topics, trends and methodologies.

Our mission is to advance knowledge and empower entrepreneurial minds to best serve the world.

As well as helping new ventures, we also advance knowledge around scaleup companies and high-growth firms. We offer programmes that develop high-growth leadership teams and board members. We produce academic research into scaling up and thought leadership. We also act as a platform for connecting scaleup founders.

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Scaleup & Growth Strategy Centre

Esade

Part of the Esade Entrepreneurship Institute, we’re led by Prof Dimo Ringov, and we’re supported by an international network of leading researchers, doctoral students, managers and staff. We focus on scaling, growth, and internationalisation in both new and established businesses. Our mission is to provide thought leadership and best practice on scaleups, scaling and growth/internationalisation strategy. We achieve this through research, teaching, new venture ideation, creation and acceleration, knowledge sharing, and support for scaleup companies, fast-scaling businesses and ecosystems in Spain, Europe and the world.
Our key activities include:
• Running an accelerator programme for Spanish female entrepreneurs whose businesses are entering the scaleup stage
• Supporting a survey of scale-ups in the Barcelona metropolitan area
• Organising academic and practitioner conferences on scaling and scaleups
• Developing and delivering specialised courses on scaling for the Esade MBA, EMBA and executive education programmes

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The Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation

WHU

Our mission is to educate, inspire, and support the WHU community to foster impassioned, purposeful, ethical, and sustainable entrepreneurship. To do this, we provide an intellectual, virtual, and physical hub where people connect, ideas turn into action, and resources are allocated equitably. This builds a vibrant entrepreneurial future for students, alumni, and other ecosystem partners. The WHU Entrepreneurship Center delivers a wide range of academic and experiential learning activities including courses, workshops, training and practical programmes. This further establishes WHU as a comprehensive and connected hub in Germany’s vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem. We also coordinate the WHU Accelerator. This is an equity-free, seven-week, intensive programme for WHU students, alumni, and staff. In the first phase, mentors give founders feedback on their business models. The second phase focuses on product-market fit. And in the third phase, we concentrate on fundraising. The programme culminates in founders pitching to an audience of potential investors and guests.

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Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ESSEC

The "Leading a ScaleUp" Chair at ESSEC partners with the scale-up ecosystem to prepare high-growth and high impact professionals for roles within scale-up companies or a company that is within the scaleup ecosystem. These professionals learn the unique leadership competencies needed to lead within hyper-growth organizations. They learn how scale-ups grow organizationally and professionally to meet the agile demands of their growth, the market, and society at large. The “Leading a ScaleUp” Chair at ESSEC curates evidence-based practices through original research and consulting missions for the scale-up ecosystem. The Chair’s mission is supported by the following partners: Alcméon; Colonies; In Extenso Innovation Croissance as well as from the CY France 2030 initiative. Established: September 2022.

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DEDICATED TEAM OF
PROFESSIONALS
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Miguel Meuleman
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Veroniek Collewaert
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Yannick Dillen
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Leonardo Fuligni
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Nehir Yasar
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Dries Faems
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Euclides Major
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Dimo Ringov