On Friday November 16th 2018 CVN organized a meeting at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The theme of this event was “Scale-ups”. Starting a company is hard but scaling a company is even harder. A scale-up is defined as a company with at least 10 employees that has grown by at least 20 per cent per year over a three-year period (OECD, 2007). Why do some startups develop into scale-ups and others not? Which factors are indicative of successful fast-growing organizations and which barriers of expansion exist? How to finance growth How to survive the antibodies of the corporate mother as an internal scale-up?
During this CVN event two scale-ups (IME Medical Electrospinning and Utomik) and an Corporate scale-up told about their journey and learnings. Also, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship presented results of their research on scale-ups. These stories wereinput for round table sessions to discuss and learn more about how to develop successful scale-ups.