Centre for Excellence in Scale-ups

The insight to power rapid growth

A unique community of founders and senior leaders of high-potential, high-growth scale-ups

Scale-ups face a number of specific challenges – from financing and recruitment to defining routes to market. But scaling up doesn’t have to be a process of trial and error. With the Centre for Excellence in Scale-ups, rapidly-growing organisations can learn from each other and benefit from our expertise.

The research centre supports young, high-potential ventures through a combination of networking, dialogue and research.


Join a powerful community

As part of the Centre for Excellence in Scale-ups, you belong to a network of more than 200 entrepreneurs from scale-ups with the potential and ambition to grow rapidly.

It’s a place where you can discuss issues freely and confidentially, share insights and influence research that will help you shape the future success of your scale-up. The centre’s community takes part in focused events and offers game-changing networking opportunities.


Research to power your company

This is a community that’s driven by furthering understanding and revealing critical insights into success factors. Every scale-up entrepreneur within the centre accesses insights that are relevant to their business needs.

A core part of this research is the Rising Star Monitor – a large-scale study that identifies the trends and challenges of scale-ups in Belgium. We also select a research focus each year. In the past, we’ve studied HR practices, governance and internationalisation. In addition, we monitor topics including founder remuneration, venture financing and growth ambitions.

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Network, explore, deepen your thinking

Access a unique community of scale-ups – and benefit from exchanging ideas and best practice. Events include full-day workshops, where groups of up to 20, carefully selected entrepreneurs exchange ideas and discuss the challenges facing scale-ups. Entrepreneurs can also submit specific questions to a panel of experts at the centre – and receive personal advice. Our annual Rising Star Monitor event also presents great opportunities to network.

Recent research

Rising Star Monitor

This large-scale annual study has its finger on the pulse of trends and challenges for young, high-potential ventures in Belgium. The Rising Star Monitor is the first and only research to give insight into questions including: How many people are there in founding teams? How do co-founders meet? How do founders split their equity? What agreements are there if founders leave the company or take on a different role? We also look in detail at the composition of remuneration. 


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Expert faculty

Veroniek Collewaert

Veroniek Collewaert

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Veroniek Collewaert explores – and improves – relationship dynamics between investors and entrepreneurs.

Sophie Manigart

Sophie Manigart

Professor of Corporate Finance

Sophie Manigart is an experienced teacher, researcher and advisor in entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity.


Join us

Every graduate of our Scale-up Masterclass automatically becomes a member of the centre. If you would like to join this unique community of entrepreneurs who are leading scale-ups, simply apply to join the programme. The programme is designed for fast-growing companies who want to make better decisions, create high-growth structure, hire top talent, expand internationally – and more.

And if you’d like to have even deeper influence on our research, you can also consider becoming a partner.

Get in touch

Veroniek Collewaert

Veroniek Collewaert

Professor of Entrepreneurship/Partner