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.
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 focussed events and offers game-changing networking opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Professor of Entrepreneurship
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.