• Global Scale-up Program Overview


    The program allows you to develop the knowledge and entrepreneurial skills necessary for scaling-up a life sciences and medical devices venture. You start with a baseline assessment to determine your starting point as a venture compared with US and European competitors. Based on the outcome, you will get one-on-one mentoring to guide you with your decision-making on how to increase the value of your venture. This program is divided into three modules. It features lectures on Scaling-up your business and coaching by world-class entrepreneurs (Module 1), an US investment journey to Southern California (Module 2) and investor pitches, lectures and attendance to the leading life science conference in the Netherlands, Innovation for Health (Module 3).

    For whom

    • Ambitious entrepreneurs (CEO/CSO/CMO-level) and Business Developers of Life Sciences or medical device companies.
    • Also Investment Managers and Business Developers of regional development agencies are welcome to join.
    • The venture should be established, have received a first round of start-up investments, and be ready to start a market exploration in the United States and Europe to launch globally between 1 and 3 years.
    • Preferably, you register as a team and work together to scale-up your venture to the global launch. You can also register individually.
    • The program is supported by an actively involved global advisory board and mentors with a proven entrepreneurial track record.


    The Global Scale-up Program is modular in structure, allowing you to take the module(s) separately.

    • Module 1) Scale-up Business Development Life Sciences & Health
      15th of June  kick-off meeting in Apeldoorn and 25th of September 2018 at EY in Amsterdam
    • Module 2) Scale-up Entrepreneurial Marketing & Strategy
      25-31 October 2018: San Diego-Orange County-Los Angeles, the Unites States*
    • Module 3) Scale-up Entrepreneurial Finance & Leadership
      13-14 February 2019: Amsterdam & Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    *Certificate University of California

    The training program is integrated with of a global proven Executive business program “BIO BUSINESS ENTERPRISE Program” of the University of California. Your will gain a valued certificate and become part of an international business network in Southern California.

    Join the Alumni Entrepreneurial Network

    You will become part of a global entrepreneurial community that gives you access to regular opportunities to pitch and stay part of the network.

  • Module 1: Business Development Life Sciences & Health

    EY office, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 25th of September 2018.

    Program on the 25th of September 2018


    8:30 Welcome with tea and coffee
    9:00 Welcome & Introduction 
    Frank van de Manakker
    9:45 Business development
    Serial entrepreneur Tim Knotnerus
    11:30 Coffee break
    12:00 Global Scaling through M&A: BMEYE case
    Rob de Ree
    13:00 Lunch
    13.45 Scale-up Action Plan US
    Marianne van der Steen & Chrétien Herben
    14:15 Upscaling through Strategic Partnerships – Understanding the corporate perspective
    Panel: Rob de Ree + three other panel members to be announced.
    15:00 Entrepreneurial lab: Strategic partnerships & M&A strategy
    Mentors Rob de Ree, two specialists from EY, three other external expert entrepreneurs to be announced.
    17:00 Coffee break
    17:20 Preparations for the US program
    UCI Welcome to the US program!
    OCTANe preparations
    18:00 Towards a Successful Global Strategy
    Speaker to be announced
    19:00 Drinks and closing of the day
  • Module 2: Scale-up Entrepreneurial Marketing

    San Diego-Orange County-Los Angeles – 25-31th of October 2018

    US Venture Assessment & Investor Pitches 

    The program combines in-depth training and mentoring by serial entrepreneurs, marketing experts, and investors from the United States and Europe.

    The program is US- and Europe-based for teams who want  to be maximally prepared for their scaling-up. Scaling-up involves finding a next investor, scaling-up with a (corporate) partner, and finding the best entrance strategy to new markets. Mentors can guide you through this complex decision process and connect you with experienced experts around the globe. Our experts provide you with honest feedback to push you further.

    It is a unique combination of a global investment journey, training and mentoring that helps you truly learn in a pressure-cooker setting and apply your learning to your global business strategy.

    Participants will be able to pitch to US and European investors, develop adequate branding and marketing of the overall venture within a very short time. Your venture will get an in-depth US assessment in a personal and open atmosphere as a fertile ground to learn and make the right strategic choices for scaling-up.


  • Module 3: Scale-up Entrepreneurial Finance & Leadership

    Netherlands- February 2019

    Program to be announced.

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