ScaleUpNation supports young, innovative ventures with potential for large societal impact to scale. Social challenges are at the same time opportunities for innovative enterprise. For instance, in Food & Agriculture, Sustainable Energy, and Health-tech. Many new businesses are started but only very few are able to scale. And only those that scale really move the needle in terms of impact and value creation.

Our experience and research show that scaling is an art, not a mechanistic formula. Scale-ups operate in a volatile, uncertain world and are entrepreneurial by nature. They engage in risk-taking and depend on good fortune. Scaling is organic, interconnected and symbiotic. Still, we believe scale-up practices can be distilled, explored and shared, to increase the probability of scale-up success. In doing so, we aim to make the Netherlands a scale-up nation. The ScaleUpNation approach combines research with practice, support programs with digital tools, and mentoring and coaching with growth capital. We support our ventures with 3 pillars: ScaleUpLab, ScaleUpPractice, and ScaleUpInvest.

About ScaleUpFood

ScaleUpFood is a new initiative from ScaleUpNation, in which we work together with Rabobank and Foodvalley2030 to support innovative, fast growing companies in the Food&Agri sector to improve their scaling abilities to accelerate the scaling journey. Scaling is difficult, but scaling in Food&Agri is often even harder. Successful ventures in F&A face  significant challenges like capital intensive development and production,  slow and complicated regulatory environment, long sales cycles and fierce competition and vested interests from incumbents. ScaleUpFood is led by Anieke Wierenga, former Innovation and strategy leader at Corbion and Unilever. The ScaleUpFood Research program is sponsored and supported by Rabobank, and will be carried out in close collaboration with ScaleUpLab. The first Food&Agri ScaleUp Program is scheduled for Q4 2019.


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