Ready To Scale: A new program helps start-ups and scale-ups scale

Start ups and scale ups are of great value to the economy, but only when they realize their growth ambitions. In order to support them, the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship Venture Lab, THE Start-Up Network and KplusV have set up the new Ready to Scale program. We help innovative companies with their biggest growth challenge: getting funded.

Ready to Scale is set up especially for innovative SMEs from North Holland and Flevoland. Over the next four years, we will work with them to scale their business. Via ACE Venture Lab and THE SUN - in collaboration with StartupAmsterdam - two hundred SMEs enter the program. We will work with these entrepreneurs on their 'investment readiness' so that they are able to acquire the needed funding for growth. This allows them to scale rapidly, create jobs and furthermore on strengthening the start up and scale up ecosystem.

Transparent Alternative Finance Market

For the development of Ready to Scale we have used the KplusV Ecosystem Canvas ©. With this approach, we determined what needs there are for innovative companies in North Holland and Flevoland. We discovered that many companies do not know which funding sources there are. Not only because the alternative finance market is diffuse and nontransparent, but also because SMEs are often not ready for investment yet. Therefore, we are setting up a funding database that gives them insights into the various possibilities. And we provide them with access to multiple media with tips and tricks from investors.

Route to Investment Readiness

If entrepreneurs have selected the a fitting funding source, we will make them investment ready. By filling in the Investment Readiness Canvas ©, we will define the parts of business that need extra attention. Our advisors or partners of the program will help to address these challenges. In addition, we actively introduce the SMEs to our extensive network of investors.

Want to know more?

Curious about the precise opportunity of Ready to Scale for your business? Our advisors Dwayne van der Klugt, Michiel Strijland or Tom van de Schoot are ready to help.