Supporting Amsterdam’s finest startups and scale-ups

Ready to Scale is a unique initiative designed by ACE Incubator, The Startup Network, entrepreneurs, investors and Amsterdam-based universities. Designed to boost the growth of Amsterdam’s finest startups and scale-ups, it is a hands-on programme that’s tailor-made to suit the needs and realities of entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses.

Raising revenue, FTE and funding

Since its launch in 2013, Ready to Scale has supported more than 2,000 startups and scale-ups. A selection of almost 250 of these then joined the group programme, received one-on-one coaching or took part in one of the trips to Silicon Valley. When they joined the programme, these companies had an average revenue of €430,000 and 7 FTE. Within the first three years after taking part in Ready to Scale,

  • their revenue increased by 27% year-over-year
  • they expanded their teams by 19% FTE
  • they received an average of €771,500 of funding

Teaching leadership skills and day-to-day routines

The Ready to Scale group programme includes lectures, presentations from experienced entrepreneurs, workshops for founders to apply new learnings directly to their own companies and coaching for evaluating their business strategy, focussing on themes such as execution, leadership, funding and growth. These components result in a successful mix of conveying the right habits and leadership skills and providing support with the day-to-day practice of scaling up.

Looking ahead

Ready to Scale will continue to support startups and scale-ups in their growth in 2021. For more information and announcements of new programmes, check

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