Session details

3rd Silicon Beach Conference

1 Feb - 3 Feb 2017

Session information

Session six: Scaling up – growing the business and preparing for an exit, From start-up to scale-up.


North American Regional Forum (Lead)


Scale-up is one of the most challenging stages in the life-cycle of a company. In particular for technology companies and for disruptive business models, scale-up stage kicks in very quickly and increasingly early. Scale-up involves the use of more resources (money, people, infrastructure), a substantial or even dramatic acceleration of cash-burn and the need to efficiently manage such resources. The challenges of scale-up are the top cause of failure for companies that survive the start-up stage. In this highly interactive session, entrepreneurs and legal practitioners from the US and Europe will discuss the challenges of scale-up, their own successes and failures, and set up a roadmap for guiding entrepreneurs through the scale-up stage.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Marco Rizzi Bratschi Ltd, Zürich, Switzerland; Conference Coordinator, Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee
Cameron Taylor Membership Officer, Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee


Dan Beldy Refinery Ventures, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Martin Imhof Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Düsseldorf, Germany