3rd Silicon Beach Conference
1 Feb - 3 Feb 2017
Session six: Scaling up – growing the business and preparing for an exit, From start-up to scale-up.
Friday 3 February (0930 - 1045)
North American Regional Forum
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.