Looking to expand in the US? Then this might just be the program for you! The Scale up program US for cleantech companies will support companies throughout their scaling process: from understanding the market and developing/strengthening a proposition, to preparing a pitch that is tailored to the US market, working with a mentor to understand do’s and don’ts, and finally a 3-day visit to Boston to meet potential partners or customers.

The program will be spread over a few months so companies save sufficient time to develop their proposition and will therefore partly take place online. 

Who should participate in this program?

  • Your company already has (some) traction on the US market and/or sufficient experience in foreign European markets.
  • Your growth strategy includes scaling to the US significantly in the next 3 years. This also means having committed significant resources to this process.
  • You are a scale-up company looking to expand your business to the US
  • You have at least two employees available to participate in the program, one of which is in a management position. You have on average 3 hours per week available to invest in this program between November 2022 and March 2023.

Program information

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Kick-off meeting (live)3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet the other participants, coordinators and trainers. We'll go into the program and answer any questions you may still have. We end with drinks to get to know each other better!

Friday, November 18, 2022
Understand market structure & opportunities – Session 1 (online)2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We start with an introduction to the climate tech ecosystem in Massachusetts. Then we dive into what information should you gather to map the market structure of your niche market and identify the opportunities. And where to look for that information?

  • Homework: Map company specific market structures and opportunities & engage in a short individual feedback session with Action Innovation Network. Make sure to map all market structures and opportunities you deem relevant and see if you have any remaining questions. This input will serve for session 2.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Understand market structure & opportunities – Session 2 + Meet your individual mentor (live)2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Validate your findings with sector experts during an online round table and in individual breakouts. 

We will also use this session to introduce you to your individual mentor. Your mentor will help you throughout the program and is selected based on your niche sector and needs.

With the support of local experts

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Develop a strong(er) proposition for the US market (t.b.d. live or online) 

Taking your analysis of the market structures and opportunities, we discuss how to build a proposition for a new market, where to begin and how to validate. We go into specifics for the US and cleantech market and hear from other founders how they have drafted their proposition.

Homework: finalize your proposition

With the support of Dutch BaseCamp t.b.c.

Monday, January 2, 2023
Intake with matchmaker (online) 

45 min per company. The exact time and date will be individually scheduled.

This is the starting point for the matchmaker to look for partners/clients for your company in the US market. The sessions in November and December should have allowed you to further specify who you would like to meet. This is the time to go into that with the matchmaker so she can start looking for the right people for you to meet in March!

With the support of Action Innovation Network.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Pitch training: how to design a great 3-5 minute pitch to use when you go into your March meetings? (online)2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn all the ins and outs of pitching for an American audience.

With the support of Best 3 Minutes.

Monday, February 13, 2023
Individual pitch support (online) 

1 individual hour per company

Sit down for a 60-minute online session with our pitch coach to put what you learned in the pitch training to practice and design a perfect pitch for your solution.

With the support of Best 3 Minutes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Meeting partners & clients during a 3-day visit to Boston 

Day 1 (28-3): Introduction day - half day programming. Get to know the ecosystem, round tables with local stakeholders.

 

Day 2 (29-3) and day 3 (30-3): individual meetings with potential clients and partners & closing pitch event. About 6 meetings per company will be set up. Pitch event for the local ecosystem.

Optionally visiting Building Energy Boston March 27-29

Practical Information

Costs for participating

The costs for participating in this program are €1500 euros (excluding VAT) per company. Excl. flights and hotels in Boston.

 

Registration process

Register before October 3rd. After the registration deadline the organizing parties will review all registrations and select 5 companies based on:

  • Their readiness to enter the US market
  • The fit between the company goals for the program and what we and our partners can deliver to the company
  • Selecting 5 companies that are in the same stage of scaling, which will facilitate making the program as valuable as possible for everyone. 

Registered companies will receive feedback on their application by 10 October. 

 

Cancellation policy

By registering on this website you commit to participating in the program in case you are selected. If you, as a company, cancel your participation in a later stage the full cost price of the program (€6.000 per company) will be charged. 

COVID-19

In the organization and implementation of this mission, we take into account all applicable rules and restrictions regarding Covid-19 of the Dutch, US government and our US hosts.

Due to the COVID-19 developments, there is a risk that the visit to Boston cannot take place on the stated date. If this is the case, we will inform you as soon as possible and the visit will be rescheduled.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Anne de Vries or Mart Duitemeijer

Ms Anne de Vries
Senior Project Manager Energy & Circularity
InnovationQuarter
+31 6 22546065
Anne de Vries
Mr Mart Duitemeijer
Innovatie Attache
Netherlands Innovation Network
+1 202-615-7168
Mart Duitemeijer

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