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Aalto Scale-up Academy

Overcome the scaling barriers and maximize growth 

All companies have their own unique scaling journey, but the challenges they face during that journey are somewhat similar. Depending on a company´s business environment, the challenges appear at different stages in the journey. Aalto Scale-up Academy focuses on identifying the company-specific scaling barriers and then providing the right tools to overcome the challenges.

Aalto Scale-up Academy is a 12-week program for Founders, CEOs, and members of the management team of growth companies. We use research-based methods together with a business-oriented point of view to analyze your company´s business environment in depth using 12 different vectors.

Our goal is to maximize scalability by identifying the company´s strengths and competitive advantages. With our team of mentors and instructors, you can achieve your future targets and manage to grow sustainably and profitably.

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Find the possibilities for growth and scaling up and get support for decision making

Think differently, commercialize, and apply business model innovation and agile ways of working

Lead a growing company from human, strategic, and entrepreneurial perspectives

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Dr. Shailendra Vyakarnam, Entrepreneurship Educator and co-writer of the best selling Scale-up Manual summarizes why scaling-up is so hard.

Program Benefits

Aalto Scale-up Academy is the step to take to get your company to the next level. Enroll two to three members of the company´s management team in the program and use the 12 weeks to develop your scaling strategy with the help of our trainers and mentors.

Identify where to target resources to maximize growth
Gain new tools and frameworks for scaling
Get inspiration and new ideas from experienced trainers and business mentors
Clarify your business strategy and optimize your business processes


  • Companies with ambition and a unique offering that are aiming to scale their business internationally 

  • Founders/ CEOs / key members of the management team of growth companies       

  • Businesses with a demonstrated product market fit and revenue typically between 2 and 10 M€

Contents and Schedule

The program themes and topics cover the most important vectors that scale-up companies need to focus on to grow successfully. During the four Tools for Scaling sessions you will learn about growth, company leadership, operational and financial management, and marketing and sales strategies.

Each theme includes concrete business examples, and workshops where you will start to develop your company in the light of the theme.

The program is delivered in two-day modules over a 12-week period. The sessions are interactive and include discussions and workshops. Company-specific mentoring sessions can be tailored to meet your own schedule.

Program Structure

Scale-up Analysis

Identify your company´s current state, set future targets, detect the scaling barriers and select a strategic target based on the allocation of resources

Tools for Scaling

Four two-day face-to-face sessions with Aalto Scale-up Academy trainers focusing on development of company´s processes and capabilities

Mentoring Process

Four private mentoring sessions with an Aalto Scale-up Academy mentor selected to support company´s unique scaling journey



Shailendra Vyakarnam

Shailendra Vyakarnam is the Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management.


Dr. Vyakarnam has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to governments and on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship education.

He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programs for SMEs over several years. From 2003 to 2015 he focused on the development of practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.

Dr. Vyakarnam is specialized in board room team development across industries, business growth strategies, mentoring early stage businesses. He is familiar with most industry sectors due to the long experience of working with businesses.

Dr Vyakarnam was awarded "Best Entrepreneurship Professor" at the 2nd Asian Business Schools Awards in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the prestigious European Academy of Science and Arts.

Gopal Rajguru

Gopal RajGuru is a sales, leadership, and innovation trainer and coach based in Geneva, Switzerland. His background is in top technology sales, marketing and management.

RajGuru is a Lecturer in the Federal Institute Of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, Executive MBA, in the Master’s of Technology program: ‘Managing And Executing Sales in an Entrepreneurial Business-to-Business Selling Environment’.

He ran the international expansion of WRQ, which is an American software company. He settled in the Netherlands to establish its European Headquarters. In addition, he set-up companies in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Dubai and Singapore. With a turnover of over $100 million, he combined direct key-account sales, and channel-based sales in more than 125 countries.

RajGuru’s teaching focuses on the presentation and implementation of pragmatic concepts, tools & methods, rather than pure academic studies.  As a seasoned, business leader & consultant, his motivation is to ensure that the objectives of a project or mandate are achieved, by measuring actions and accomplishments instead of generating volumes of paper. During his workshops, his goal is not only to teach, but also to help participants learn.

Gopal RajGuru has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington (USA).

Mikko Sandelin

Mikko Sandelin is Researcher at Aalto University School of Business.

His doctoral research focuses on management control systems from holistic perspective in order to understand effective combinations of financial planning, performance measurement and evaluation, rewarding, reporting lines, and cultural controls such as promotion, socialization, and training practices.

Sandelin helps organizations increase their responsiveness to changes in the operating environment by redesigning financial planning and measurement combinations, and by rethinking management through lean principles.

Riina Gröhn

Dr. Riina Gröhn specializes in developing leaders to increase their self-awareness and self-leadership skills, to understand what in their own leadership style can work for and against them, and to build emotional intelligence in leading others, especially during transformation and change.

She holds a Master’s of Science and Doctorate in the field of health and biosciences at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Helsinki, Institute of Biomedicine. In addition, she studied human resources management, leadership, mindfulness & positive psychology at Cornell University ILR School, Darden School of Business and the University of California, Berkeley.

She does leadership and career coaching, and she thrives by coaching individuals in self-discovery, navigating through change, career transformations, and to exceeding themselves.

She is also ICF certified coach (ACC), and Certified Profiler for Hogan and Kets De Vries Institute Personality and Leadership Assessments.

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