Common Challenges of Scaling Up

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Common Challenges of Scaling Up


Common Challenges of Scaling Up – John Courtney

Discussing the common challenges of scaling up around business strategy, business growth, strategic funding and planning for exit.

About John Courtney

John Courtney is Founder and CEO of which provides part-time Executive Directors (Finance/Marketing/Sales/Operations/Managing Directors) plus Non-Executive Directors to SMEs without either a recruitment fee or a long term contract.

John is a serial entrepreneur, having founded 7 different businesses over a 40 year period, including a digital marketing agency, corporate finance and management consultancy. He has trained and worked as a strategy consultant, raised funding through Angels, VCs and crowd funding, and exited businesses via MBO, MBI and trade sale. He has been ranked #30 in CityAM’s list of UK Entrepreneurs.

John has been a Non-Executive Director/Board Advisor of 5 early stage businesses in London, Sydney and Bristol. He has also been Mentor at Microsoft Accelerator, Pitch@Palace, Techstars and SETsquared and was on the Advisory Board for Oracle’s Accelerator. John was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by techSPARK for his work with Scale-Ups and has been a Judge at National Business Awards, Amazon Scale-Up Awards and many others.