WA20 getting on the board

Getting on the Board of a Startup: How, and to do what?



29 January 2020


DKK 5.000 excl. VAT

Studies have shown that startups with strong mentors are 3 times more likely to be a top-performer. So should you become such a board member? If so, how can you maximize the value you add for startups?


With this module, you will gain the ability to:

  • Explain the benefits of a strong board member for a start-up
  • Get a good grasp on the responsibilities and perks of board membership
  • Clarify and communicate intentions and motivations
  • Spot a good match for start-up board membership
  • Assess a board's activities and impact
  • Hear best practices and tips from seasoned board members
  • Know where to go for additional resources and information 


Here are some of the questions this module will explore

  • Why board members matter for startups?
  • How is board membership different between a startup and an established company? 
  • What are the responsibilities of a startup board member?
  • What does it take to be an effective startup board member?
  • Do I need more training to be an effective startup board member, and if yes, what?
  • What alternatives to board membership are there if I want to help a startup?
  • How do I go about finding a startup and joining its board?
  • How should I negotiate my board membership?

The module will address the stated questions and provide some insights to inspire you.


  • Mentors
  • Investors
  • Researchers
  • Industry experts
  • Corporate intrapreneurs
  • Experienced managers


JesJes Broeng Jes Broeng is serial high-tech entrepreneur, photonics scientist and professor and director of DTU Entrepreneurship. He has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from DTU and is author and co-author of more than 250 publications, 1 textbook, and 22 patents. Jes Broeng’s research interests include business and leadership areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer. Since 2017, he has headed the national initiative "Open Entrepreneurship" in a collaboration between DTU, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the IT University of Copenhagen for improved tech transfer models (funded by the Danish Industry Foundation). He is a mentor to multiple start-ups and a member of the Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME).

Practical Info

DKK 5.000 excl. VAT
Incl. teaching material and lunch

29 January 2020

8:30 – 16:30


DTU Learn for Life
Building 421
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Please don't hesitate to contact
Program Director
Ellen Als
(+45) 4030 3117

25 MAY 2020