WA20 getting on the board

Getting on the Board of a Startup

DTU's Executive MBA, Master in Management of Technology, is more than an education, it's a journey. Choosing to sign up and spend 21 months at school, while still working, is a big decision. To help you make this decision we are offering a unique opportunity to join an Executive MBA class for a day. We call this opportunity an eMBA-Tryout.

These days give you the opportunity to get a feel for the school, check out the auditorium, and meet our professors and staff while experiencing top-level teaching and starting new friendships.



20 February 2020 from 8:30 – 16:00

Getting on the Board of a Startup

How, and to do what?

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


With this module, you will get insights into:

  • 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 these questions and provide some insights to inspire you.

MBA tryout Jes 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).

Thomas J. Howard Thomas J. Howard is an Associate Professor in Engineering Design, with research specialization in Design for Quality and Robustness. In 2014 Thomas won the DTU Innovation prize for his approaches and teaching related to Technology Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation. Thomas is now the CTO of spin-out company MASH Biotech ApS and runs a large innovation network and ecosystem around technology entrepreneurship. In 2013 he became the youngest elected member of the Design Society Advisory Board and holds a position as visiting faculty at UC Berkeley and Distinguished chair at CETYS University.


DTU Learn for Life
Building 421 Entrance C
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

* If you, for whatever reason, are unable to participate in the MBA-Tryout session, you are welcome to send a colleague instead, but please remember to send us a cancellation e-mail: parbs@dtu.dk

Please note there will be a no show fee of 500 kr. 

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Thu 20 Feb 20
8:30 - 16:00



DTU Learn for Life
Building 421 Entrance C
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

19 JANUARY 2021