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Mini evaluation of the Nordic Scalers pilot

The two-year Nordic Scalers pilot came to an end in 2019. Here are the key learnings from the scale-up initiative.
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The Nordic Scalers pilot have been evaluated by 4Front and The Evidence Network. The actors were selected through an open call for tenders. The evaluation focuses on the two pilot years of operation of Nordic Scalers program (2017–2019). The main purpose was to evaluate the relevance, appropriateness and Nordic added value of the program. Furthermore, the goal was to identify key lessons learnt and recommendations for the future development of the program.

Content of the Nordic Scalers evaluation

What do we know on scale-ups and scale-up support programs?

This chapter briefly describes the main findings from the literature review, conducted by The Evidence Network. The full review is published as a separate appendix to the main report and can be found here.

The Nordic Scalers program

The purpose of the Nordic Scalers program is to help the ‘best-of-the-best’ Nordic companies in the scale-up phase to prepare and accelerate their next stages of growth through access to competence building. The main long-term goals of the program are:

  • Test and pilot new tools and services at the Nordic level to improve scale-up companies' access to relevant skills, competences, networks and funding opportunities
  • Raise awareness about the importance of scale-ups in the Nordic region
  • Contribute to a scale-up community building at the Nordic level
  • Contribute to branding Nordics globally as a leading scale-up hub
  • Contribute to shared learning among key stakeholders, both public and private

Evaluation findings

This chapter describes the main findings of the evaluation, structured into three sub-sections:
(1) the program relevance; (2) program content and implementation; and (3) impact on companies and broader ecosystem.

Conclusion and recommendations

The last chapter focuses on the added value for participating companies, the challenges of the business model, recruitment and recommendations.

The evaluation is carried out by 4Front.


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Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

Senior Innovation Adviser
Anna-Maija is a finance and business development professional with 20 years’ of experience in identifying innovations and scalable business models in various industries in international context with execution capability, a can-do-attitude, holistic perspective and passion to build on Nordic strongholds.

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Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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