We are in formation
SCALE is a foundation (its establishment is still in progress) that operates globally and has the ambition to set up SCALE Chapters per continent: America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe to start with. Each continent is represented by a SCALE lead (a chapter liaison). The foundation has an overarching Steering Committee that is controlled by its members.
The steering committee is represented by a maximum of 8 city members. The aim is to have 2 cities per continent represented. Members of the committee are invited to set the agenda for the activities of SCALE. Reporting on a half yearly basis and deciding on strategy during the annual SCALE.CITIES event.
The foundation is delegating the strategy to the SCALE Executive Team. The Executive team is managed by a Chair who steers the portfolio teams, directs the Chapter leads, and manages the daily operations. SCALE Executive Team has three operational teams that provide the portfolio services:
1. Platform team – running website, creating and publishing content, updating StartupCity (best practices) handbook
2. SCALE.TOOL team – developing SCALE.TOOL framework, implementing self-assessment tool, performing assessment support, metrics support
3. Event organisation – Organising annual flagship event, study trips and coordinating smaller SCALE events during international tech events, organizing Peer workshops and coordinating webinars.
Membership Criteria and Pre-conditions — building a strong community
SCALE is a global, open network. Cities with the following characteristics ( criteria and preconditions) are invited to join:
1. Cities must have various elements of a startup ecosystem — meaning university/higher education, VCs, digital infrastructure, tech startups, incubators, corporates.
2. The representatives of the participating cities must be experts (on a certain topic) and/or work on the startup related topics. Ideally, a city has already an overarching program to strengthen the startup ecosystem. But in most situations SCALE.CITIES members are represented by civil servants from economic development departments, city investment agencies, Mayor’s offices or city marketing departments.
3. Cities are expected to actively participate in the activities of SCALE.CITIES. This includes contributing (pro-) actively by sharing insights and networks and attending SCALE meetings. It is allowed to have more city representatives who, in their daily work are active in the ‘StartupCity topics’, play a role in SCALE.CITIES.
4. Cities should be larger than 100K inhabitants