Dates | 26 January and 1 March 2024
Time | 09:00 - 17: 00 (26/1/2024) and 9:00-20:00 (1/3/2024)
Location | Rosarium, Amsterdam
Costs| €1700,-  exempt VAT

The role of a VC board member: the challenge of diversified interest

This is a unique board training you won't get elsewhere! Want to know why? Read a short interview with one of our speakers, Patrick Polak, here.

In this training you will learn how to build an effective board. Specifically, we take a closer look at consciously dealing with shareholder and supervisory board interests: on the one hand, shareholders strive for value creation, while board members collectively have to help management to achieve set goals and strive for what is best for the company. In this training you will work on the topics and the challenges and possible conflicts from this dual role on the basis of a case.

Patrick Polak – co-founder and managing partner of Newion Partners
Maaike Strack van Schijndel – partner BusinessBuddy
Mercedes Tuin – investment manager Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij
Silva Dezelan - Head of Impact and ESG at Forbion 
Nathalie van Woerkom – Partner, attorney at AKD
Dorus Olgers – Principal at Newion Partners

You will learn from a VC perspective:
•    What the challenges are of startups and scaleups
•    Per challenge, what you can do, from what role, how, what you should take into account and what can go wrong
•    How a board is composed
•    The formal responsibilities of a board member 
•    Who the stakeholders are and what drives them
•    How to manage diverse or competing interests
•    Shaping you role in the board

Any other specific learning objectives that you might have will be taken into account.

Training content
Based on theory, exercises, a case and conversations with our experienced speakers, we go into depth on the following topics:
•       Formal duties and responsibilities
•       Stakeholders, interests and your role
•       Challenges of startups and scale-ups
You will receive theory on all components, you will practice in groups, and you will practice on your own between the training days to reflect on your own role and contribution.

For whom?
Our members and specifically the investment professionals who are new or prospective non-executive board members and observers. Commitment of the fund is necessary as part of the program is to attend board meetings. 

Practical information
Dates: January 26 and March 1 2024
Group size: Maximum 15 participants
Location: Rosarium
Costs: €1700,-

Please find the program here

For more information, please contact the NVP Academy by e-mail ( or call +31 (0)20 571 22 70.

Note: this training is part of the NVP Certified trajectory.

As our course participants often work in international firms, the language in which the course is determined by the registrations. We offer courses in Dutch and English. This course will be in English.