Driving entrepreneurial and innovative enterprises
Start a professional career as a board member. DTU Board Education combines solid, academic research with first-hand experience from top business executives and board experts, and provides you with knowledge and key skills to increase your leadership competencies.
They say practice makes perfect, join DTU Board Education and get a chance to practice your board room skills with long time board members.
A good board education teaches you how to contribute to a company using your own knowledge. It teaches you how to review a strategy, how to ask the right questions and how to strengthen the weak points.Lars Kolind
Experienced Board Member and Chairman
DTU Board Education Executive Lecturer
An alumna’s perspective
Alumni Anne Merete Skov Pedersen and Anders Damgaard share their experiences with DTU Board Education. How does a board function and do you get the tools needed to take a position in a board?
The programme provides you with a broad understanding of the key responsibilities of a board member, an insight into the board room as well as start-up world, and live case training.
You will be working with:
- Personal board leadership: Focus on your leadership competencies through personal development and feedback sessions
- Real-life cases: Practise your skills on real-life cases from start-ups, scaleups, SMEs, and future unicorns
- Board position-matching: You will get an interview with a start-up for a potential board position
- Executive network: Engage with DTU start-up and scale-up ecosystem, investors, business angels, board members and business leaders
- Executive sessions: Be inspired by experienced board members
- Executive feedback: Sparring and evaluation from experienced board members
Having a board is good for many things – but in my opinion as a founder – the three most valuable benefits are: safety, structure and sparring.Hanne Jarmer
CEO & Founder of Go Dogo
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What to expect from this programme
Hear what you can expect from DTU Board Education and who you will get to meet and interact with during the programme.
The programme’s impact approach is based on 3 fundamental pillars:
- Board work: We apply the latest research results about board leadership in start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs into real board work during the programme
- Board basics: Get the knowledge of board basics such as core governance, legal responsibilities, innovation, and leadership
- Board Ecosystem: Meet board executives, investors and go to a board position interview to figure out where you will add most value
Action-based learning in actual board meetings
The education is founded on action-based learning, as we believe that lasting learning occurs when knowledge is applied to projects in collaboration with peers and key stakeholders.
Therefore, the programme is a mix of lectures, teamwork, live board work sessions, coaching, feedback and dialogue with board start-up founders, executives, investors, experts, and DTU professors.
A board member’s perspective
Sophie Bech, Board Chairman and Business Angle, explains what you will gain from clarifying your board competencies, what it take to be a board chair, and what makes a great board – in her opinion
Educational focus areas
The structure of this programme ensures that theories and methods are applicable in practice. The programme provides you with a broad understanding of the key responsibilities of a board member, an insight into the board room as well as start-up world, and live case training.
Technology intensive start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs operate fundamentally differently from corporates which are not R&D intensive or operate in slow moving and low margin industries. An effective board must be able to bring the professionalism and connections of an established company and at the same time respect and understand the dynamic culture of a start-up company.
DTU Board Education is an intensive education focusing on board governance, leadership, tech and entrepreneurship. It provides a solid foundation in core governance concepts that are essential to leading a board. The emphasis is on acquiring the skills and methods suitable for decision-making in a variety of contexts that a board can operate in.
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Practical board leadership training
vides board leadership training through collaboration with DTU X-Tech. Participants will act as board members to a potential startup in the idea development phase and will meet their team for four 1-2 hour sessions. In addition, they will also attend three 1-hour 1:1 sessions focused solely on the board leadership development with executive coaches.
DTU Board Education is designed for potential board members who want to sit on boards of start-ups, scale-ups and small to medium sized enterprises.
- Business angels
- Business developers
- Entrepreneurial driven individuals
- Experienced professionals looking to start a board career or wanting to further develop their board leadership skills
Board membership is all about helping the company navigate that very narrow path between opportunity and risk.Shomit Ghose
Executive speaker and Silicon Valley Investor
Fees and registration
Fee: DKK 69,990
The fee includes live cases, sparring with experienced board members, networking events, startup board position matching, catering and all materials.
To register for the programme please fill out the registration form.
Send an e-mail to Anne M. Horsager, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get on the waitlist for the next class starting in September 2022.
We have two intakes a year, in February and September. Dates for the class starting in February 2023 will be updated as soon as they are available.
Dates for Class #4 starting in September 2022:
September: 7/8 + 28/29
October: 5/6 + 27
November: 2/3 + 16/17 + 30
The DTU Board Education is composed of:
11 onsite sessions from 9-17
1 onsite session from 9-18
1 onsite session from 9-21
1 virtual session from 15-19
3 x 1 hour personal sessions
Please note that teaching days on DTU Campus in Kgs. Lyngby are on Wednesday and Thursdays.
The teaching and case sessions in groups and plenary are facilitated by DTU Center for Entrepreneurship professors, experienced board members and advisors from the industry. We name these ‘Industry fellows’.
Case companies and contributers
- Adaptum Partners
- ADVA Light
- Dan Speech
- DTU Skylab
- DTU X-Tech
- FOM Technologies
- Go Dogo
- IT Kartellet
- Kleen Hub
- Buisness Kvinder
- Mash Biotech
- IIH Nordic
- Nordic Female Founders
- Onset Ventures
- Tempty Foods
- PreSeed Ventures
- Too Good To Go
- Urban Wine Box
- Utilis Consult
- Vessel Performance Solutions
DTU Board Education is more than an education; it’s a journey. To help you get a feel of what the programme is like, we offer a variety of events, including masterclasses, information meetings and webinars.
DTU Executive Educations hosts a number of events throughout the year to give our alumni and potential participants an opportunity to explore a focused topic in depth.See events
Meet our alumni
Every year two classes graduate from DTU Board Education. Find out what our alumni think about their studies and what they gained from participating in the programme.
Curious to see more?
Visit our YouTube channel to view more videos about how to become a succesful board member, what you will gain from the education and what to expect – both seen from our alumnus and faculty’s perspective.
In the media
DTU Board Education is often featured in specialized magazines as well as in several outlets of the digital landscape. Here you can see some of our recent apparitions in the Danish media.