All scaling companies are unique but they face similar challenges and risks. How founders manage and prepare for those risks is key to sustainable growth.
Having seen first-hand many of the issues that scaling businesses face, Highland Europe has conducted research to build a deeper understanding of both the challenges and opportunities. Building on the experiences of tech founders across Europe in areas like accessing and retaining talent, creating a strong culture, pivoting the business and evolving as their own roles change, we provide a unique window on what it takes to scale successfully.
During this conversation, we’ll explore this vital topic, drawing on the insights and perspectives of three entrepreneurial leaders.

Tony Zappala


Tony Zappalà is a General Partner of Highland Europe. He invests in growth-stage...

Gordon Willoughby


Gordon Willoughby is CEO of WeTransfer. He studied economics at the University...

Lea Lange

Founder & Managing Director

Lea has a B.A.Sc. in Finance and Accounting and an M.Sc. in International Management....

Ciara Byrne

Lapsed developer, tech journalist, product builder

Lapsed software developer, current tech journalist and wannabe data scientist,...


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