Imec.istart supports nine new startups and goes international

LEUVEN, September 16, 2019Imec, the world's leading research and innovation hub in the field of nanoelectronics and digital technology, today announces that nine new tech startups have been selected for the imec.istart accelerator program. In addition to a pre-seed funding of 50,000 euros, they will receive one year of tailor-made coaching for their specific market, in order to make the transition to the market easier. The rising trend in the number of promising international start-ups applying is also continuing. The admission into the program often goes hand in hand with a office opening in Flanders for these young companies, which has a positive impact on job creation, productivity and economic growth for our region.

The new startups bring very different products to the market, ranging from an ingenious tool to ensure that meetings run smoothly and efficiently (JUCE +), a smart method for developing biomarkers that detects and treats diseases such as cancers, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's faster and more accurately (ProteoFormiX), a voicebot to playfully master a language (LiNGUiNEO), a solution to set up fast and cheap satellite communication in remote areas (KUUB³), a smart waste management solution for cities and municipalities (BrighterBins ), to a middleware solution that makes plug and play blockchain integrations possible (Arkane).

The international newcomers are LevelUP Sports, Firmalyzer and Asylia Diagnostics. They focus on - respectively - an app for sports coaches to better visualize and analyze matches; an innovative platform to detect the safety risks of IoT devices; and a digital platform that helps doctors choose the right cancer therapy for a patient.

Sven De Cleyn, program manager imec.istart: “The entry of international start-ups shows that imec.istart is also on the map abroad as a credible business acceleration program. Our international network - which we can count on thanks to imec - is certainly an important asset here. It gives our start-ups access to and insight into international markets, legislation, etc. ... important expertise that helps them to break through internationally. ”

Entrepreneurs who are also interested in participating in the imec.istart accelerator program can submit their application until 1 October. More info on this link

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Hanne Degans
press communications manager - imec
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About imec.istart

Imec.istart – imec’s business accelerator – wants to help tech startups launch their business idea successfully.  The imec.istart program offers a broad range of services such as initial financial injection (50,000 EUR pre-seed funding), industry vertical specific coaching and mentoring, access to technology and working facilities, access to a broad (inter)national network of partners and investors and more. Since its launch in 2011, imec.istart helped more than 185 tech start-ups in diverse fields to develop into sustainable ventures. ​

imec.istart is ranked 1st in the European ‘Top University Business Accelerators' by UBI Global ​

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