The first investor and supporting partner to scale your tech startup, ranked the no.1 university-linked accelerator in Europe by UBI Global.

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About imec.istart

Does your tech start-up need support during its early development phase?

Imec.istart – imec’s business accelerator – is there to help you launch your business idea successfully! The imec.istart program offers an initial financial injection (50,000 EUR pre-seed funding), professional coaching and mentoring, access to technology and working facilities, and access to a broad network of partners and investors.

Next to general support, you can also apply to a specific vertical, to benefit from the best market-specific coaching, and to receive additional investment.

Since its launch in 2011, imec.istart helped more than 150 tech start-ups in diverse fields – ranging from multimedia and logistics to the healthcare sector – to develop into sustainable ventures.

These successful results have not been overlooked by the international community: in 2018, imec.istart was granted first place in the European ‘Top University Business Accelerators' ranking by UBI Global and was ranked fourth best in the world!

Has this triggered your interest? Find out more about the imec.istart program.

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Download the complete imec.istart Manual (including all details on the program and evaluation criteria)

"As a tech startup, you need to be in the imec.istart program! Aside from the pre-seed funding, the support from your personal coach and the access to an amazing network of people is invaluable and will help you not only during the duration of the platform, but even long beyond that!"

Thomas Vanhove, Tengu

Get in touch with Sven De Cleyn


Sven De Cleyn

Director imec.istart

Are you interested in working with imec? Imec.istart director Sven De Cleyn will be happy to answer your questions and provide you all the required information. 

imec.istart Awards

This year, we introduced our very own imec.istart awards. A big cheer for the winners of 2019:


Global champion with strongest international growth.

Strongest team growth – number of employees

  • NGRAVE   (Next unicorn award)

Most promising active startup in our program voted by our mentors.

Most helpful startup based on their efforts in supporting other startups.


Thanks to all of our startups, mentors and program partners for making our imec.istart community BBQ at Plein Publiek a huge success!
Do you want to revive the BBQ atmosphere? Check out the photos   here

Our startups are looking for talent!

Working at a startup is an adventure where bright people build a bright future. You could be one of these builders. Whether you are an engineer, marketeer or student, our start-ups need a versatile group of people to help create positive change. Are you their new co-founder, employee, or intern?  Find opportunities or submit your CV.

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