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 198 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 2019, imec.istart was once again 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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"Imec has an exceptional acceleration program. It performs really well on our global benchmark, especially on access to funds and post-incubation performance indicators. This signifies that imec clients have better access to funds and a higher survival and growth rate than the global average. Imec pays a lot of attention to its client companies and engages its ecosystem. It provides exceptional coaching and mentoring services to its clients in a supportive entrepreneurial environment.”
Dhruv Bhatli, UBI Global
"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
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.
This year, we introduced our very own imec.istart awards. A big cheer for the winners of 2019:
- ONTOFORCE (World Domination award)
Global champion with strongest international growth.
- Twikit (Booming Team award)
Strongest team growth – number of employees
- NGRAVE (Next unicorn award)
Most promising active startup in our program voted by our mentors.
- Contento (Pay it Forward award)
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.