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Looking to expand into Europe? The imec.scale-ups program supports innovative tech scale-ups that want to break into the European market.

For Whom

The imec.scale-ups program targets ambitious tech scale-ups that have already gained sufficient traction in their home market and are ready to tackle the European market.

About imec.scale-ups

Europe is an attractive market for tech scale-ups interested in expanding abroad, but the internationalization process can prove to be quite a challenge. When entering a new market, many scale-ups struggle because they do not have access to a local network, lack market knowledge or are unfamiliar with EU business culture and legal requirements. Imec.scale-ups offers an intensive 8-week program – including mentoring, coaching, workshops, networking opportunities, practical support, etc. – to address these typical pitfalls.

Understanding your new target market is essential. That’s why – in addition to personal coaching and mentoring by our experts – we offer specialized workshops on topics such as EU business culture, tax and legal requirements, privacy regulations, local funding opportunities, etc.

By participating in the program, you will become part of imec’s unique ecosystem. This has two main advantages: first of all, you get easy access to an extensive network of potential partners, investors, or clients. Secondly, we also have a wide variety of in-house expertise and technological know-how that could help you further enhance your competitive edge.

The program is located in Belgium. With its central location in the heart of Europe, this small country is an ideal test market and gateway to the rest of Europe.


The imec.scale-ups program is organized in close collaboration with and with the support of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). Thanks to this partnership, we can offer a very complete support program that accelerates your internationalization process.

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.