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imec.istart is the first investor and supporting partner that helps tech startups scale up.

imec.istart is an initiative of imec and partners. The imec.istart program offers a wide range of services, such as initial financial injection (50,000 to 250,000 EUR pre-seed funding), personal coaching and mentoring access to technology and office facilities, access to a broad (inter)national network of partners and investors and much more. network of partners and investors and much more. Since its launch in 2011, imec.istart more than 235 tech startups in different fields to develop into sustainable businesses.

Imec.istart is ranked 1st in the European 'Top University Business Accelerators' by UBI Global. Startups interested in participating in the 12-month imec.istart acceleration program, can submit their application during our Open Call months (September, January and May) via the website.

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imec.istart is een initiatief van imec en partners. Imec.istart is de eerste investeerder en ondersteunende partner die tech startups helpt op te schalen. Het imec.istart programma biedt een breed scala aan diensten, zoals initiële financiële injectie (50.000 tot 250.000 EUR pre-seed financiering), persoonlijke coaching en mentoring, toegang tot technologie en kantoorfaciliteiten, toegang tot een breed (inter)nationaal netwerk van partners en investeerders en nog veel meer. Sinds de lancering in 2011 hielp imec.istart meer dan 235 tech startups op verschillende gebieden om zich te ontwikkelen tot duurzame ondernemingen.

Imec.istart staat op de 1e plaats in de Europese 'Top University Business Accelerators' van UBI Global. Startups die geïnteresseerd zijn om deel te nemen aan het 12 maand durende imec.istart acceleratieprogramma, kunnen hun aanvraag indienen tijdens onze Open Call maanden (september, januari en mei) via de website.


Sven De Cleyn - sven.decleyn@imec.be

imec.istart offers guidance in the following languages: Dutch, English

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.