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Startup Scout & Project Officer

As a Startup Scout & Project Officer based in Liège you are the first point of contact for candidates interested in the different imec.istart programs. You interact with local stakeholders of the imec.istart community in Liège and beyond. You help spread the entrepreneurial message and coordinate projects to match startups with our partners.


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About imec.istart

We believe in entrepreneurship and technology. Our mission is to support tech entrepreneurs when they’re ready to take the plunge. We do that through a world-renowned coaching program backed by imec. And with a first investment to speed things up and convince other financers. imec.istart was launched in 2011 in Belgium as one of Europe’s first startup accelerators. More than ten years later, we are a globally recognized program with a portfolio of over 300 startups and scaleups, including an exhaustive partner and mentor network. Read more about imec.istart on https://www.imecistart.com/en.

What you will do

  • You will be part of the imec.istart team, since 2011 on a mission to scale tech start-ups.
  • You screen potential imec.istart candidates, especially the ones in the Walloon region.
  • You will further accelerate our engagements with the Liège and Walloon ecosystem.
  • You will help create awareness about the imec.istart acceleration programs in the local ecosystem.
  • You will inspire, encourage, and stimulate people to become entrepreneurs and get started with their tech start-up.
  • You will represent imec.istart in the local (Liège and Walloon) and international landscape and collaborate with the various partners of imec.istart.
  • You will build relationships with local and international partners and contribute to the setup and execution of projects with these partners, always with tech start-ups as the common thread.
  • The headquarters of imec is located in Leuven. The imec.istart team is mainly based in Antwerp and Ghent, yet your base camp will be La Grande Poste in Liège.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Liège, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You work and think at Master level.
  • You have at least 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience in running a start-up or working with start-ups is definitely a plus.
  • Experience in the Liège and/or Walloon tech start-up ecosystem is a superplus.
  • You have good communication skills with excellent knowledge of English and French. Notions of Dutch are useful.
  • You have a genuine interest in and understanding of advanced technologies, innovation, and business.
  • You are a natural and enthusiastic networker, as well as a builder of bridges with persuasive power.
  • You are a true team player and have experience working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • You combine a hands-on approach with a helicopter view and achieve goals in an efficient manner.
  • You are looking for a varied job as an employee in a stimulating environment.

IMEC and its affiliates will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. IMEC will consider unsolicited referrals and/or resumes submitted by vendors such as search firms, staffing agencies, professional recruiters, fee-based referral services and recruiting agencies (hereafter “Agency”) to have been referred by the Agency free of charge. IMEC will not pay a fee to any Agency that does not have a prior written agreement with IMEC, validated by its HR department, in place regarding a specific job opening and allowing to submit resumes.

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.