Our fund partners

BNP Paribas Fortis  
BNP Paribas Fortis is the largest bank in Belgium offering a full range of financial services to private and corporate clients, wealthy individuals, companies, public and financial institutions. An important anchor point in the strategy of BNP Paribas Fortis is supporting entrepreneurship in the Belgian economic landscape. 

Starters benefit from attractive advantages for their day-to-day banking, loans, and insurance. In addition, ING will considerably simplify the life of businesspeople. But helping businesspeople goes further than just banking. As well as experience and know-how ING also puts startups in contact with its network. 

Vlaamse overheid 
The Government of Flanders is responsible for preparing, formulating and implementing the policy of the Flemish Region and of the Flemish Community. Through the support for imec.istart, they aim to support the creation of the next generation of digital tech startups that generate jobs and wealth for the region. 

As a provider of entertainment and telecommunication services in Belgium, Telenet Group is committed to help people and businesses stay one step ahead in the digital age. They work together with imec.start as they believe they can lift start- and scale-ups to a higher level and they can support Telenet in branching out beyond their core business. They are looking for partnerships in the areas of a) connectivity and infrastructure, b) media and entertainment, c) IT & business solutions and d) digital life & work services. 

Founded in 1991, Cronos Group has evolved from a one-man business to a large group of companies with 7000 employees. The group was originally founded by and for technology people for the express purpose of helping those people grow as far as their ambitions reached, even if that meant starting for themselves. Since then, this mission statement has been expanded exponentially. Both in terms of service offerings, but also by building a portfolio of product investments. Cronos Group is both active as a direct investor and by committing to fund-in-fund investments. As recognized as a high-quality early-stage fund, imec.istart connects them to the most promising start-ups in Benelux. 

Nuhma - Het Limburgs klimaatbedrijf  
Nuhma works on behalf of the Limburg municipalities and Laakdal on two core tasks: smart services and renewable energy. Through targeted participations, as in the imec.istart fund, Nuhma is focused on creating social added value by supporting innovative and smart applications. Additionally, Nuhma supports the development of renewable energy projects to help realise the objective of making Limburg CO2 neutral. 

Verhaert Masters in innovation 
Verhaert helps ambitious corporations and start-ups in different industries to be successful in innovation. Together they Scout, Invent, Create and Scale digital and physical breakthrough products and services. To do so, they work in integrated multi-disciplinary teams combining in-depth expertise with great conceptual thinking. 

Vlaamse Energie Holding 
The Vlaamse Energie Holding (VEH) actively participates in energy projects to create a more sustainable future. 

EFIN helps to create a more sustainable future through investments in renewable energy. Through targeted participations, as in the imec.istart fund, EFIN is focused on creating social added value by supporting innovative and smart applications. 

Our program partners

AG Insurance 
AG Insurance, being a leading insurance firm, shoulders this initiative to accelerate the creation of new businesses that address the tech challenges to continuously lift its B2B and B2C customer offer. 


The technology federation Agoria has more than 2000 technology companies from the manufacturing industry and the digital and telecom sectors among its members, 70% of which are SMEs. 


Angelini Ventures
Angelini Ventures is the venture capital arm of Angelini Industries funded with a €300 million capital commitment. Angelini Ventures builds and invests in early-stage companies that develop innovative ideas and solutions in biotechnology, digital health and life sciences.


BlueHealth Innovation Fund 
Investment fund partnering with imecistart to find future leading HealthTech companies. Partners are UCB, UZA, Cronos Groep and In4care 


Comate excels in the process of engineering and designing innovative high-tech hardware products and machinery for their clients. 


DPG media 
DPG Media is a leading media group in Flanders that knows how to touch viewers, surfers, readers and listeners with impressive stories, lightning-fast news and sparkling entertainment. It consists of strong media brands such as VTM, Het Laatste Nieuws, Qmusic, Dag Alles, De Morgen, Humo, VTM NIEUWS, etc. In addition, the online services (such as Tweakers, Spaargids.be, mijnenergie.be, Livios and mijntelco.be) is a growing branch within the organization 


Flanders Make 
Flanders Make concentrates on industry-driven technological research and innovation into machines, vehicles and production systems together with and to the benefit of large companies and SMEs. 


IQVIA is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. 


In4care, innovation and networking, forms a community with more than 400 organisations & companies. Teaming up with imec istart to implement innovative solutions in healthcare. 


MediaNet Vlaanderen 
MediaNet Vlaanderen unites over 60 companies active in media content and media innovation. 


NSX provides a devops factory to make you build, run and maintain your innovative software in a sound way, keeping you in the driving seat. 


At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to deliver breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. 


Roche Diagnostics Belgium  
At Roche Diagnostics Belgium, they offer medical diagnostic solutions for laboratories, hospitals, clinicians, and patients enabling prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing monitoring and care. We focus on this continuous innovation enabling personalised, targeted healthcare. As a frontrunner, Roche Diagnostics Belgium is partnering with imec.istart, where new ideas and trends are accelerated. 


Roularta Media 
Roularta Media Group is a Belgian multimedia group, market leader in magazines (Dutch/French) (general, business and sports news weekly, lifestyle magazines, medical and other professional magazines), local media in Flanders, Sunday newspapers, lifestyle magazines and internet marketing solutions) and business television. 


Sport Vlaanderen 
Sport Vlaanderen as sports administration in Flanders encourages people to take part in sports, we are happy to partner with imec.istart in order to stimulate startup acceleration and innovation for the benefit of sports and society. 


UCB is a global biopharma company focusing on neurology and immunology. Its Digital Business Transformation strategy is focused on what patients value at every step to accelerate better outcomes and transform the way care is delivered. To do so, UCB strongly believes that investing in partnerships is key to harness collective value across the healthcare system. Imec.istart represents one of these valuable partnerships. 


Universiteit Antwerpen  
The University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) is a young and dynamic Belgian university. It is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of the three universities of Antwerp. The university's roots go back to 1852. 


UZA (Antwerp University Hospital) 
Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) is a university centre for top-level, patient-friendly tertiary care, high-quality academic training and groundbreaking scientific research. 


VDAB is the employment service of Flanders. 


The Victoris sports innovation consortium at Ghent University is happy to partner with imec.istart given the high complementarity between both entities on the level of science, technology and entrepreneurship, thereby increasing the potential impact for various stakeholders in our society and economy. 


VRT sandbox 
VRT Sandbox is all about introducing new ideas & technologies in the VRT media ecosystem by organizing innovative collaborations with startups and scaleups.  VRT Sandbox acts as an accelerator for startups and scaleups by not only connecting them with the VRT brands but also with our international network, such as the Future Media Hubs. 
The Future Media Hubs brings together media organisations to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing. By introducing startups and scaleups to this network we can accelerate their (international) growth.   
Partnering with Imec.istart enables VRT sandbox to identify promising startups and scaleups who they can work with or potentially invest in through Media Investment Vlaanderen, a joint venture investment fund between PMV and VRT.