imec.istart acceleration programme (Belgium)

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (IMEC vzw)


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Service description
This programme supports startups and spin-offs with a business support programme of minimum 12 months. Imec.istart is the open accelerator programme of imec, the world-renowned research institute on nano-electronics and digital technology. Imec.istart is Europe’s number 1 university-linked accelerator for tech startups and spin-offs. The programme has been created for high-tech and deeptech startups and gives participants unique access to a state-of-the art network of tech experts and IP. The day-to-day support of the teams is handled by an experienced Venture Acceleration Manager who outlines a tailored development and support roadmap per individual team based on the 6 building blocks of Imec.istart (access2: coaching, community, tech, finance, talent and market). Furthermore, Imec.istart offers a dedicated suite of workshops catered to the needs of tech teams and pays for housing in a co-working space and dedicated 1:1 follow-up trajectories with experts. Imec.istart has best-in-class metrics as it is followed-up by funding and high success rate. On average, Imec.istart teams have been able to secure a x36 factor in follow-up investments for every euro invested by Imec.istart to reach an impressive total of almost €700 million. Application periods: 01/01/2024 - 01/02/2024 01/05/2024 - 01/06/2024 01/09/2024 - 01/10/2024
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Disclaimer related to service

Imec.istart Belgium accepts international startups from the EU but they need to establish a branch office in Flanders or conclude a cooperation with a knowledge institute in Flanders. Teams may apply a maximum of 2 times. EIC beneficiaries will be selected based on quality of their application with a cap of 3-5 EIC beneficiaries per year. Imec.istart is domain agnostic.

Financial requirements

The programme is free of charge with a small dilutable equity stake of 6% for imec.istart Fund for an investment of €50000.