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Home > News > Company News > Imec VC fund raises €117m

Imec VC fund raises €117m

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-09-13
Imec.xpand, Imec’s early-stage VC fund,  has closed its first fund at €117 million in committed capital.

The amount raised exceeds the initial target of EUR 100 million and positions imec.xpand as a major player in the deep tech venture capital ecosystem.

Imec.xpand is an early stage and growth fund with a approach to turn hardware driven nanotechnology innovation into global companies.

The fund targets ambitious tech start-ups for whom imec knowledge, expertise and infrastructure can play a determining role in their success.

Imec.xpand wants to engage with companies at an early stage, at the same time reserving sufficient financial resources to support the selected ventures from the early stages of development all the way through the commercialization of their product.

This will enable start-ups to focus on developing a technology and on building a business, rather than spending all their time and energy on securing the next round of financing.

This philosophy will increase the speed at which ventures can enter the market and help create the technology leaders of tomorrow that will generate above average financial returns for the investors in imec.xpand.

The fund is managed by Peter Vanbekbergen, Frank Bulens, Cyril Vančura and Tom Vanhoutte.

The fund was launched in 2017 and has attracted  investors including Samsung Electronics, BNP Paribas Fortis, Applied Materials, SK Hynix, Philips, the Brabant development company BOM, KBC Insurance, the Belgian federal investment company SFPI-FPIM, several high net worth individuals and universities, Belfius Insurance, the Flemish investment company PMV and KPN Ventures.