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Global Partners

Egon Zehnder International was founded in 1964 in Zurich and today the firm specializes in Board Effectiveness Reviews, Leadership Strategy Services and Executive Search at the Management and Board levels. The Firm has a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - placing clients' interests first and to lead its profession in creating value for its clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The Firm has a structure which is unique in its profession. The Firm's 385 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between offices. It allows the Firm to operate seamlessly when engagements call for multi-office, cross collaboration and knowledge sharing. Large or small, local or global, clients benefit from this structure by having access to the Firm's most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside.

Gold Sponsors

BDO is the 5th largest audit and advisory network in the world with a presence of more than 1.100 offices in more than 110 countries. We provide high quality assurance and accounting services, tax and legal advice and perform a wide range of corporate finance services to our clients. BDO is especially leading in the segment of highly innovative and rapidly growing companies with focus on innovation. For more information please contact Bert Kegels for Belgium (bert.kegels@bdo.be), Hans de Rooij for The Netherlands (hans.de.rooij@bdo.nl), Michel Léger for France (Michel.leger@bdo.fr) and Guy Hornick for Luxembourg (guy.hornick@bdo.lu).

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Silver Sponsors

For more than a century, Morgan Lewis lawyers have helped clients achieve their business goals, and clients have come to rely on the firm for its tradition of professional excellence, integrity and client service. Morgan Lewis has more than 1,400 lawyers and 300 other professionals (including technical specialists, patent agents and paralegals) in 22 offices worldwide. We have a complete range of practices and are well positioned to meet clients' critical legal needs.
Emerging business and technology businesses that partner with us benefit from our guidance, value-added network, and access to sources of capital. We work closely with clients to position companies for investment, raise capital, negotiate strategic relationships, establish intellectual property protection practices, and create incentive compensation plans. Each of our clients works with a dedicated, partner-led team familiar with its business objectives, industry dynamics, and market issues.
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Bronze Sponsors

Gimv is a European investment company with over three decades experience in private equity and venture capital. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels and currently manages around 1.8 billion EUR (including third party funds) of investments in 85 portfolio companies, which jointly realise a turnover of more than EUR 6 billion and employ over 28,000 professionals. As a recognized market leader in selected investment platforms, Gimv identifies entrepreneurial and innovative companies with high-growth potential and supports them in their transformation into market leaders. Gimv

PMV nv is an independent investment company. It invests in the economic fabric of Flanders. In so doing, the company acts as entrepreneur and market producer. It also provides financial levers if the market needs support and the necessary private initiatives are not forthcoming. PMV collaborates with private partners via funds and public-private partnerships. Particular emphasis is placed on sustainable energy, biotech, cleantech, life sciences and infrastructure for the future. PMV manages a portfolio of EUR 900 million in assets. PMV also undertakes commissions on behalf of the Flemish Region.

BNP Paribas Fortis, the no. 1 bank in Belgium, offers the market a comprehensive package of financial services for private and professional clients, wealthy individuals, corporate clients, public entities and financial institutions. Today, it is organised around 4 core activities: Retail & Private Banking, Corporate & Public Banking, Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions. BNP Paribas Fortis supports its clients abroad with a unique pan-European network reinforcing the BNP Paribas' worldwide positions.

IBBT (Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology) is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation. The IBBT team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It brings together companies, authorities, and non-profit organizations to join forces on research projects. Both technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects.

The firm combines top-tier local and international expertise. Our clients value the quality of our people, our global track record and in-depth market knowledge and our commitment to delivering results whether we are providing M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, or general commercial or corporate advice. We have a reputation for combining the highest quality technical expertise with commercial pragmatism. Our lawyers actively represent venture capital and corporate strategic investors in start-up, early-stage and growth stage companies particularly in the ICT and biotech sectors. We are also frequently asked to assist entrepreneurs in their business and fundraising activities. We work closely with entrepreneurs during all stages of the private company lifecycle including start-up, seed funding, venture capital and debt financing, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as employment, contracting and intellectual property matters. We develop tailor-made solutions adapted to our clients

Based in Paris, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research designs, develops and implements the policy of France in higher education, research and innovation . It is also appropriate policy space. Its mission: to set the national policy, objectives and budget in the relevant areas; determine priorities for research and innovation; for guardianship research organizations and higher education institutions. The organization: the Ministry of Higher Education and Research includes the general direction for higher education and professional integration (DGESIP), the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DGRI), and three services transverse joint missions (strategic coordination and territories, major real estate projects, information systems and statistical studies). Laurent Wauquiez has been the Minister of Higher Education and Research since June 2011.

Local Support Partners

Established in 1984, the French Private Equity Association (AFIC) has 270 active members covering all types of private equity activities in France: Venture Capital firms (FCR), Venture Capital Funds (FCPR), Innovation Funds (FCPI), Local Investment Funds (FIP), management companies, consulting firms, funds of funds, investment companies, etc. In addition, AFIC has 200 associate members from a wide range of related professions

High Tech Campus Eindhoven is synonymous with open innovation. In an area of just one square kilometre, more than 8,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs work closely together developing the technologies and products of tomorrow. Intelligent pills that monitor our health wherever we are, smart shop windows that display offers for the products we are viewing at a particular moment, extremely energy-efficient lighting concepts in walls and ceilings. Campus companies share the drive to create value for people and to develop innovative solutions that make human life healthier, more pleasant, easier and more interesting.

The mission of Capricorn Venture Partners is to manage and advise venture capital funds on early-stage technology-based investment opportunities, primarily in Europe, and to provide support and advice to internationally oriented high-growth technology companies in the portfolio of these funds. Capricorn Venture Partners NV was established in 1993 as a joint venture between Dr Jos B. Peeters and Baring Venture Partners Ltd, Since December 1999, Capricorn Venture Partners is a fully partner-owned independent investment advisory and management company. It merged & joined forced with Quest Management NV in February 2012.

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Brainport Eindhoven Region, according to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) the world

Brainport Development is a new-style development company, working with representatives from industry, research and government to strengthen Brainport Eindhoven Region, according to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) the world

Gemeente Eindhoven
Welcome to Eindhoven. With approximately 210,000 inhabitants, Eindhoven is the fifth city of the Netherlands. However the economy of the Eindhoven region is the second largest in the Netherlands - and it is the economy of the future. The Eindhoven region is widely regarded as one of the high tech hotspots in Europe. As much as forty percent of Dutch investments in Research and Development, are spent in this region. But Eindhoven and the surrounding region is not only an excellent place for investments. It is also the place to start up innovative businesses, to study, to work and to relax.

Getting the Brabant economy to excel Together with the business community, the government and educational institutes, BOM is committed to getting the province of Noord-Brabant to excel at both a national and an international level. The key focus areas are internationalization, strengthening knowledge and preserving the economy, especially in the top economic sectors of High Tech, Life Sciences and (Sustainable) Energy. The BOM has four core activities:

ChampionScott Partners is a leading global executive search firm focused exclusively on the technology industry and related sectors. Our firm delivers the personalized focus of a technology boutique combined with the research resources and global reach of a large international firm. We recruit CEOs, their direct reports, and Board Directors for companies ranging from early-stage VC-backed to the Global 500 in the key technology centers of the US, China, Japan and Europe through our offices around the world.

Clear2Pay is a payments modernisation company that actively supports many global financial institutions to meet their payments unification goals through its pure SOA Open Payment Framework (OPF). Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the company facilitates banks and financial organisations in their provision of payments services, whether they be Card, ACH, Branch, Bulk, High Care or International payment transactions. Clear2Pay's innovative technology helps to reduce transactions processing costs, and to deliver new, compelling payment services in a competitive way. Functions embrace payments origination, reporting, linkage with back-office processing systems, clearing, netting and settlement. In addition the company offers a range of value added payment technology solutions and services such as e-Banking, the Open Test Platform, ChargeBack, Strategic Consultancy and Payments Training through a dedicated Academy. Clients include global and major regional financial institutions such as ING, Banco Santander, Crédit Agricole, VISA, MasterCard, BNP Paribas, The Federal Reserve, NETS (Denmark), The People Bank of China (PBOC), Bank of East Asia, Rabobank, The Co-operative Financial Services and Commonwealth Bank. Clear2Pay operates out of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, India and Singapore and currently employs 1000 staff. Recently, the company was awarded the XCelent Customer Base 2010 award for its undisputed largest payment hub customer base, both live and under implementation and ranks 81st in the Global FinTech100.

Media & Communication Partners

Informilo is a Paris-based media company that covers the global tech sector with a strong emphasis on Europe. The focus is on entrepreneurship and innovation in every part of the pipeline from the smallest start-up with the best idea to big companies that embrace creative disruption. The aim is to help start-ups and venture capitalists benchmark the global competition and connect with big corporates. In addition to its Web-based magazine Informilo is launching a quarterly report on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Europe in the Times of London (the first edition will be published in December 2010) and will be a regular contributor to a new

Capital Finance is the French leading quality newspaper dealing about private equity and M & A news (as far as deals and investment managers, investment banks, law firms etc are concerned). Capital Finance provides on a subscription basis market intelligence through : - a weekly review (la lettre hebdomadaire) offering a full review of the completed deals on the French market ; - the latest news and access to an archive of all articles written since 1 989 on www.capitalfinance.eu - quarterly issues providing an in-depth and relevant analysis on specific topics (M & A, LBO, private equity) - a data base listing all the PE and M&A deals which have been completed since 2003 (target company, deal value, seller, buyer, deal's advisors) - networking events such as Les Prix Capital Finance that rewards the most performing LBO and venture fund on a yearly basis etc

Industry Support

The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) has a membership of about 150 regional development agencies from across the European Union. Agencies from almost all the Member States of the EU are EURADA members.

The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) is a member-based, non-profit trade association that was established in 1983 and is based in Brussels. EVCA represents, promotes and protects the interests of the European private equity and venture capital industry. Specifically, EVCA

EBAN - The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players is a pan-European organization gathering over 100 member organizations from 27 countries, including business angels networks and federations of networks, early stage venture capital funds (investing less than 3 million euros per transaction, and interested in cross-border collaboration with angels). EBAN represents circa 250 angel groups in Europe via direct or indirect membership, reaching out to 20.000 angels and receiving circa 40.000 business plans a year. It was established in 1999 with the collaboration of the European Commission by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe. EBAN

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