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Benelux Tech Tour 2015                                                    

The Benelux Tech Tour will take place across 3 days on May 19-21 2015 and will showcase 75 world-class, high-tech innovative companies from the Benelux region, top international speakers & 10 entrepreneurial success stories from the region talking about their road to success.

To be able to deliver a unique on-the-road event, Tech Tour, Startups.be and iMinds have joined forces to deliver an ambitious program for international investors taking them on a tour of the top locations in the region and showcasing its top entrepreneurs.

For Investors the event brings the opportunity to see 50 emerging companies and 25 of the top selected growth companies from the region present at the event. The selection of companies will be across a range of high-tech sectors.

Entrepreneurs who participate will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet 100+ investors from the Benelux region and beyond that are seeking to grow their portfolio with innovative companies from the Benelux. The objectives of this mission are to identify the upcoming and leading top privately held companies from the Benelux Region and to promote investment by bringing international investors together with the region's next wave of entrepreneurs.

Why Should You Attend?

Join 100+ local and international entrepreneurs, investors, cluster managers, start-up incubators, private bankers, fund managers from the Benelux, USA, Asia and wider Europe for:
  • Three Days Of Quality Relationship Building with Investors, CEO's and Decision Makers In A Dynamic Programme That Moves Between 3 Great Benelux Technology Hotspots
  • Meet 25 Growth Company Leaders Looking To Fast-Track Expansion & Join Live Pitches By 50 Emerging Company Leaders Looking For Series A/B Investments

How the Benelux Tech Tour Works
  • The Tech Tour and organising partners, iMinds and Startups.be, reach out to their extensive networks of entrepreneurs and call for applications to present at the event.
  • A Selection Committee and Investor Jury made up of seasoned International Venture Capitalists, screens, chooses and invites CEO’s of the 50 best emerging companies and 25 top growth companiesin the Benelux.
  • The selected companies each present their business plans to investors and receive feedback.
  • The event format allows for the maximum networking so that investors and entrepreneurs can meet and get to know one-another.
Why the Tech Tour is unique?
  • Tech Tour events are organised by investors for investors.
  • The Tech Tour hallmark is quality, only the best innovative companies are selected to present to an exclusive group of European and International investors. 
  • The Tech Tour’s unique format means that delegates are in constant movement, touring 3 key technology hubs in Belgium and the Netherlands. From years of experience we know that time spent on the move with other delegates creates wonderful opportunities to really speak to one another and make lasting connections. 


What Past Participants Say:

"The French Benelux TechTour proved again to be a very valuable investment in time and money. Very interesting companies and a very good group of investors were brought together. Time spend was very useful due to the combination of formal and informal interaction, diversity of companies presenting and the pace of the program"
Roel de Hoop, Prime Ventures, Netherlands (2012)

"As an early stage investor in highly innovative companies, the 2012 TT offered me a great opportunity
to meet with an impressive set of promising tech entrepreneurs and potential co-investors"

Kenneth Wils, PMV, Business Manager, Belgium (2012)

" I was impressed by the quality of the presentations and participants of the Tech Tour. It gave me confidence the entrepreneurial spirit is still there in Europe. I am convinced some of the presented companies will become real success stories in the coming years"
Wim de Waele, IBBT, CEO, Belgium (2012)

"Great companies and selection. The investment panel that did the selection did clearly a very good job"
Antonio Avitabile, Sony (2012)

Global Partners  
Gide is a premier international law firm. Founded in Paris in 1920, the firm now operates from 17 offices worldwide. With 600 lawyers, drawn from 35 different nationalities, Gide offers some of the most respected specialists in all sectors of national and international finance and business law.

In each of its offices in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa, Gide
provides its clients with comprehensive knowledge of local markets,
regional expertise, and the resources of an international law firm.
Founded in 1805 in Geneva, the Pictet group is today one of Europe’s largest privately held banks and the leading independent asset management specialist in Europe, with EUR 362 bn in assets under management and custody at the end of December 2014. Entrepreneurship lies at the heart of Pictet’s values. With this entrepreneurial spirit forming the basis for its growth, Pictet has 3,500 employees with a global presence of 26 offices. 

Organizing Partners
iMinds is Flanders’ digital research center. 
Building on the expertise of our 850+ researchers at 5 Flemish universities, we conduct strategic and applied research in areas such as ICT, Media and Health. We translate digital know-how into real-life products and services together with our research partners. And support young entrepreneurs and start-ups in the successful market introduction of their ideas.
Startup.be brings together the key players in the Belgian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. We help tech entrepreneurs to be successful by providing quality access to service providers, business partners, customers and investors.

Platinum Partners
BDO is a leading accountancy and advisory firm, having 1,328 offices in 152 countries and revenue which crossed the $7 billion mark in 2014. BDO’s international technology team can work with you on your expansion into new markets by advising you on funding options, whether for organic growth or for mergers and acquisitions, while managing shareholder expectations and planning exits. We will help you overcome the many challenges of compliance, tax efficiency,  supply chain management and IP protection, as well as minimising the inherent risks of international growth.
ING Belgium SA/NV services all banking customers with a wide range of financial products and via the distribution channel of their choice. At ING Belgium, we are committed to empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. We will help our customers fulfil their dreams by being both extremely digital and extremely personal in everything we do. Innovation is a strategic priority for ING Belgium. In a banking world that is rapidly evolving under the influence of the new needs of customers, new technologies and new regulations, ING Belgium is duty bound to preserve the role of forerunner it has forged from the very beginning. In order to do so, it has to be able to count on a network within the banking technology sector (ecosystem).ING Belgium SA/NV employs 8,623 FTE* and is a full subsidiary of ING Group N.V. through ING Bank N.V. which services 33 million private, business and institutional clients in more than 40 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Host Partners
Antwerp is Flanders' largest city and economic driving force. The Port of Antwerp with its strong chemical cluster and the renowned diamond industry are well-known and considered best-in-class throughout the world. As a result, the economic region of Antwerp accommodates several international players.In this era of frequent economic shifts, the city has a sound focus on innovation. It takes the lead in an open partnership between universities, privately owned incubators and international growth programmes. Meanwhile the city provides housing and state-of-the-art virtual incubators where startups can freely experiment with contextual data and Internet of Things sensor technology. The city caters to every startup need and matches them with investors and corporates. The dense city structure, the industrial complex and our thriving 10.000 strong creative cluster make for a perfect breeding ground. An ever growing number of startups is creating new ideas and new technologies, securing our future economic position.
Antwerp is open for business.
Rotterdam welcomes entrepreneurs, corporations and investors who are keen to seize the future. Daring to push the limits, and the longing for growth, are written into the city’s DNA. Rotterdam reinvented itself in the past, and is doing it again. With the emphasis on innovation and a can-do approach, things happen in Rotterdam that can’t happen anywhere else. 
Rotterdam is a valuable partner for the market because it offers a short time-to-market. The city is gearing up to offer you high-level service. Investing in accessibility and the logistical quality of region remains a priority. It  also offers access to relevant networks of business partners and knowledge centres and the public/private innovation and development funds relating to them. 
The improvement of living conditions and social climate is also high on the agenda of the city of Rotterdam. This  is achieved by developing quality housing in extension areas, in the city centre and near the riverbanks.
Rotterdam World Port, World City.

Gold Partners
The Network helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond.
Have a look at the many services offered free of charge by around 600 member organisations, including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, universities and development agencies.
Newion runs several Venture and Growth Funds focusing primarily on the Benelux market. The funds provide growth capital for ambitious entrepreneurs with a strong will to execute. Since 2000 Newion has built a strong track record of investing in, growing and exiting many outstanding companies.

Silver Partners
Cresco is a premier Belgian business law firm focused on providing business law advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, emerging, growth and established companies and various types of investors, including private equity investors, venture capitalists and strategic corporate investors.
Cresco combines years of international legal know-how with business expertise acquired through extensive in-house experience at leading companies active in a broad range of sectors and industries. 
Cresco has market-leading capabilities and thorough experience in private equity and venture capital, emerging and growth companies, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology and innovation counseling, entrepreneur and executive guidance, complex commercial agreements, real estate and dispute resolution, as well as in a large variety of operational legal, contractual and strategic matters.

Flanders Investment & Trade is the government agency promoting sustainable international business, in the interest of both Flanders-based companies and overseas enterprises. Whatever sector you are involved in, we will help you establish contact with the Flemish companies you are looking for. This includes not only products or services you may be sourcing, but also various types of business relationships, from joint ventures to technology transfers. At another level Flanders Investment & Trade enhances Flanders’ position as the gateway to Europe for inward investors. The agency identifies, informs, advises and supports overseas enterprises who want to set up or expand business activities in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. Flanders Investment & Trade has a worldwide network of economic and trade representatives to help you source the quality products and services you require. With over 90 offices we are bound to be conveniently located near you, wherever you are.

Bronze Partners
AKD lawyers & civil-law notaries, in touch, in tune and efficient. That is the trademark of our firm, AKD lawyers & civil-law notaries. With 200 committed lawyers and civil-law notaries, we are a large firm. We have experts in virtually all legal fields, who are dedicated to focus entirely on the interests of your organisation and your sector. AKD has offices in Amsterdam, Breda, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Brussels.
  For over 30 years, Ebbinge has been a leading HR consultancy working to fill key positions and solve management development issues in the top segment of the labour market. We are driven by quality, growth and the ambitions of people and organizations. ‘From campus to CEO.' Allow us to give you an impression of our approach, culture and history.
Since 2010, EIT ICT Labs is consistently mobilising talents, ideas, technologies, investments as well as businesses across Europe and beyond. The mission of EIT ICT Labs is to drive European leadership in ICT innovation for economic growth and quality of life. Focus is to empower ICT top talents for the future and to bring ICT innovations to life by providing resources, mentoring and a unique network to help startups succeed. The European ecosystem of EIT ICT labs is a strong network characterised by an open and collaborative way of working with partners representing global companies, leading research centres, and top ranked universities in ICT.  It is EIT ICT Labs' ambition to drive the ICT innovations  of startups to succeed in world markets and become European success stories. Therefore bringing ICT innovation into market is in the centre of all EIT ICT Labs’s activities.EIT ICT Labs connects seven main locations in London, Berlin, Paris, Eindhoven, Trento, Stockholm and Helsinki. Next to this, hubs were established in Rennes, München, Milano and last but not least a hub in Silicon Valley (US). These locations play a vital role as meeting places for project members, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups as well as major industrial partners searching for new talents and new innovative opportunities.
  KIC InnoEnergy is a European company that fosters the integration of education, business and entrepreneurship as a means of strengthening the culture of innovation in the sustainable energy field. Within these three key areas, we work to create new and successful start-ups in the sustainable energy field. Through our extensive network of European partners that includes over 150 key players in the energy field, the KIC InnoEnergy Highway® offers a tailored service to entrepreneurs to help them transform their business ideas into successful ventures. We support entrepreneurs in strengthening their technology skills, developing business models, building expert teams and providing access to finance. We are a one-stop shop, a single accelerator with various entry points across Europe that is unique in its specialisation in sustainable energy.

Microsoft BizSpark will helps start-ups by providing them with free software, support and visibility. Jumpstart your start-up’s infrastructure, get your website running, build your success with professional collaboration and development tools, as well as 575€ per month to host and scale your technological projects on Azure, the Microsoft Cloud, totalling over 60.500€ in benefits. Only available to tech start-ups less than 5 years old, privately held, and earning less than €700,000 annually.

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