Imec.istart welcomes high-potential business ideas in the domains of digital technologies and/or nanoelectronics. Selected start-ups get world-class imec.istart coaching and financial resources. The imec.istart acceleration program just launched its open call for tech start-ups with application deadline February 1.


The imec.istart business acceleration program supports entrepreneurs with the early development of their tech start-ups during minimum 12 months.  During this period we want to assess the feasibility of a business proof-of-concept, prepare the (commercial) launch of the first product(s) and the establishment of a start-up to drive this commercialization.

What are the benefits for your startup?

The best applicants with highest innovation potential will get access to:

  • 12 months of tailored and interactive coaching and workshops
  • 50,000 EUR as pre-seed funding and financial road mapping
  • Access to imec technology, services and expertise
  • Feedbacks from mentors/advisors and potential investors
  • Support to find seed funding opportunities
  • Housing facilities in multiple cities (Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Hasselt, Leuven, Genk,...)
  • Community network of over 160 start-ups
  • ....

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Expected outcomes and impact

At the end of the 12 month during program, participating start-ups should have reached following milestones:

  • They should have found their product-market fit (ideally with first paying customers) and be ready to initiate their growth.
  • They should have made progress as a team and be ready as an organization to scale up.
  • They should be 'investor-ready', i.e. be able to attract additional funding on the private market to fuel their growth

Is your startup a good fit?