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Imec Collaborates with Google to Offer Cloud Access to Flemish Startups


Leuven, Belgium—December 22, 2016—Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, today announced that imec will become the first Incubator in Belgium to join the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program. The Google Cloud Platform for Startups program comes with credits for eligible Flemish startups who are part of the imec.istart program, which supports, through financial means, coaching and training, entrepreneurs who are establishing their tech business. Joining the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program greatly expands the support the imec.istart program is able to provide to its startups and will further stimulate early stage startups to develop and market their innovative applications at a global scale.

Google Cloud Platform for Startups is a global program that helps eligible early-stage startups take advantage of the cloud and scale up their idea. These startups can receive GCP credit, 24/7 support, and access to Google’s technical solutions team.

“Google Cloud Platform is a great platform for our B2B sales communication app,” stated Jeroen Corthout, founder of Saleflare, a start-up from the imec.istart portfolio that brings an intelligent Sales CRM to the market. “It is a complete and easy to use technology with a great ecosystem that helps enable us to scale and grow fast. We are using Node.JS, Angular.JS, Material Design, and we’ve built a Gmail plugin where we have integrated our app with G Suite, including Gmail and Google Calendar. Thanks to the access to Google Cloud Platform through imec.istart, we are not only ready for the future, but can provide a critically valuable turnkey solution for sales professionals.”
“Through imec.istart, we support our startups with expertise, network and other forms of support,” stated Sven De Cleyn, head of imec.istart. “Our collaboration with Google will help our startups to grow faster and leverage cloud resources even better. ”

For more information on Google Cloud Platform for Startups, visit


About imec and the imec.istart entrepreneurship program

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2015, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 415 million euro and of iMinds which is integrated in imec as of September 21, 2016 52 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at

Through the imec.istart program, we support researchers, young entrepreneurs and start-ups in successfully bringing their ideas to the market; support consisting of financial backing, professional coaching and various facilities tailored to start-up companies. The imec.istart program typically runs for 6 to 18 months, depending of the maturity of the technology, the experience of the start-up team and specific market characteristics.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).


Hanne Degans, Press Officer, +32 16 28 17 69 // +32 486 06 51 75 //

Michiel Sallaets, Communications Manager Google Benelux, +32 486 65 64 55

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