New 8-week program helps US and Asian scale-ups break into the European market

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Looking to help international scale-ups break into the European market, imec and, a global ecosystem aimed at boosting scale-ups’ growth, have joined forces and created an 8-week program that will address the common pitfalls US and Asian scale-ups often struggle with when entering the European market.

The imec.scale-ups program includes mentoring, coaching, workshops, networking opportunities, practical support, etc, with the aim of helping foreign scale-ups find their way in the local ecosystem. For example, by offering specialised workshops on EU business culture, tax and legal requirements, privacy regulations, local funding opportunities.

Sven De Cleyn, imec.istart program manager, said: “One of the hardest aspects of internationalising your company is building your network abroad. By participating in this program, the scale-ups become part of imec’s ecosystem and get easy access to a wide network of potential partners, investors, or clients.

“We also have valuable in-house tech expertise in a variety of fields, from chip miniaturisation, security technologies, artificial intelligence, to blockchain algorithms. If there is a match between the scale-up’s needs and imec’s technological expertise, we can also help them to further enhance their competitive edge.”

Imec.scale-ups welcomes tech scale-ups from across the world who have already gained sufficient traction in their home market and are ready to tackle the European market. The first cohort of the program will be launched in the spring of 2019.

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