Late October, iMinds’ iStart business incubation programme, which helps entrepreneurs successfully launch their business, was awarded the second place in UBI Global’s ranking of ‘European Top University Business Accelerators’. Moreover, since last week, iMinds also occupies the fourth position on UBI Global’s worldwide ranking (25th place in 2014). This steep increase is not a coincidence. After all, iMinds can present some very nice figures related to the success of its incubation programs: with more than 300 full-time jobs created and a total turnover of over 16 million euro, the iMinds start-ups make for a vibrant community. On top, they perform very well in terms of securing external follow-up financing: every euro invested by iMinds opens the door to 3.6 euro of external investments. Based on that number, iMinds belongs to the top 3% incubators worldwide.
"One aspect in which iMinds clearly stands out from other incubators, is the success rate of our start-ups’ quest for external follow-up financing. Since 2010, the iMinds start-ups have already secured more than 24 million euro of external funding, despite their young age and the observation that venture capital remains a scarce resource in our region." says Danny Goderis, acting CEO of iMinds.
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