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PETER VANBEKBERGEN, IMEC.XPAND
PARTNER

Peter Vanbekbergen received his engineering degree in 1987 and his PhD degree in 1993 from the University of Leuven. From 1987 to 1993 he was a researcher at imec. In 1993, he moved to Silicon Valley and worked in the advanced technology group at Synopsys, a leading EDA provider. In 1997, Peter became director of engineering at CoWare, an imec start-up focusing on system level EDA tools, headquartered in Silicon Valley. In 2003 Peter returned to imec to help organize the system level research work in research programs. The M4 program with smartphone technologies was started with Samsung as first strategic partner. In 2006 he became associate VP of the system level division at imec. In 2007 Peter was part of the founding team of M4S, another imec spin-off focusing on cellular RF transceivers. This company was acquired by Huawei in 2010 and continued to develop RF technology for the Huawei smartphone-line. In 2015 Peter joined imec again as innovation manager to take on responsibility for the venture process at imec, targeting start-ups based on imec technology. In March 2017 Peter took on a new role as partner/investment manager in the newly founded imec.xpand fund.
 

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Presentation abstract

IMEC.XPAND: A PARTNERSHIP TO ACCELERATE BREAKTHROUGH IN INNOVATION

imec.xpand is a game-changing way of investing in early-stage innovation on the crossroads of technology transfer, corporate venturing and traditional venture capital.

imec.xpand will invest in innovative, early-stage ideas and projects, grown both inside and outside of imec, projects in which the imec knowledge, expertise and infrastructure will be a differentiating factor for success.

The unique properties and approach of imec.xpand will be highlighted. It will be explained how imec.xpand enables entrepreneurs together with imec experts and technologists to create ambitious and disruptive technology startups.

 

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