imec.istart Program Manager, imec, Belgium
Sven De Cleyn graduated with a Master in Commercial Engineering and started his professional career at the University of Antwerp, where he conducted research on high-tech spin-offs from European universities. He joined iMinds (merged with imec since October 2016) in 2011 as Technology Transfer Manager.
He is in charge of the imec.istart business acceleration program in which he supports new spin-offs and start-ups in digital technologies and nanotech, which is recognized by UBI Global as one of the leading accelerators worldwide. He was elected Investor of the Year 2017 in Belgium. Sven is also part-time professor in (high-tech) entrepreneurship at the University of Antwerp.