Imec collaborates with Google to offer cloud access to Flemish start-ups

Imec collaborates with the Google Cloud Platform for Startups (photo: imec)

Imec, a leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, announced that it will become the first incubator in Belgium to join the Google Cloud Platform for Startups programme. The platform comes with credits for eligible Flemish start-ups who are part of the imec.istart programme, which supports entrepreneurs who are establishing their tech business with financial means, coaching and training. According to imec, joining the Google Cloud Platform for Startups programme will greatly expand the support the imec.istart programme is able to provide to its start-ups and will further stimulate early stage start-ups to develop and market their innovative applications at a global scale.

Eligible start-ups for the Google programme 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.”

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