Whether you need capital to grow or to strengthen your balance sheet, having sufficient funds available is essential to you as a business-owner. You can make a choice based not only on your need for funds, but also on your company’s stage of development. As a start-up or growing young business, your main problem is usually insufficient cashflow. If that’s the case, then attracting additional equity capital may be the answer. You may also need an additional capital injection at a later stage of your development. In case of a takeover for example.
PMV is different from the other venture capital providers. It is an active, yet patient investor. It also does not impose a predetermined exit date, which means it can build a future with you for years. PMV will structure your financing rounds to optimum effect, taking both your needs and those of your co-investors into account.
With every investment decision, the most important criteria for PMV are the impact that your company has on the Flemish economy, the strength of your business plan and the vision and input of the management team. Because strong teams make your business successful. When you come to us, we want to see a properly substantiated and realistic business plan. We will then evaluate it in depth and assess it for its feasibility. We look at things such as market potential, the areas where you stand out from your competition, your sales and marketing plan, whether you have made a realistic estimate of the costs involved, your financial needs and the exit potential.
Like any other provider of capital, PMV invests in order to create added value by exiting from the capital at a future stage. And for PMV, this added value has to be both financial and social. That way, PMV contributes to prosperity and wellbeing in Flanders.
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ÅSKA brings sustainable top-end speed pedelecs to the market, based on an all-European supply chain. ÅSKA's speed pedelec is the perfect sustainable alternative to the car and offers a unique riding experience and perception, where adventure, safety and speed go hand in hand.
Avantium is a leading technology development company and a pioneer in sustainable chemistry.
The company currently has three technologies in the demonstration phase, of which the most advanced is the YXY technology. This technology enables the production of 100% renewable and 100% recyclable plastics with superior performance properties that can compete with current plastics such as PET.
Awingu is a webbased platform that aggregates all company files and applications to one secure online workspace that can be accessed from any device, OS or browser. No agent installation is required on any personal or corporate devices. Users only need any HTML5 browser-capable device and an internet connection. CHILI Publish develops and markets software for the graphic marketing sector. CHILI's software simplifies and automates the layout of graphic documents through a browser interface and the use of 'smart templates'. The company operates worldwide and has several blue chip companies as customers. Co-libry offers a hyper-personalisation API engine that measures and analyses user data more accurately based on big data and AI. This allows personalised and targeted content to be offered to a specific user. Dripl is a healthy and tasty alternative to sugary soft drinks and boring (sparkling) water in the workplace. The packaging-free drinks dispenser allows you to fill a glass or bottle with a natural lemonade. Dripl's Refill Points provide a sustainable solution which avoids drink packaging and the unnecessary transport of water when it is available everywhere.
The Brussels Philharmonic was founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster (NIR/INR). Over the years, the orchestra has performed with many top conductors and soloists. It enjoys an excellent reputation for performing premieres of new works and has collaborated with world-renowned composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Francesconi. The orchestra’s historic home port is the Flagey building, where it rehearses and performs in Studio 4 – in acoustic terms one of the top concert halls in the world – and which serves as its home base for concerts in Brussels, Flanders and Europe.
Chocolate Nation is the world's largest Belgian chocolate museum in the centre of Antwerp. In 14 thematic rooms, the visitor is taken on a 60 to 90 minutes journey tell the Belgian chocolate story. The tour starts in the cocoa plantations of the equator and follows the cocoa bean to world’s largest cocoa storage port in Antwerp. A gigantic fantasy machine demonstrates how chocolate is made and where the velvety smooth taste originates from. Each visitor gets a unique insight into the Belgian chocolate tradition. In addition to a unique visitor experience, Chocolate Nation offers a range of B2B opportunities. Dead angle sensor systems for freight transport, municipal vehicles, trucks, buses and other large vehicles. The American company Frx Polymers develops, produces and markets unique environmentally friendly fire retardant technical plastics. At the end of 2013, the brand new industrial polymers plant of Frx in Antwerp was put into operation, intended to accelerate the commercialisation of production.
GlobalYeast is a Belgian-Brazilian company that develops and markets yeasts for the bioethanol industry. The company works for both first and second generation ethanol producers. It also markets industrial software that allows real-time monitoring of conversion in fermentation processes. In this way, production can be adjusted in order to make maximum use of the raw materials. GlobalYeast works with technology originating from VIB's labs.
More information on the website: www.globalyeast.com
Founded in 2007, FRX Polymers is headquartered in the USA in Chelmsford, MA. The company operates pilot plants in Chelmsford, MA and a commercial full scale production plant in Antwerp, Belgium. The company manufactures Nofia polyphosphonates, a brand of novel non-halogen, transparent, high melt flowing, fire resistant plastics. Garvis provides the next generation demand forecasting solution with their AI-based SaaS software. Investsuite is a wealth technology company offering B2B investment products as a service. Their solutions include a modular robo advisor for robotic asset management and a self-performing trading platform.
Kebony is a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects. It is sustainable, durable and requires no maintenance beyond normal cleaning. Kebony’s performance has been proven in a variety of applications including decking and cladding. Developed in Norway, the Kebony® technology is an environmentally friendly, patented process, which enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. The process permanently modifies the wood cell walls giving Kebony premium hardwood characteristics and a rich brown color.
Key Technology is a global leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield, and reduce cost. Key manufactures its products at its headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; Beusichem, the Netherlands; Hasselt, Belgium; and Redmond, Oregon, USA.
Laminaria is a company from Ostend that was founded in 2011 for the development of a buoy (at sea) to convert wave energy into electricity. Thanks to an automated height control, the buoy protects itself against storms. To build the first buoy 'to scale', the company raised funding from Qbic and PMV in 2017.
Luceda Photonics is een spin-off van IMEC die design- en simulatiesoftware voor fotonicacircuits ontwikkelt en verkoopt. Deze software is een nuttige aanvulling op software om elektronische circuits te simuleren (EDA), zeker nu fotonische circuit steeds belangrijker worden in datacommunicatie en ook daarbuiten. Luceda heeft een indrukwekkende klantenportefeuille uitgebouwd in deze jonge, maar groeiende nichemarkt.
Meer info op de website: www.lucedaphotonics.com
LUXeXceL focuses on the development of 3D technology for printing ophthalmic lenses or spectacle lenses and more specifically in the "specialty glass" segment. In addition, the technology offers new possibilities in 'smart applications' such as VR/AR or the integration of sensors in the spectacle lenses. There is a consortium of investors including SET Ventures, Munich Venture Partners, PMV and Innovation Industries.
More info on the website: www.luxexcel.com
Oxynade is the company behind the ticketing platform MyUpcoming, MijnEvent, TeleTicketEasy, Antigone Cloud Edition, Nousorganisons and Eclipse-Ticketing. They offer ticketing solutions in a variety of markets, to a wide range of clients – from local theatres to big blockbuster stadiums.
For over 30 years Newtec has developed satellite communication equipment and technologies for broadcast, government and defense, IP trunking and consumer and enterprise VSAT. Their dedicated team meets industry standards with efficient, scalable and economical solutions.
Niceberg Studios was founded in 2011.The company's management and production team have a solid background in media and entertainment industries.Niceberg's team is passionate about developing and producing computer graphics, visual effects and animation. Their main goal is producing state-of-the-art 3D/4D attraction and ride films for integration in media based attractions.
With Disqover Ontoforce offers a semantic search platform that integrates and links different life science data. The data is made navigable thanks to search engine indexing. Complex searches can be performed intuitively and faster, resulting in better results.
With its innovative 3D cameras and associated software, the Leuven scale-up Pick-it allows for extensive automation in all organisations with industrial robots. The Pick-it 3D cameras and software allow robots of all known constructors to see and grab objects in their environment. Thanks to the artificial intelligence integrated in the Pick-it software, industrial processes such as bin picking, machine loading and depalletising can be fully automated. The product was immediately able to convince a number of established values: Saint Gobain, Continental, Procter & Gamble and Hutchinson already use Pick-it in their production departments. To achieve further growth, the company raised funding from Urbain Vandeurzen and PMV in 2018.
More information on the website: www.pickit3d.com
PMV has a small shareholding in OneWelcome through the acquisitionof Scaled Access, a Leuven-based specialist in digital authorisation. OneWelcome was created in 2021 from the merger of iWelcome and Onegini. The acquisition is fully in line with the growth ambition of OneWelcome and strengthens its position as European leader in the segment of cloud-based identity and access management for external user groups.
RapidFit+ is a smart and revolutionary service offered by Materialise to provide customized jigs, fixtures and quality control solutions by exploiting the benefits of additive manufacturing. As a modular system, RapidFit+ offers a high degree of customization and accuracy while also allowing for the re-use of standardized elements.
100% natural skincare products marketed under the name SELF, a brand that values authenticity and durability and sells mainly online. All products and packaging are produced and purchased in Belgium and the Netherlands. Herself is an investment of PMV together with Jurgen Ingels.
Sentea develops advanced silicon-photonics based fiber optic sensor solutions. Applications include continuous monitoring of buildings and machines to detect damage early (thus often avoiding catastrophic consequences) and measuring the load on industrial installations in order to maximize their efficiency. Silicon Photonics is highly cost-effective, making fiber optic sensors affordable for a wide range of new markets and applications, enabling universal and continuous monitoring of structures. In order to develop and market its first products, the company raised funding from a consortium of investors including Fidimec, Finindus, PMV and QBIC II in 2018.
More information on the website: www.senteatech.com
Sputnik Media is an independent media production company that’s active in the Benelux, with offices in Antwerp (Belgium) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). They have been creating and producing engaging, modern entertainment, factual formats and television since 2002.
The Belgian label Strelli Homme focuses on the collision of casualwear and suiting, and how they can coexist in a variety of hybrid, high-impact separates. The label multiplies different kinds of pieces to show off its easy to combine spirit. Strelli Homme suggests a complete wardrobe with an effortless chic style, combining delicate materials, refined detailing and a perfect cut.
The Sweepatic Platform helps organizations avoid cyberattacks by making their attack surface less attractive to cybercriminals.Sweepatic’s mission is to make organizations more cyber resilient by mapping, monitoring and managing their online footprint. Cloud software that combines CRM, invoicing and project management in one tool. Built for an SME, it makes the process from lead to cash more efficient and can be seamlessly connected to other software.
UnifiedPost started document processing in 2001. Although the name still suggests that, the company has been doing much more than that for a long time. UnifiedPost is the European leader in fintech innovation and has developed a unique model to facilitate payment and document flows for both small and large customers within a secure cloud environment. Within that environment UnifiedPost customers can pay, sign and send invoices, documents and contracts within just about any sector.
More info on the website: www.unifiedpost.com
The aim of Unifly is to enable the safe integration of unmanned aircraft (drones or UAVs) in the airspace. It does this by developing and commercialising a management system for UAVs. For this purpose, existing aviation standards are used to visualise the location of drones. In addition, all important relevant information is "stored" and can be shared and coordinated with all interested parties such as the drone company, the pilot, but also air traffic controllers and emergency services. Unifly is a spin-off of VITO.
More information on the website: www.unifly.aero
Plug-and-play LoRaWAN™ tracking system for tracking valuable goods without connection to expensive GPS systems. Orchestration platform for automatic and real-time processing and analysis of data for Internet or Things companies, which can also be linked to existing business processes.
Willow develops a smart algorithm that largely automates marketing and communication via social media for freelancers and SMEs. For example, the software searches for interesting content to share with followers, chooses the right channels, schedules posts and generates reports on interactions. The tool is useful for players who have too little time or resources to invest in a human social media manager.
xyzt.ai is a software technology company that provides a Software-as-a-Service solution for organisations to capture, store and analyse large volumes of location data. The focus is on simplifying the complexity of dealing with large data sets and providing a highly interactive and intuitive user experience.
Yesplan came into being as a result of Arts Centre Vooruit’s search for good software to support its activities. Because it couldn’t find any solutions which were suited to the specific characteristics of the planning process for events, Vooruit decided to develop it itself. As a consequence Vooruit entered into a collaboration with Inceptive bvba, set up by three PhD software architects from the VUB. This meant that Yesplan was building on functional and cultural expertise on the one hand and technical knowhow on the other.
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Through excellence in science and technology, Biogazelle is deploying the power of RNA as source of next generation diagnostics and therapeutics for its customers and partners. Its proprietary biomarker discovery platform covers the entire workflow from study design, data generation to identification of RNA biomarkers. State-of-the-art RNA sequencing methods are used to profile the entire transcriptome (+80,000 candidate biomarkers) on clinically relevant samples (including fixed tissues and body fluids). Advanced data mining methods are applied to identify robust biomarker signatures that can be developed into a PCR-based molecular diagnostic test. Besides RNA biomarker discovery and diagnostics, Biogazelle is also active in the development of RNA targeting anti-cancer therapies, based on the silencing of specific long non-coding RNAs. The running programs focus on colon, liver and lung cancer. BlueBee has developed a secure cloud platform that simplifies access to data and tools, allowing users to easily extract insights from genomic data. Illumina Inc acquired BlueBee in June 2020.
Cartagenia, founded in 2008 as a KULeuven spin-off, provides software solutions for variant assessment and reporting of clinical genomics data from next-generation sequencing and microarrays. The Cartagenia Bench platform enables technicians, lab directors and clinicians to visualize, assess and report clinical genetics data in the context of patient information. Cartagenia was acquired in May 2015 by Agilent Technologies, a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. While the Leuven-site of Cartagenia became a bioinformatics knowledge center within the Agilent group, CEO Herman Verrelst moved to the US to lead Agilent’s Genomics Division. As from August 2017 Herman returned to Belgium to become the new CEO of Biocartis.
Celyad – previously Cardio3 BioSciences – is a biopharmaceutical company focused on translating breakthrough cell-based research into innovative therapeutics to improve the outcome of severe diseases. The Company is currently developing clinical stage cell therapies in cardiology and oncology, two healthcare segments with high unmet medical needs. eSaturnus started as a family-owned start-up providing leading clinical Video over IP solutions in the medical field. PMV invested in 2013 in eSaturnus to enable the international commercial roll-out of eSaturnus’ product portfolio. eSATURNUS's deep know-how of hospital operating room workflows, as well as IP-based video integration software, enables processing, control and distribution of multiple image sources combined with medical information. In July 2016, Sony strategically acquired eSaturnus, to complement its leading imaging and AV/IT technologies in this field. eSaturnus remains an R&D-center of excellence of the Sony-group in Leuven. Global Stem cell Technology (GST) NV is a veterinary biotech company which was founded in 2012 to develop and produce state-of-the-art stem cell products for horses and dogs. In 2018 the company signed a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim to market GST’s lead product, Arti-Cell Forte, in the EU. Arti-Cell Forte has been developed by GST and is the first-ever stem cell product in the veterinary world which was recommended marketing authorisation by the European Medicines Agency.
Founded in 2011 as a spin-off from the University of Antwerp and VIB, Multiplicom achieved end of 2012 its first CE-IVD-certification for the BRCA MASTR Dx assay for breast and ovarian cancer predisposition. It was the first company in Europe achieving a BRCA CE-IVD certification and it continues to develop and market quality controlled MPS-based assays as well as a novel NIPT assay for non-invasive prenatal testing. Multiplicom was acquired in January 2017 by Agilent Technologies Inc.
Okapi Sciences was a KULeuven spin-off, developing anti-virals for animals. The Okapi Sciences team developed a first product for feline herpes through successful field trials and had many more promising products in the pipeline, when it was acquired in January 2014 by Nasdaq-listed Aratana Therapeutics. In July 2015, the original management team established a novel spin-off company in the veterinary field, ViroVet, focusing on innovative vaccines and anti-virals for livestock animals. ViroVet is a current PMV portfolio-company. PharmaFluidics develops separation devices with an unprecedented resolution and extreme user-friendliness and robustness. The PharmaFluidics’ µPACTM micro-chip based chromatography cartridges allow to identify substantially more compounds in complex biological samples, including biopsies, proteome digests, culture media or bio-pharmaceutical actives. PharmaFluidics was founded as a spin-off of the University of Brussels (VUB) in 2010. A decade of top-level academic research provided a head-start in transforming the concept from academic research to a commercial product for a broad range of pioneers and users in the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.
Founded in 2011 as a spin-off from VIB and Ghent University, Q-Biologicals was a provider of process development and biomanufacturing services, specializing in biologicals used in therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics, such as recombinant proteins, antibodies, viruses and living cells. Amatsigroup, the leading French provider of services for the development of human and veterinary pharmaceutical products, acquired Q-Biologicals in January 2016, to become one of the few players in this sector to have a complete offering to conduct development of new biological molecules. The activities of Q-Biologicals at its site in Gent have substantially grown since its integration in Amatsigroup.
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