Tech Tour Benelux - meet potential investors & partners

Join IPACSO and participate in the upcoming Benelux Tech Tour, May 19-21, 2015.


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Benelux Tech Tour 2015

The Benelux Tech Tour will take place across 3 days on May 19-21 2015 and will showcase 75 world-class, high-tech innovative companies from the Benelux region, top international speakers & 10 entrepreneurial success stories from the region talking about their road to success.

To be able to deliver a unique on-the-road event, Tech Tour, and iMinds have joined forces to deliver an ambitious program for international investors taking them on a tour of the top locations in the region and showcasing its top entrepreneurs.

For Investors the event brings the opportunity to see 50 emerging companies and 25 of the top selected growth companies from the region present at the event. The selection of companies will be across a range of high-tech sectors.

Entrepreneurs who participate will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet 100+ investors from the Benelux region and beyond that are seeking to grow their portfolio with innovative companies from the Benelux. The objectives of this mission are to identify the upcoming and leading top privately held companies from the Benelux Region and to promote investment by bringing international investors together with the region's next wave of entrepreneurs.

Why Should You Attend?

Join 100+ local and international entrepreneurs, investors, cluster managers, start-up incubators, private bankers, fund managers from the Benelux, USA, Asia and wider Europe for:Three Days Of Quality Relationship Building with Investors, CEO's and Decision Makers In A Dynamic Programme That Moves Between 3 Great Benelux Technology Hotspots
Meet 25 Growth Company Leaders Looking To Fast-Track Expansion & Join Live Pitches By 50 Emerging Company Leaders Looking For Series A/B Investments

How the Benelux Tech Tour Works
The Tech Tour and organising partners, iMinds and, reach out to their extensive networks of entrepreneurs and call for applications to present at the event.
A Selection Committee and Investor Jury made up of seasoned International Venture Capitalists, screens, chooses and invites CEO’s of the 50 best emerging companies and 25 top growth companiesin the Benelux.
The selected companies each present their business plans to investors and receive feedback.
The event format allows for the maximum networking so that investors and entrepreneurs can meet and get to know one-another.

Why the Tech Tour is unique?
Tech Tour events are organised by investors for investors.
The Tech Tour hallmark is quality, only the best innovative companies are selected to present to an exclusive group of European and International investors.
The Tech Tour’s unique format means that delegates are in constant movement, touring 3 key technology hubs in Belgium and the Netherlands. From years of experience we know that time spent on the move with other delegates creates wonderful opportunities to really speak to one another and make lasting connections.


Presenting Company Applications

Entrepreneurs– Why apply to present?
The Benelux Tech Tour will bring a delegation of 100+ investors of the highest caliber, who are actively looking to invest in Benelux companies
The Tech Tour does not charge selected companies to present, selection is on merit only
Emerging companies are invited to attend a preparatory Venture Academy and Growth companies have the chance to attend a CEO Masterclass in the month prior to the event
The selected 75 finalists will each present their business plans to senior partners, vice presidents and CEO`s from the global venture capital and technology industry.
One2One meetings are offered to entrepreneurs so that they have the chance to meet with the key investors on their radar
In addition, entrepreneurs benefit from networking opportunities, local and international media exposure and potential opportunities to secure funding.

Application is open to companies based in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg from two different stages of development:

1) Emerging companies seeking seed to series B funding.
2) Growth stage companies seeking series C and onwards funding, and/or international partnership.

Companies must be active in:
Internet / Media
Clean technology
Life sciences
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015.

Apply as an Emerging Stage Company

Apply as a Growth Stage Company

The application process requires you:
to complete your profile*
upload a general company presentation
upload latest business plan or executive summary (optional)
There is no charge to apply and no fee for selected companies to attend the event (only your own travel and accommodation) – selection is only merit-based.

* Financials are not mandatory but advisable. Please refrain from disclosing confidential information.


For more information, please visit the TechTour Benelux website.


Global Startup Report 2015 are updating their excellent 2012 Startup Genome report in the spring of 2015. 

Starters and entrepeneurs are challenged to participate and influence the report by participating the survey, which are the foundation of the report. 

Building on the success of the first ecosystem report in 2012, the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Report will compare the top ecosystems and help stakeholders improve their ecosystem by identifying its strengths and weaknesses.

Support your startup community and participate in the survey. 


You can also find some other interesting resources, such as the 

Reports : 

  1. The Startup Genome Report 
  2. The Startup Ecosystem Report 2012
  3. Why Startups Fail and Premature Scaling

Blogs : 

  1. The Startup Revolution - The Great Transition 
  2. A Deep Dive into the Anatomy of Premature Scaling 
  3. The Rise of Startup Ecosystems: Silicon Valley vs. New York vs. London 
  4. The Entrepreneurial Enlightenment 

IPACSO Award Winner Sedicii also awarded by #EYStartup Challenge UK via

The winner of the IPACSO Privacy Innovation Awards on October 23rd in Brussel, is growing the number of it prizes. 

On December 11th, they were awarded by the UK #EYStartup Challenge that took place in the Cyber Security Incubator

Or more on Sedicii can be found on the Sedicii company profile at the IPACSO list of innovative European Privacy Companies

Sedicii uses a mathematical algorithm to verify your information or password without actually sending it to a website for verification. On the front end, things look the same for the user entering a password, their address or other information. Instead of storing all this data on a website, that could be hacked into and resulting in a databreach of personal data, thanks to this Identity as a Service solution, the website has less to worry about. 

A Techcrunch videoblog by Rob Leslie, the Sedicii CEO.


A 5-step guide to ‘ideation’ for start-ups: Right Click Capital’s


This article was published by BRW (Business Review Weekly) Australia.


Some notes from the IPACSO editors : "Where to start?" is typically not the question for innovative entrepeneurs. Innovators and entrepeneurs are typically bursting with ideas. But what to do with all of these ideas. There is a basic process called ideation, which is helpful for both innovators, entrepeneurs, researchers and people considering their first steps in innovation. Here's more about this. 

For a more structured approach, please also refer to the innovation models and the IPACSO Innovation Framework.

A 5-step guide to ‘ideation’ for start-ups: Right Click Capital’s Benjamin Chong

Published 14 January 2015 09:52, Updated 15 January 2015 06:00

"Ideation comes from the words “idea” and “creation”. It’s the process of not just creating but also evaluating ideas so you can extract the most viable concepts. The purpose of ideation is to help entrepreneurs develop new business concepts, products and strategies.

Here’s step-by-step guide on how you can come up with winning ideas.

Step 1: Brainstorm

The initial part of the ideation process is brainstorming, or the process of collecting ideas in a group. During brainstorming, every idea counts and should be heard. The goal is to gather as many ideas as possible without criticism and just let creative juices flow.

I was recently involved in a directed brainstorming session where we were asked to come up with 25 ideas to a business problem in five minutes. Using a stopwatch, this meant we had to come up with a solution every 10 seconds or so, leaving little time to criticise each idea. After the five minutes were up we actually generated 31 ideas, beating the target!

Step 2: Evaluation

After you have gathered ideas, the next step is to evaluate them one by one. For each idea you generate, I recommend asking these questions:

Are you passionate about the idea?
Can you see yourself working on it in the next decade or so?
Is the idea simple and easy to explain?
Does it have a revenue stream?
Is the idea unique or better than what is out there?
If the answer is no, then it’s best to kill that idea. Why? Starting a new business is harder and takes longer than you think.

A few years ago, I was keen on exploring a home meal replacement business. With more people living in apartments and pressed for time, it seemed like a logical growing market. My business partner and I gathered lots of statistics, visited factories and conducted a bunch of market research. In the end we didn’t proceed because we couldn’t see ourselves doing this for the next decade or so.

Repeat the evaluation process for all your ideas.

Step 3: Research

The next step is to research the remaining ideas. Conduct your own informal market research and constantly listen to the sounds of the marketplace. Find out who has succeeded in a similar field and who has failed. Identify your target market, talk to them about your concept and discern if there’s a real need for your idea.

The goal of research is to help you make informed decisions and reduce your risk of failure. Once you have the information that you need, trim down your ideas list and retain only those that have potential to succeed.

Step 4: Discuss

Discuss the remaining ideas to anyone and everyone who would care to listen. Conduct surveys to hundreds of potential customers (not just your mother!), interview experienced entrepreneurs, advertise your idea in social networks, create a prototype and see how the market responds. Retain the most promising idea.

Step 5: Kill the idea

After you have identified your best idea, then it’s time to kill it. Be the devil’s advocate. Find holes in your idea and question its validity.

The goal of this exercise is to find out if the idea will stand test of time and scrutiny. If it survives, then you have an idea with a better chance of succeeding. If it doesn’t, then it’s time to move on and start the ideation process anew.

Benjamin Chong has a track record of investing in and building successful internet-related businesses over the last 15 years. He is a partner at Right Click Capital, a general partner at Sydney Seed Fund and a director of Sydney Founder Institute."



IPACSO's Privacy Innovations Panel at the CPDP2015 Conference


IPACSO Project hosted the Annual Privacy Innovation Panel @ CPDP2015 on Thursday January 22nd, 16.45h

IPACSO will hosted a panel discussion on Privacy innovations, together with a group of Privacy innovators, aiming to discover and discuss different business models, innovative approaches, opportunities and challenges for Innovative companies and business in the domain of Privacy and related.



Privacy Innovator Panel : from left to right : Giovanni Verhaeghe (Vasco Data Security, Belgium), Toby Weir-Jones (Blackphone, US), Pierre Chastanet (EC, Belgium), Marcel Van Galen (QiY Foundation, Netherlands), Paula Bruening (Intel, US), Richard Coady (Sedicii, Ireland). 



For the presentation and the company documentation, download here.



business ••••• policy •

organised by LSEC & IPACSO – project

Chair Giovanni Verhaeghe, Director Innvations Vasco Data Security & IPACSO Partner (BE)

Moderator Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO LSEC & IPACSO Partner (BE)

Panel Toby Weir-Jones, CEO Blackphone (CH), Richard Coady Sedicii (IE), Marcel Van Galen CEO QiY (NL), Paula Bruening Senior Counsel Global Privacy Policy Intel Corporation (US), Pierre Chastanet Deputy Head of Unit Trust & Security European Commission (BE) (TBC)


In the course of 2014 many innovative privacy products got mainstream.  From new types of internet firewalls to special pouches ensuring your cell phone or GPS could not be traced. A whole new market of commercial opportunities and solutions has seen the light, serving the needs of the privacy sensitive. The demand exists, is persistent and growing. It drives innovation and the development of new products, technologies, services and approaches. Entrepreneurs are ceasing the opportunity, marketers are developing the market, and researchers are trying to find the next breakthrough. There is no way back.  But what’s next? But how mature is this market? How to determine fab from fad? Many claimed solutions are not always what they pretend to be, with and without prejudice. As investments are rolling in, how to ensure that the right approaches can be protected against the hoaxes?

In this panel, we’ll have the entrepreneurs and innovators presenting their story and their vision, but we’ll go beyond. Trying to understand the next steps, from research to innovation, from paper to product. What are the hurdles and challenges to be faced. From startup to developing  a mature business, are there other considerations than in any other industry or domain? What are the differentiators and commonalities? From dominant market player back to innovator: using privacy as a differentiator in a competitive environment. How could other large market operators cease the opportunity from these privacy innovations? The panel will address some of the typical, and specific challenges privacy innovators will face, from the experiences from companies such as Blackphone and Silent Circle, QiY, Sedicii and Intel are facing in their day to day developments. Learn about their privacy products, services and solutions and how they could address direct needs, and challenge them in the current privacy debate.

Individuals will be able to learn from potential solutions and additional costs to preserve their right to privacy. Researchers can learn from the challenges from idea to product. Privacy and Security Officers, company representatives will be able to learn how to integrate privacy related business models into their own services platforms and cooperating with these innovative services. Policy makers will be able to continue to identify the challenges of the privacy in balance, how they can support innovation in this domain and need to seek ways to support organizations in promoting privacy, instead of only considering the repressive measures.

Each presenter will be asked to present his perspective and offerings, followed by an interactive debate. The key learnings for participants will be: drivers and challenges to privacy innovation, market interest and privacy protecting tools and solutions.


More about SEDICII :

Sedicii’s patented authentication technology protects the privacy of personal user information for both individuals and organisations in that it eliminates the need to transmit or store this data when authenticating users online. Using a proven cryptographic protocol of Zero Knowledge Proof, Sedicii can support all organisations and individuals in securing their identity and personal identifiable information required to verify identity and authenticate. Further information is available from


More about Blackphone & Toby-Weir Jones : 




IPACSO is about supporting privacy & cyber security innovators in Europe. We welcome new privacy and cyber security innovators to get in touch with IPACSO, to participate in events, apply the IPACSO Security & Privacy Innovation Framework to their business, and compete in the second edition of the IPACSO European Cyber Security & Privacy Innovation Awards in 2015. Join the LinkedIn Group, Click Here

CPDP 2015: Data on the Move | Privacy & Innovation Panel

Organized by LSEC & the IPACSO – Project
CPDP Conference, Thursday January 22nd, 16.45pm
Chair: Mr. Bart Renard, Vasco Data Security (BE)
Moderator: Mr. Ulrich Seldeslachts, LSEC - IPACSO (BE)

- Marcel van Galen, (NL)
- Richard Coady, Sedicii (IE)
- Toby Weir-Jones blackphone (CH) (tbc)
- Innovation Action EC H2020 (tbc)


Similar as with security, privacy is considered being a cost to most organizations. Today, it is still more profitable to gain money on top of individuals' personal and private data, then it is of protecting them. Some innovative for profit companies are trying to make a business out of ensuring privacy. The main purpose of this panel is to discover the business models, challenges, pitfalls and best practices of privacy related innovative companies, whilst identifying some innovative services and technologies. Individuals will be able to learn from potential solutions and additional costs to preserve their right to privacy. Privacy and Security Officers, company representatives will be able to learn how to integrate these business models into their own services platforms and cooperating with these innovative services. Policy makers will be able to continue to identify the challenges of the privacy inbalance, how they can support innovation in this domain and need to seek ways to support organizations in promoting privacy, instead of only considering the repressive measures.

Each presenter will be asked to present his perspective and offerings, during 10 to 15 minutes, followed by an interactive debate. The key learnings for participants will be: drivers and challenges to privacy innovation, market interest and privacy protecting tools and solutions.

More information & registration for CPDP2015: Click here

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