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29 November 2017

Vančura leaves RBVC to join Imec

Imec had a first close at €60m for the fund, Imec.xpand, earlier this year, Vančura said, and was targeting up to €100m ($114m) in the second by February.

Author: James Mawson, editor-in-chief

Cyril Vančura (pictured), investment principal at Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), the corporate venturing unit of the eponymous Germany-based industrial goods company, has left to join IMEC, a Belgium-based micro and nano-electronic research centre.

Imec had a first close at €60m for the fund, Imec.xpand, earlier this year, Vančura said, and was targeting up to  €100m ($114m) in the second by February.

Initially managed by Tom Vanhoutte and Peter Vanbekbergen, Imec.xpand will back both Imec spinouts and external startups, but will in that case focus on early-stage projects where Imec’s technology, expertise and infrastructure can make a meaningful difference to the development.

In mid-2011, RBVC linked up with venture capital firms Capricorn and LRM to invest in Belgian clean-tech company Epigan.

Vančura has been investing for RBVC since the start of 2009, particularly in enabling technologies.

– Image courtesy of LinkedIn

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