VASCO and iMinds Collaborate to Fuel Growth of Technology Start-ups in Flanders

Brussels and Ghent – June 2nd, 2015 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc., a global leader in authentication, digital signatures, and identity management, today pledged its support for digital start-ups from iMinds, the digital research and incubation center of Flanders (Belgium).

VASCO joins forces with iMinds to expand iMinds’ iStart incubation program for digital start-ups. VASCO will advise iMinds’ start-ups on the use of security and authentication technologies, assist them with implementing strategies, and for those selected, provide them with financial resources to accelerate growth.

“Authentication and security are critically important in this increasingly connected and digital world,” says Danny Goderis, Acting CEO at iMinds. “Through the iMinds - VASCO partnership, our start-ups can benefit from VASCO’s leading expertise in this domain. In return, VASCO will have direct and easy access to some of Flanders’ most promising technologies and start-ups.”

“For VASCO, these start-ups can be an important source of new ideas, going further than the authentication area we already know so well,” says Jan Valcke, President and COO at VASCO Data Security. “We look forward to matching our strategic and operational experience with the start-ups’ innovative concepts and ideas.”

The program with VASCO is part of iMinds’ strategy to reinforce the digital start-up ecosystem in Flanders: giving local start-ups fertile ground in which they can grow, while getting them in touch with world-class partners. Each year, iMinds selects 20 to 25 promising start-ups and provides them with extensive business, logistical and financial support in their quest for international success. In 2014, iMinds’ iStart business incubation program was selected among the Global Top 25 University Business Incubators by the UBI Index, after a screening of more than 300 incubation programs from 67 countries.

About iMinds

iMinds – the digital research center of Flanders, Belgium – combines the strength of its 900+ researchers at five Flemish universities to conduct strategic and applied research in areas such as ICT, Media and Health. Together with its research partners (companies, governments and non-profit organizations), iMinds translates digital know-how into concrete products and services. In addition, iMinds supports researchers, young entrepreneurs and start-ups in the successful market introduction of their ideas.



VASCO is a world leader in providing two-factor authentication and digital signature solutions to financial institutions. More than half of the top 100 global banks rely on VASCO solutions to enhance security, protect mobile applications and meet regulatory requirements. VASCO also secures access to data and applications in the cloud, and provides tools for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their web-based and mobile applications. VASCO enables more than 10,000 customers in 100 countries to secure access, manage identities, verify transactions, and protect assets across financial, enterprise, E-commerce, government and healthcare markets. Learn more about VASCO at and on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


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