iMinds and Cresco Join Forces to Provide Flemish Start-ups with Hands-on (Legal) Advice

Ghent – September 3, 2014. Cresco, a Flemish law firm, will be providing legal support to start-ups that participate in the iStart incubation program of iMinds, the digital research center of Flanders (Belgium). The objective is to prepare the start-ups even better for the future, making them aware of a number of sensitivities and potential pitfalls.

iMinds’ iStart incubation program has recently been selected by the Swedish UBI Index as one of the top-25 University Business Incubators worldwide. Each year, iStart supports 20 to 25 start-ups.

Cresco Offers Free Workshops and One-on-One Coaching

To help prepare these Flemish start-ups even better for (international) growth and to provide them with a firm foundation, the law firm will be organizing free workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions in the framework of iStart. They will also make certain standard contracts available. As such, start-ups can be informed even sooner of relevant business and legal considerations (such as attracting partners or securing additional financing). 

Making Starters Aware of Sensitivities and Potential Pitfalls

David Dessers, managing partner at Cresco, explains why the firm is investing in this structural partnership: “At Cresco, we are passionate about entrepreneurship and contributing to entrepreneurial growth. We realize that Cresco and its lawyers are an integral part of the business and investment community, and see it as our duty to contribute to the future and growth of that community. Through Cresco Academy, we are happy to team up with iMinds - one of the leading business incubators - and its digital start-ups. We firmly believe that iMinds and its partners provide these start-ups with the necessary knowledge, knowhow, insights and network to exponentially grow their activities, thus contributing to overall economic growth.”

Sven De Cleyn, incubation programs manager at iMinds, outlines the importance of this partnership: “This collaboration agreement not only extends our existing offering towards start-ups and entrepreneurs; on top of this, Cresco - a law firm specialized in entrepreneurship - is able to provide starters with a solid legal foundation in an early stage. As such, our start-ups are increasingly prepared for the future, making them aware of a number of sensitivities and potential pitfalls.”

Reinforcing the iStart Offering

This structural partnership with Cresco fits iMinds’ strategy to reinforce its iStart offering for start-ups and entrepreneurs. It complements previous collaboration agreements with Microsoft (who offers start-ups 3 years of free software through its BizSpark program) and Telenet (providing iMinds start-ups with one year of free connectivity).

About iMinds

iMinds – the digital research center of Flanders, Belgium – combines the strength of its 850+ 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. More information: (Twitter: @iMinds)



About Cresco

Cresco is a renowned business law firm serving the business and legal needs of entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies and investors. Cresco’s lawyers combine years of international legal experience with business expertise acquired through extensive in-house experience at leading companies active in a broad range of sectors and industries. Cresco provides innovative legal services to its clients' advisory, operational, litigation and transactional needs, helping to solve fundamental business issues. Cresco has market-leading capabilities and thorough experience in private equity and venture capital, emerging and growth companies, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology and innovation counseling, entrepreneur and executive guidance, complex commercial agreements, real estate and dispute resolution, as well as in a large variety of operational legal, contractual and strategic matters. More information:


  • David Dessers, Managing Partner Cresco - / +32 496 58 98 33
  • Cresco Advocaten CVBA, Lange Kievitstraat 118-120, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium / +32 3 206 75 10


Twitter: @crescoadvocaten