This first edition of the European Material & Industry Venture Forum in Ghent evidenced a strong interest in innovations for a sustainable industry (materials, circular economy and industry 4.0).
The two-day program offered a good balance of in-depth discussions, coaching sessions, pitches, one-to-one contacts and insightful keynotes and panels.
The event’s success is particularly attributable to the presence of strong entrepreneurs and most of the investors active in this field. I am confident that the intense interaction will result in investments and other forms of co-operation. Mission accomplished.

President & Head of Selection Committee of EMIVF 2017, FININDUS
         First European Materials and Industry Venture Forum exceeded our expectations. Lots of interactions between investors and companies and almost all relevant material players in Europe were present making it a unique opportunity to exchange practices in a very particular field. The atmosphere within the community brought together in Ghent was very positive and we are looking forward to further follow up of contacts and opportunities established during the forum.

Sven Vandeputte, Managing Director OCAS and FININDUS
  EM&IVF Ghent was extremely well organized and executed with a strong slate of participating companies as well as leading executives from worldwide Venture funds. The schedule allowed ample time for networking and in depth discussions, and the multi-judge panels that provided real-time feedback on company presentations was particularly valuable. This is an event I hope to be invited to attend in the future because participation was incredibly valuable.

Bryan Brister, CEO of Voltea BV
  It was very interesting and effective to have a forum specifically focused on materials related startups. This targets the right investor and entrepreneur mix to enable productive contacts and exchanges. I look forward to seeing this as an annual event.

Aruna Subramanian, SABIC Ventures

  The European Materials and Industry Venture Forum 2017 offered an excellent opportunity to network with some of the most active European investors in Industry 4.0. EMIVF offered a great show case of promising startups in the industry 4.0, industrial IoT, circular economy, and smart materials sectors.
The Investor Roundtables provided a unique setting for having meaningful discussions with fellow investors regarding future opportunities for venture capital investment in Industry 4.0.
Another great event by the Tech Tour team!

Adiari Vázquez, Caixa Capital
  The European Materials and Industry Venture Forum in Ghent was a well-organized event and easily worth attending. I met several investors with interest in our company, and found the opportunity to network with not only investors but also many entrepreneurs from young companies very valuable. Time well spent – I look forward to participating in future events like this.

Jyrki Helin, Cajo Technologies Oy
  Excellent event on an important subject, which deserves more attention. Definitely suggest to others and look forward to attending the next one.

Richard Uchrin, Independent Consultant
  The EMIVF is a fun event which gives VC, corporates and startups a fast dating opportunity.  I am impressed by the young talents among VCs and entrepreneurs: their energy, vision and effectiveness bringing good ideas to business viable products / services. 

Some new materials are truly aligned with Logitech brand: a design company delivers value to our end-users with sustainability in mind.  These materials provide unique performances our end-users would love, our manufacturing partners would love their ease to process, Logitech and the society would benefit from its re-usability.

Exchange ideas with other corporate participants is equally useful.

Hank Han, Logitech
  The European Materials & Industry Venture Forum 2017 was an excellent event; focused scope, relevant participants and very well organised – creating the ideal environment for connection investors and industry players with entrepreneurs!

Thomas Abel Sandholdt, CEO of Expanite A/S
  Event with interesting high quality investment cases and potential to interact with relevant experts out of the industry.

Kim de Boer, Chemelot Ventures
  The experience at TechTour was important for us at KREATIZE, as we were able to meet corporates with whom we can develop partnerships within the themes of materials and manufacturing. We look forward to the next Tech Tour event.

Clifford Ondara, KREATIZE
  The EMIFV brought investor ready companies, investors and corporates together in a very efficient setting using short formal presentations, prearranged matchmaking and networking time. High focus and very time effective.

Joost Waeterloos, The Dow Chemical Company
  Excellent event on an important subject, which deserves more attention. Definitely suggest to others and look forward to attending the next one.

Johan Geysen, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  A comprehensive spark of new ideas and technologies was demonstrated, and I look forward to see successful implementation in the coming years. The event was also a great platform, and very useful to shorten & ease communication channels and also enabling first steps of venture financing.

Martin Tauber, CRM Alliance
  Agreeable and efficient networking events. Interesting high level startup pitches. Fruitful business meetings with relevant entrepreneurs and investors. Very well organized event.

Nicolas Franck, SAFRAN
  The European Materials and Industry Venture Forum is an industry platform, which helps investors to analyze the latest trends in this sector, meet great entrepreneurs as well as the relevant players from large corporations and highly specialized, hidden champions from all over Europe.

Dr. Rolf Nagel, Founder of Munich Venture Partners & Governing Board Member of the EIT
  A great targeted event focusing specifically on industrially relevant technology in materials and manufacturing.Out of the shadow of the ICT and MedTech space usually occupying a large part of the investment events.

Hans Maenhout, Finindus NV
  Well organized event with a high score of innovative startups in the materials space.

Dirk Noordegraaf, SABIC Ventures B.V.
  A proof of professional understanding of a new investment environment

Ruggero Recchioni, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.
  Agreeable and efficient networking events. Interesting high level startup pitches. Fruitful business meetings with relevant entrepreneurs and investors. Very well organized event.

Thorsten Groene, Cevotec
  I was really impressed by the number and quality of the presenting start-ups and scale-ups.  In the era of booming ICT business I did not expect so many good companies in the somewhat neglected field of Materials and Industrial Processes.  This forum will give those dreaming of a start-up in this sector a boost.

Dr. Danny Gonnissen, Qbic
  The TechTour European Materials and Industry venture forum was a great platform to connect not only with interesting companies, but also with like-minded investors.

Ms. Lucy Rands, ETF Partners