Meet the team

Sofie Baeten
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Sofie Baeten

Sofie Baeten, PhD, has an extensive track record in venture capital. She started her career at Mercedes and Bekaert before being active as managing partner at several investment funds such as Capital-E, an early stage investment fund in micro-electronics and advanced materials, Gimv and Baekeland Fonds II, a venture capital fund of the University of Ghent.

She was involved in start-up and development financing of a great number of innovating companies, and currently holds a Director position at Aloxy (Chair), Blue Foot Membranes (Chair), iFLUX, QustomDot (Chair) and Accelleran.

She obtained a MSc degree in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Ghent, a PhD from the University of Leuven and a Master in Entrepreneurship from Vlerick Business School.

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Sofie Baeten

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Sofie Baeten

Sofie Baeten, PhD, has an extensive track record in venture capital. She started her career at Mercedes and Bekaert before being active as managing partner at several investment funds such as Capital-E, an early stage investment fund in micro-electronics and advanced materials, Gimv and Baekeland Fonds II, a venture capital fund of the University of Ghent.

She was involved in start-up and development financing of a great number of innovating companies, and currently holds a Director position at Aloxy (Chair), Blue Foot Membranes (Chair), iFLUX, QustomDot (Chair) and Accelleran.

She obtained a MSc degree in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Ghent, a PhD from the University of Leuven and a Master in Entrepreneurship from Vlerick Business School.

Managing Partner/CEO

Jean Van Nuwenborg
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Jean Van Nuwenborg

Jean Van Nuwenborg, PhD. MBA, combines a scientific and business background. Following a career start as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company and as a CEO of a young company, Jean has been active as a Venture Capital and Private Equity partner for over a decade at Theodorus, specialized in Biotech and Med-Science spin-offs.

He accompanied numerous capital increases and currently holds director positions at Aquatic Science (Chair), EyeD Pharma and Abscint (Chair).

He obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.

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Jean Van Nuwenborg

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Jean Van Nuwenborg

Jean Van Nuwenborg, PhD. MBA, combines a scientific and business background. Following a career start as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company and as a CEO of a young company, Jean has been active as a Venture Capital and Private Equity partner for over a decade at Theodorus, specialized in Biotech and Med-Science spin-offs.

He accompanied numerous capital increases and currently holds director positions at Aquatic Science (Chair), EyeD Pharma and Abscint (Chair).

He obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.

Managing Partner

Martin De Prycker
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Martin De Prycker

Martin De Prycker had several positions at Alcatel-Lucent: from 1982 to 1996 he held a number of technology innovation management positions, from 1993 to 2000 he was founder and president of the Internet Access Division and between 1999 and 2002 he was CTO of Alcatel.

Between 2002 and 2009, he was CEO of Barco, a public company with world leading visualisation technology with over 1 B€ revenues worldwide.

Between 2009 and 2013 he was founder and CEO of Caliopa, a technology startup in silicon photonics He was involved in venture capital as an advisor to GIMV and Waterland between 2000 and 2012. He joined Qbic I as a managing partner in 2012.

Martin holds a Ph.D. in computer sciences and an M.Sc. in Electronics all from the university of Ghent as well as an MBA from the University of Antwerp.

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Martin De Prycker

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Martin De Prycker

Martin De Prycker had several positions at Alcatel-Lucent: from 1982 to 1996 he held a number of technology innovation management positions, from 1993 to 2000 he was founder and president of the Internet Access Division and between 1999 and 2002 he was CTO of Alcatel.

Between 2002 and 2009, he was CEO of Barco, a public company with world leading visualisation technology with over 1 B€ revenues worldwide.

Between 2009 and 2013 he was founder and CEO of Caliopa, a technology startup in silicon photonics He was involved in venture capital as an advisor to GIMV and Waterland between 2000 and 2012. He joined Qbic I as a managing partner in 2012.

Martin holds a Ph.D. in computer sciences and an M.Sc. in Electronics all from the university of Ghent as well as an MBA from the University of Antwerp.

Managing Partner

Steven Leuridan
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Steven Leuridan

Steven Leuridan, PhD, has a passion for all projects where engineering and finance meet, especially when focused on medical applications. Steven has a background in engineering and has passed all three exams of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. During his period as a PhD researcher, Steven co-founded Equilli, a sleep products business. Steven has published extensively on his research, with over 50 international journal, book chapter or conference publications and is the holder of two patents. Prior to joining the Qbic team, Steven was active within a Belgian family office for which he served in several start-up or later stage boards as a Director or Observer. Steven’s first-hand experience with the valorization journey of academic research proved a natural fit for the portfolio companies Qbic is targeting.

Steven holds a MSc in Engineering Sciences and a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering, both from the University of Leuven.

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Steven Leuridan

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Steven Leuridan

Steven Leuridan, PhD, has a passion for all projects where engineering and finance meet, especially when focused on medical applications. Steven has a background in engineering and has passed all three exams of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. During his period as a PhD researcher, Steven co-founded Equilli, a sleep products business. Steven has published extensively on his research, with over 50 international journal, book chapter or conference publications and is the holder of two patents. Prior to joining the Qbic team, Steven was active within a Belgian family office for which he served in several start-up or later stage boards as a Director or Observer. Steven’s first-hand experience with the valorization journey of academic research proved a natural fit for the portfolio companies Qbic is targeting.

Steven holds a MSc in Engineering Sciences and a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering, both from the University of Leuven.

Junior Partner

Cédric Van Nevel
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Cédric Van Nevel

Cédric Van Nevel has a strong interest in new and upcoming technologies and the impact they can generate on our society and daily life. He started his career as a strategic consultant at Boston Consulting Group, before building further experience in the energy sector through a number of management positions at Fluxys (ranging from M&A to construction). Prior to joining Qbic, Cédric was responsible for the venturing activities of Bekaert, actively scouting for relevant technologies, setting up collaborations and holding a number of advisory board positions in international funds.

He holds a MSc in Electronics from the University of Ghent.

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Cédric Van Nevel

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Cédric Van Nevel

Cédric Van Nevel has a strong interest in new and upcoming technologies and the impact they can generate on our society and daily life. He started his career as a strategic consultant at Boston Consulting Group, before building further experience in the energy sector through a number of management positions at Fluxys (ranging from M&A to construction). Prior to joining Qbic, Cédric was responsible for the venturing activities of Bekaert, actively scouting for relevant technologies, setting up collaborations and holding a number of advisory board positions in international funds.

He holds a MSc in Electronics from the University of Ghent.

Junior Partner

Sara Vandenwijngaert
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Sara Vandenwijngaert

Sara Vandenwijngaert, PhD, has a background in life sciences and a passion for the valorization of innovative science. She obtained a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine and many years conducted or led biomedical research, both at the University of Leuven and Harvard Medical School. Afterwards, she managed the clinical science at the One Brave Idea initiative in Boston, a research enterprise funded by Verily, AstraZeneca and the American heart Association. Upon her return to Belgium, Sara managed a group in charge of clinical trials prior to joining the Qbic team. Her goal remains to translate great science into application and she strongly believes that the eco-system that Qbic helps shape enables big strides forward.

Sara holds a MSc and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Leuven.

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Sara Vandenwijngaert

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Sara Vandenwijngaert

Sara Vandenwijngaert, PhD, has a background in life sciences and a passion for the valorization of innovative science. She obtained a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine and many years conducted or led biomedical research, both at the University of Leuven and Harvard Medical School. Afterwards, she managed the clinical science at the One Brave Idea initiative in Boston, a research enterprise funded by Verily, AstraZeneca and the American heart Association. Upon her return to Belgium, Sara managed a group in charge of clinical trials prior to joining the Qbic team. Her goal remains to translate great science into application and she strongly believes that the eco-system that Qbic helps shape enables big strides forward.

Sara holds a MSc and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Leuven.

Investment Manager

Marc Zabeau
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Marc Zabeau

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Marc Zabeau

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Marc Zabeau

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Managing Partner

Guy Huylebroeck
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Guy Huylebroeck

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Guy Huylebroeck

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Guy Huylebroeck

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Investment Partner

Danny Gonnissen
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Danny Gonnissen

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Danny Gonnissen

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Danny Gonnissen

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Investment Partner

Qbic II Advisors

Sophie Manigart

Sophie Manigart

LP Committee Chair

Eric Peeters

Eric Peeters

Advisory Board Expert

Dirk Wauters

Dirk Wauters

Advisory Board Expert

Pierre Rion

Pierre Rion

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Katleen Vandersmissen

Katleen Vandersmissen

Advisory Board Expert

Johan Brants

Johan Brants

Advisory Board Expert