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Investments

36

Portfolio Exits

6

Funds

3

About Qbic Venture Partners

Qbic Fund is an inter-university venture capital fund focusing on the transformation of technological breakthroughs into sustainable business. Qbic Fund seeks to invest in spin-off companies of the universities of Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp, leveraging the creativity of more than 8,500 researchers. This strategic alliance provides a sufficient level of critical mass to set up a sizeable, professionally managed fund. The fund mainly targets life sciences, new materials, cleantech, and ICT start-ups.

Qbic Venture Partners Headquarter Location

Soenenspark 56

Ghent, 9051,

Belgium

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Argus Labs raises US$ 2M, changes name to Sentiance, and expands its management team

Apr 13, 2017

Argus Labs rebrands itself as Sentiance, as the company moves out of concept development and rolls out its platform to clients and partners worldwide. Sentiance has closed a US$ 2M round, led by Qbic and joined by Volta Ventures, with participation of angel investors Michel Akkermans (Clear2Pay) and Will Margiloff (IgnitionOne). “We at Qbic are thrilled by Sentiance’s vision to unlock the true potential of a smartphone by using sensor data to derive context, thus enabling truly personalized services. What you want when you want it: this is a very powerful value proposition. Our fund has the expertise and network to assist Sentiance’s strong management team in growing this disruptive technology into a worldwide market success”, says Guy Huylebroeck, Investment Partner at Qbic Venture Partners. “Volta Ventures is always looking for strong teams and promising startups that have the ability to disrupt markets globally. Sentiance’s smart contextualization, based on sensor and Internet of Things analytics, is simply impressive. Its unique approach of ambient profiling holds the key to building personas and profiles that Facebook or Google are missing out on”, says Frank Maene, Managing Partner at Volta Ventures. Sentiance also substantially broadened its management team with Toon Vanparys as CEO and Frank Verbist as CTO, who both joined in October last year. Toon and Frank joined the company as early seed investors, after having sold their previous venture Netmining (now IgnitionOne) to Dentsu plc. They bring an extensive background in the profiling, customer engagement and personalization industry, and years of leading technical experience, including the development of high-transaction platforms in the advertising and targeting industry. As we transition out of the ‘labs’ phase into a market-ready product, we decided to change the name to better reflect our mission statement from mobile data to smart life. We enable our clients to build intelligent and context aware mobile experiences, by bringing sentient capabilities to smart-phones and connected devices worldwide“, says Toon Vanparys, CEO of Sentiance. “Based on what we see in the market, the opportunities for mobile personalization and engagement in the era of smart-phones, wearables and IOT are simply huge, and we’re only at the beginning of this revolution.”, says Toon, as Sentiance already signed up their first clients in the mobility, insurance, healthcare and media industry. “We are excited to work with our new investors, their domain know-how and international experience will definitely help us expand internationally.”   About Sentiance Sentiance unlocks contextual mobile experiences by mining sensor data on smartphones, wearables and connected devices. Sentiance enables companies worldwide to tap into a new level of mobile personalization and engagement. From mobile data to smart life. http://www.sentiance.com About Qbic Qbic Arkiv Fund is an interuniversity risk capital fund investing in spin offs of the universities UGent, VUB, UAntwerpen, their associated Colleges and university hospitals, and VITO. Qbic has € 36,7 million under management. Qbic invests in starting companies and provides hands-on support in their journey toward commercial success. Qbic Arkiv Fund is a joint initiative with ARKimedes-Fund II (ARKimedes is an initiative of ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen NV and the Flemish Region). http://www.qbic.be About Volta Ventures Volta Ventures Arkiv invests in young and ambitious internet and software companies in the Benelux. The fund’s team, with active support from some 30 business angels, expects to make a substantial impact on every company it invests in by working with the founders and management to identify new markets and customers, hire senior talent, provide ongoing guidance and arrange further financing rounds. Volta Ventures Arkiv is supported by ARKimedes-Fund II (an initiative of ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen NV and the Flemish Region) and the European Investment Fund.

Qbic Venture Partners Investments

36 Investments

Qbic Venture Partners has made 36 investments. Their latest investment was in Cascador Health as part of their Series A on March 3, 2022.

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Qbic Venture Partners Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

3/22/2022

Series A

Cascador Health

$3.71M

Yes

4

12/6/2021

Unattributed VC

Trince

$4.51M

Yes

Novalis Biotech, and Undisclosed Investors

5

10/7/2021

Seed VC - II

Sentea

$2.67M

No

1

5/27/2021

Series B

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$99M

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10

11/30/2020

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

3/22/2022

12/6/2021

10/7/2021

5/27/2021

11/30/2020

Round

Series A

Unattributed VC

Seed VC - II

Series B

Series B

Company

Cascador Health

Trince

Sentea

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Amount

$3.71M

$4.51M

$2.67M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Novalis Biotech, and Undisclosed Investors

Sources

4

5

1

10

10

Qbic Venture Partners Portfolio Exits

6 Portfolio Exits

Qbic Venture Partners has 6 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Biogazelle on December 14, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

12/14/2021

Acquired

2

11/19/2021

Acquired

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10

11/1/2021

Acquired

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10

7/1/2021

IPO

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$99M

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10

10/11/2018

Acquired

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10

Date

12/14/2021

11/19/2021

11/1/2021

7/1/2021

10/11/2018

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

IPO

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

2

10

10

10

10

Qbic Venture Partners Fund History

3 Fund Histories

Qbic Venture Partners has 3 funds, including Qbic III.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

3/17/2022

Qbic III

$54.04M

1

1/9/2017

Qbic I Fund

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$99M

10

1/9/2017

Qbic II

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$99M

10

Closing Date

3/17/2022

1/9/2017

1/9/2017

Fund

Qbic III

Qbic I Fund

Qbic II

Fund Type

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Amount

$54.04M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

Qbic Venture Partners Team

4 Team Members

Qbic Venture Partners has 4 team members, including current Managing Partner, Martin de Prycker.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Martin de Prycker

Managing Partner

Current

Marc Zabeau

Managing Partner

Current

Guy Huylebroeck

Investment Partner

Current

Els Hubloux

Pronota, Capricorn Partners, KBC Private Equity, KBC Securities, and Quest for Growth

Investment Partner

Former

Name

Martin de Prycker

Marc Zabeau

Guy Huylebroeck

Els Hubloux

Work History

Pronota, Capricorn Partners, KBC Private Equity, KBC Securities, and Quest for Growth

Title

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Investment Partner

Investment Partner

Status

Current

Current

Current

Former

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