Wim De Waele
Wim De Waele is CEO at Eggsplore, a Brussels based organization connecting the dots in Fintech, since September 1st 2015. He was named one of the 100 leaders of top tech accelerators based on his previous work at Minds, the main Belgian IT research institute and incubator. Building upon his experience in growing software companies both in US and Europe, he now sits on the board of several start-ups and is an active angel investor.
Wim De Waele obtained his master degrees in Economic Sciences and Computer Sciences at the University of Ghent in 1987. He started his career as scientific researcher at the university in the area of artificial intelligence in industrial applications. He continued this work at Siemens R&D in Belgium and München. After that he helped build the European organization of the Canadian software company Numetrix, a company offering planning software for the consumer packaged goods and process industry. After a brief start-up experience in Belgium, Wim joined i2 Technologies in 1995 as Services Director for Europa, where he also built the European organization from zero. He then was promoted to vice-president of consumer goods and retail, and moved to i2 headquarters in Dallas. Upon his return to Europe in 2001, he became Chief Technology Officer of the distressed Real Software Group. After the turn-around and sale of the company to a private equity group, he left Real Software for IBBT on august 1, 2004. Wim De Waele was Chief Executive Officer of IBBT, later renamed iMinds (www.iminds.be), headquartered in Ghent, Belgium, until 2015. iMinds is the leading interdisciplinary research and venturing organization in the country, working with companies and other partners on the newest technologies in domains such as networking, media, security and healthcare. He has a strong focus on the development of new start-up companies and the business acceleration of promising technology concepts. Wim De Waele acts on the board of start-up companies such as Continuum (www.continuum.be), SonicAngel (www.sonicangel.com). He is a member of the advisor boards for several investment funds. Wim De Waele takes a keen interest in culture and media and as such is also involved in public initiatives. He lives in his town of birth, Ghent, in Belgium. In his spare time he enjoys music, travel and culinary experiments that he carries out himself.