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Wim De Waele


Wim De Waele is CEO at Eggsplore, which he founded in September 2015 with Jurgen Ingels, serial entrepreneur and former founder of Clear2Pay. Eggsplore provides a number of business and logistical services and a face for the Fintech community through educational and network events, a yearly FinTech conference and a Brussels based entrepreneurial hub that houses FinTech organizations and companies. Eggsplore connects the dots in Fintech.

Prior to founding Eggsplore, Wim was the founder and Chief Executive Officer at iMinds (www.iminds.be), a digital technology research center and incubator which started in 2004 and that he grew to a 50 Mio Euro organization by 2015. iMinds specializes in interdisciplinary research and development in the software sector, working with companies and other partners on the newest technologies in domains such as networking, media, security and healthcare. Under his management iMinds built a successful seed fund and incubator, which got him nominated as one of the top 100 most influential accelerator leaders.

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 built the European consulting organisation of the Canadian software company Numetrix, specialized in planning software for the consumer packaged goods and process industry. In 1994 Wim joined i2 Technologies as Services Director for Europa, where he also built the European organisation 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 is also involved in public initiatives such as the new media center De Waalse Krook (www.dekrook.be) and is active as a angel investor in companies  such as NewsAnglr (www.newsanglr.be) and The Glue (www.thegluesolutions.be ).

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.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, August 26

14:30 CEST