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IXA Proof-of-Concept Funding and Pre-Seed Loan

There are two ways in which IXA can provide funding for start-up or early stage companies:

  1. Proof-of-concept (POC) funding offers (aspiring) entrepreneurs the opportunity to carry out technical feasibility studies on their concept, invention or idea.
  2. A Pre-Seed loan allows start-ups to create and further build a business.


The Proof of Concept and Preseed Fund, managed and administrated by IXA, has been established to stimulate research-driven entrepreneurship among staff and students of the five IXA partners and to create an environment where new initiatives and ideas can be tested and further developed.

Preseed Loan

A Preseed Loan provides starting entrepreneurs with the financial means to found and/or further develop a new company. 

Who is eligible for a Preseed Loan? 
The Preseed Fund caters to start-up, which can be:
• a SME that produces and supplies, for its own account, a product, process or service based on a new finding or application and that has been incorporated no longer than five years ago.
• a natural person in the process of starting a company as described above. 

A condition for Preseed funding is that the funding will be either for an invention by one of the five institutions, or for initiating a joint research project with one of the institutions.

Proof of Concept Funding

Proof of Concept (POC) funding enables (aspiring) entrepreneurs to undertake a technical feasbility study for their concept, invention or idea. 

Who is eligible for Proof of Concept funding? 
Start- up companies, SMEs (natural person or companies) and societal organisations (excluding educational and research institutions) can apply for POC funding. 
A condition for POC funding is that the funding will be either for an invention by one of the five institutions, or for initiating a joint research project with one of the institutions.