Luc De Vos

advisor, Director, and investor in Leuven, Belgium

Luc De Vos

advisor, Director, and investor in Leuven, Belgium

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50 SHADES OF VENTURING

Luc De Vos pioneered the Internet in Europe while UUCP was a weird protocol and WWW was still a CERN project. He was cofounder of the "EUnet International" group as the first commercial ISP in Belgium and also the first pan-European large(st) ISP. It was in fact the EU counterpart of what UUnet was in the US. Advent International was our venture capital provider from 1996 to 1998. EUnet International Ltd was acquired in 1998 for $155 million by Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q) and was about a year later subsequently injected into a new joint venture with KPN, creatively named KPNQwest.

As such, he is one of the very early business angels of this new "media and Internet" generation industry that was shaped in the nineties.

Luc has been a key actor in the creation, development and internationalisation of some of the household names that sparkle or have sparkled on the ICT sky of Europe such as: KPNQwest, Stepstone, Starlab, and is still an investor in Europe wide vehicle remarketing company CarsOnTheWeb.com ("COTW").

In 2011 he was again at the cradle of a paradigm shifting company in the 'digital health' space: Scanadu, that was started in Belgium with and by serial entrepreneur Walter de Brouwer as its CEO, who then moved to Silicon Valley. Scanadu closed more than $55 mio in Seed and Series A and B+ funding and is awaiting FDA clearance for its first series of products. Luc has also invested in 'tech.eu' and more recently in fintech company Finactum (BE), Finnish hardware think-tank Circular Devices (FI), and predictive analytics company DataStories (2017).

Vintage year 1958 but still feeling rather young Luc has ventured in more than 50 companies for over 25 years in one or another role.

  • Education
    • Catholic University of Leuven