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Founded in November 1998 by entrepreneurs Laurent Drion and Gregory Hédo, E-Merge has invested, generally as lead investor, in more than 30 Technology Startups .

We focus on early stages of development (Seed and Series A).

Our three original target industries were: Telecom, E-Commerce Infrastructure & Online Payment Systems.

In 2012 we also started paying attention to Commercial Space investment opportunities, including businesses built around the open-source CubeSat standard and made our first investment in this area.

The portfolio companies are carefully selected for their technological and commercial strengths. They have strong dedicated management teams with relevant expertise, a significant growth potential, strongly automatized processes, and recurring revenue.

Typical investments range between USD 50,000 and USD 1,500,000 per portfolio company, usually invested over several rounds.

In addition to capital, E-Merge shares its experience with its portfolio companies in a wide range of areas: strategy, development of the business plan, key-persons recruitment, technology choices, marketing & press relations, legal matters, fundraising, M&A etc...

Portfolio companies also get access to E-Merge's extended network in its target industries.

E-Merge distinguishes itself from other investors by the entrepreneurial profile of its founders and managers, for its rapid decision-making and for taking the risk of investing in very early stage companies.

Thanks to their entrepreneurial background E-Merge's partners have an excellent understanding of the challenges facing innovative startups and their founders.

The three partners are fully dedicated to their activity at E-Merge.

 
» Team Laurent Drion, Founder/Partner

View Laurent Drion's profile on LinkedIn Laurent holds a Business Engineering degree from Solvay Business School (ULB, Belgium).

In 1991, during his studies, he co-founded Mac Line together with Gregory.

Before creating E-Merge, both of them were also early stage investors in Internet Access Provider Skynet, which fast became the leading access provider in Belgium and was later acquired by Belgacom.
 
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  Grégory Hédo, Founder/Partner

View Grégory Hédo's profile on LinkedIn Grégory Co-founded Mac Line in 1991 with Laurent .

Before creating E-Merge, both of them were also early stage investors in Internet Access Provider Skynet, which fast became the leading access provider in Belgium and was later acquired by Belgacom.
 
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   Patrice Decafmeyer, Partner

View Laurent Drion's profile on LinkedIn Patrice holds a Business Engineering degree from Solvay Business School (ULB, Belgium).

He began his career at Citibank where he held responsibility for portfolio risk analysis and reporting.

He was the founder of Arbalet, a meta-search engine for jobs and comparison shopping funded by E-Merge, and had previously co-founded 2 other companies in Latin America (telecom and hospitality).

He also worked on statistical risk modeling at SAS Institute and accumulated 10+ years of experience in 14 countries as an independent consultant in financial risk management.

Patrice joined E-Merge as Partner early 2012.
 
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