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Sofia Tech Park JSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IMEC

Sofia Tech Park JSC announced that on 17.01.2017 they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IMEC, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology, for collaboration on projects in the field of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.

The first step of this collaboration will be the set-up of a facility for training and educational activities at various levels in all areas related to nanoelectronics, nanotechnology and design including, but not limited to ICT, energy, healthcare.

A wide range of seminars, training courses and online content will be offered to young people from academia and industry not only from Bulgaria but also from other countries in the region.

This initiative is based on Imec’s academy 30 years of expertise.

Imec academy is the learning institute for IMEC's own employees and the local and international industry and academia. IMEC academy offers high-level technical training programs that combine world-class expertise with hands-on applications. The training offer is divided into three pillars:

  • Semiconductor technology

  • Integrated Circuit (IC), System on Chip (SoC) & Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design

  • Applications, health & energy

The cooperation between Sofia Tech Park and IMEC is also an opportunity for Sofia Tech Park to improve visibility, expand network and, together with IMEC, step into projects supported by various funding instruments – both on an national and European level.

Thus, Bulgaria's first science and technology park will be able to expand its business and become a significant point on the map of scientific developments in the field of nanotechnology.

For IMEC, this is an important step in exploring and establishing strategic cooperation with one of the countries in Eastern Europe.

About Sofia Tech Park:

Technology and Innovation Network (T+IN) or "Sofia Tech Park" is the first science and technology park in Bulgaria designed and created to act as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas between academia, business, government and society. Sofia Tech Park has been created entirely with EU money and has the mission to become the location for global, regional and national researchers and innovative companies in Bulgaria and on the Balkans.

Further information about Sofia Tech Park JSC can be found on:  http://sofiatech.bg/en/.

Sofia Tech Park JSC will rely on partnerships with private and public organisations. The company has already established cooperation with leading universities, Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS), business clusters, large international companies, Sofia Municipality, Ministry of Education, NGOs and others institutions. Sofia Tech Park JSC will manage the overall organization by developing, marketing, financing, leasing, construction and other activities.

About IMEC:

IMEC is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2015, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 415 million euro and of iMinds which is integrated in imec as of September 21, 2016 52 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at www.imec-int.com.

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).