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Cresco partners with TECH TOUR for its 2015 Benelux tour

Antwerp – March 23, 2015. Cresco I Business Law Firm is the exclusive legal partner of Tech Tour for the 2015 Benelux Tech Tour.

The Benelux Tech Tour will take place from May 19 through 21, 2015 and will showcase i.a., 75 world-class, high-tech innovative companies from the Benelux region, top international speakers and several entrepreneurial success stories from the region talking about their road to success. The Benelux Tech Tour is held every 3 to 4 years.

The event, which is usually held every 3 to 4 years, brings the opportunity for investors to encounter 50 emerging companies and to attend presentations by 25 selected cream of the crop growth companies from the region. The selection of companies will be across a range of high-tech sectors.

Participating entrepreneurs have an unprecedented opportunity to meet more than 100 international investors seeking to grow their portfolio with innovative companies from the Benelux.

Cresco partners with Tech Tour

Tech Tour, and iMinds joined forces, together with Cresco, BDO and ING Bank, to deliver an ambitious road trip for international investors through the Benelux, showcasing the region’s top entrepreneurs. 

Partnership rationale

David Dessers, managing partner at Cresco, explains why the firm is investing in this structural partnership: “At Cresco, we are passionate about entrepreneurship and contributing to entrepreneurial growth. We are intimately aware that Cresco and its lawyers form an integral part of the investment and venture capital community and strongly believe in our duty to contribute to the future and success of such community well beyond our client services. We are thrilled to team up with Tech Tour - one of the leading European matchmaking events for entrepreneurs and investors - through our Cresco Academy. We firmly believe that Tech Tour and its partners will provide the selected start-ups and growth companies with the necessary knowhow, insights and network to exponentially grow their activities and connect with the finest international investors, thus contributing to overall economic growth.

Jürgen Ingels, co-chairman of the Tech Tour Benelux, outlines the importance of this partnership: “Cresco – which is unquestionably considered by the investment in-crowd as a thought leader on entrepreneurship, advising an impressive client base of emerging and growth companies and being involved in the largest recent exits of Belgian technology companies - is uniquely positioned to provide technology companies with solid legal and strategic guidance throughout their entire lifecycle.

Selection Committee

Cresco, represented by David Dessers, has been invited to serve on the Tech Tour Selection Committee which is otherwise almost exclusively composed of leading Belgian and Dutch venture capitalists and which is in charge of screening the applications and selecting the best candidates.

VP Master Classes and coordination of Tech Tour Master Classes

Cresco Academy is in charge of coordinating the Tech Tour Master Classes, an intense preparation program for a limited number of selected high-growth companies. These Master Classes will be taught over the course of two days by the beau-monde of the Belgian investment and entrepreneurial community and will cover i.a., legal and intellectual property matters, HR & operations, international growth & strategy counseling, financial planning & funding, marketing & product placing, and technology.



The Tech Tour was founded by Venture Capitalist Sven Lingjaerde in 1998. As of 2013, the Tech Tour is collaborating with the International Venture Club (IVC) and Europe Unlimited on all events and activities. It is a platform for innovative investors, hi tech entrepreneurs (from early to late stage), corporates and government influencers. Tech Tour’s contribution to the high tech industry is through the development of Regional Tech Tours and Industry Summits that bring together the entire technology ecosystem of local and global players. Each Tech Tour or Summit is led by a local volunteer President, who has a strong reputation within their region or industry. The President puts in place a selection committee with 15 to 20 leading professionals (best practice) in their region or industry to assist with the company selection as well as the logistics and planning of the event. More information:

Contact: Tech Tour International SARL

Rue de la Croix d'Or 6
1204, Geneva, Switzerland

Tel:: +41 22 544



Cresco is a renowned business law firm serving the business and legal needs of entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies and investors. Cresco’s lawyers combine years of international legal experience with business expertise acquired through extensive in-house experience at leading companies active in a broad range of sectors and industries. Cresco provides innovative legal services to its clients' advisory, operational, litigation and transactional needs, helping to solve fundamental business issues. Cresco has market-leading capabilities and thorough experience in private equity and venture capital, emerging and growth companies, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology and innovation counseling, entrepreneur and executive guidance, complex commercial agreements, real estate and dispute resolution, as well as in a large variety of operational legal, contractual and strategic matters. More information:


David Dessers, Managing Partner Cresco

+32 496 58 98 33

Twitter: @crescoadvocaten


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