Patrick is the joint founder of Newion that was set up in December 2000 and he has operated as a venture capitalist since 1997. After completing his studies in MSC Aerospace Engineering in Delft, he jointly founded an IT company. He sold his interest in this company at the end of 1996. He came to work at N.V. NOM in Groningen at the start of 1997 where he was mainly responsible for investments in IT-related businesses. In addition to the IT investments, he has also financed various other types of companies. Patrick has occupied or is still occupying positions on various Non Executive boards. He is on the Board of Servoy, Q-go, Eonic, Asysco, LeanApps and Europe Unlimited. In addition he is actively involved with Mirror42 and Service to Media. In the past he was a Non-Executive Board Member with IKS Producten, AllLocations, Amyyon, SLTN Group, Oxxio, IBT, Datell, E-semble, Propulsion, Sound Intelligence and involved with LightWeight Ventures.
Harry De Smedt is a seasoned executive in the IT business. From 1990 to 2008 he held several management positions at Unit4, a public listed software company. As overall COO and the security divisions CEO, he was part of the succesful growth the company went through. His domain of expertise is organizational and international strategy, innovative R&D and distribution channel management As experienced investor he holds several positions in innovative IT companies and in the private equity domain. Mr. De Smedt has a degree in Computer Sciences, in Advanced Management (Vlerick Management School), is a Bachelor of Economics and has an MBA from the University of Diepenbeek in Belgium.
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