By Claire Makin
The rollout of IMQubator’s $328 million seeding
platform in January 2009 caused quite a stir in the industry.
The venture attracted unusual attention not least because
IMQubator requires its chosen managers to relocate the core of
their business to its premises in Amsterdam.
Other notable features are the platform’s
sponsor, APG, which manages one of the largest pools of pension
assets in the world, and IMQubator’s ambition to
attract innovative investment talent to the Netherlands. The
idea is to "create something like Silicon Valley, but for
pension funds and asset managers", says Jeroen Tielman, who is
chief executive officer of IMQ, the management company of the
IMQubator platform, and one of the brains behind the
As for relocating, yes, managers have moved (one even from
Singapore), and no, the requirement has not deterred far-flung
managers from applying for seed...