Board & investors

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Michel Akkermans

Michel Akkermans was co-founder of Clear2Pay, an innovative financial technology company focused on delivering global payment solutions and will become its chairman and CEO. Clear2Pay was acquired in 2014 by FIS, the world's number one financial technology company. Michel will continue with FIS as executive advisor after the acquisition.

In 2001, Michel also became investor and executive chairman in Data4S, a data analysis and data mining company focused on anti-money laundering applications for financial institutions. Norkom acquired the company in 2004.

Clear2Pay, FICS and Data4S generated superior returns for its investors and management teams.

A proven pioneer in new financial technology dynamics, Michel is a frequent keynote speaker at industry-led events and actively participates in the development of new ideas, initiatives and businesses. He is multilingual and active worldwide.

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Jürgen Ingels

Jürgen Ingels is entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He was the founder and CFO of Clear2Pay, a leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, he grew the company to one of the world leaders in payment software with more than 1,200 employees in 14 countries.

Today, Jürgen is managing director of SmartFin, the fund targets promising European technology companies. Jürgen is also the initiator of ‘Supernova’, Belgium’s biggest technology and innovation festival organized in Antwerp.

He is involved in various companies like Guardsquare, Silverfin,, The Glue, … Jürgen currently holds board position in countless reputable companies from various sectors: Materialise (NASDAQ: MTLS), Itiviti, Willemen, Ghelamco, UnifiedPost, WDP, Newtec, Itineris, Exellys, …

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Mitch De Geest

As an inventive and creative manager with a broad view of the world, Mitch has proven over the past year to be a successful serial business starter. He has a golden track record in managing businesses and is a true entrepreneur across channels and regions. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills combined with a proven ability to lead and deliver fast, sustainable results.

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Freek Pauwels

Freek's interest in technology is reflected in his studies as an engineer. After a short career in the insurance industry, Freek has invested in and helped start up a number of technology companies. He also remained actively involved in the management of these companies. He also leads a variety of technical disciplines across the various companies. He specializes in project management and system integration of mechanical, electrical and software control projects.