Paul Van Eynde – former CEO of ING Investment Management in Belgium – founded Fusion Partners. Fusion Partners is becoming a Euro-Chinese investment company that wants to put projects, investments, entrepreneurs and capital from both regions to work in both directions. In addition to Paul Van Eynde, the main investors are Wim Heylen and Didier Clerx – the chairman and CEO of Heylen Group, respectively.
China has unmistakably grown as an international trading community in recent years. The country has strong technological know-how and therefore claims economic leadership in many sectors. That is precisely why the country brings many business opportunities for European entrepreneurs and investors. Fusion Partners will guide successful entrepreneurs with transcontinental ambitions and also set up an investment fund to support the entrepreneurs financially too. In this way Fusion Partners wants to strengthen the ties between Chinese and European entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurs at Fusion Partners have strong networks in the Euro-China trade community and are willing to invest capital in transcontinental projects of scale-up companies. The ambitions of Fusion Partners are therefore very concrete: in the next 6 months they want to invest 2 to 5 million euros in concrete transcontinental projects. Over the next two years, between 50 and 75 million euros will also be raised from both European and Chinese entrepreneur-investors.
In addition to concrete investments in European-Chinese projects, Fusion Partners will take a minority stake of 25% in Horsten International on the 1st of July. Horsten International has more than 20 years of experience in advising and supporting Belgian companies that do business in China. Thanks to the intense collaboration with Horsten International, Fusion Partners can rely on the many years of expertise of the advisor. The network, expertise and financial strength of Fusion Partners offers Horsten International the opportunity to grow further.
Wim Heylen, founder of Heylen Group and investor in Fusion Partners, explains: “The people around me and myself are passionate about local entrepreneurship, but we also have to dare to look further away. I have therefore decided to take an active initiative, taking advantage of the enormous economic growth in China. ”
Paul Van Eynde, Managing Director of Fusion Partners adds: “After 23 years of experience in investments on different continents, I want to use my expertise to strengthen the ties between the European and Chinese entrepreneurial communities. Fusion Partners’ cooperation with Horsten International also fits this vision. The experience of Horsten International has proven very valuable in Belgian-European projects in the Chinese market in the past. A participation quickly seemed the right way for both parties to consolidate our cooperation. ”
Bart Horsten, Managing Director of Horsten International, also sees some benefits: “Fusion Partners has the network, the expertise and the financial strength that offers us more opportunities to respond to the challenges and opportunities in China. The Chinese market is changing very fast and is increasingly controlling the global economy. Our expertise and knowledge of the Chinese market and the presence of our team on site offer every opportunity to make this unique collaboration a success. ”
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About Fusion Partners
Fusion Partners, led by Paul Van Eynde, will guide entrepreneurs with transcontinental ambitions and set up an investment fund to support the entrepreneurs financially too. In this way Fusion Partners wants to strengthen the ties between Chinese and European entrepreneurs.
About Heylen Group
Heylen Group is a Belgian industrial holding company that invests globally in ambitious entrepreneurs and companies. Heylen Group is currently active in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy and Finland. The group has long-term experience in a wide group of industries including retail, minting and logistics real estate. Through a well-considered “buy and build strategy”, Heylen wants to join forces and cultivate entrepreneurship to conquer international markets.
For more information about the Heylen Group: https://www.heylengroup.com/
About Horsten International
Horsten International is a Belgian consultancy company with more than 20 years of experience, specialized in guiding Belgian companies that do business in China.
For more information about Horsten International: https://www.horsten.be