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Clear2Pay runner-up in EU supported Gate2Growth Venture Contest
Clear2Pay best ICT venture, finishing second after a life science company

Brussels, 19 December 2005 – Clear2Pay, a leading supplier of next generation payments technology solutions claimed second place (and first amongst its peer ICT finalists) during the final presentation round of 13 remaining contestants at the European Gate2Growth Venture Contest, during the Gate2Growth Summit on the 13 th of December in Berlin. Gate2Growth is a European Union supported initiative organized to identify, acknowledge and award high technology based companies in Europe.

Clear2Pay, founded in 2001, was selected out of 300 companies across Europe that had entered the competition, which was open to early to mid-stage ventures active in life sciences, ICT and other innovative technologies. The jury comprised of Europe’s leading venture capital fund managers and investment analysts praised Clear2Pay on the following criteria for success:
- Innovative character
- Attractiveness
- Competitive advantage
- Market approach and perspective
- Quality of the management team

“We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by the European venture capital industry” said Michel Akkermans, Chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay. “Financial institutions and corporates are looking for scaleable and flexible payment solutions and that is what we have been building and implementing from day one. Clear2Pay’s products are based upon the leading-edge technologies such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that drive the current technology paradigm shift in payment systems’ technology around the globe. We are proud of this endorsement for our timing and strategy, and I view this as a compliment to our entire team”.

About Clear2Pay
Clear2Pay is an innovative e-finance company focused on delivering globally applicable solutions for secure, timely electronic payments. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the company's focus is to facilitate banks and financial organizations in their provision of electronic payments services. Clear2Pay's technology helps to reduce transactions processing costs, and to deliver new, compelling e-payment services in a competitive way. Clear2Pay's payment solutions offer organisations easy, branded ways for their customers to pay online: from complex trade-supporting business-to-business environments, through e-commerce applications, to retail payments and micro payments. Functions embrace payments origination, reporting, linkage with back-office processing systems, clearing, netting and settlement. Clients include global and major regional financial institutions such as ING, SEB Kort, VISA, MasterCard, ABN AMRO, Nordea, Abbey National, Fortis Bank, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank. Clear2Pay operates out of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Singapore and currently employs 200 staff. More information is available on

About Gate2Growth
The Gate2Growth Initiative is supported by the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate under its Innovation/SMEs program. Its prime objective is to support innovative entrepreneurs and investors in Europe, by fostering networking and the exchange of experience and good practice at European level. Members of the network include early stage technology venture capital investors, managers of technology incubators, managers of industrial liaison and technology transfer offices linked to universities and research centers, academics in entrepreneurship, finance research and teaching.

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