Seeding & Acceleration in the age of convergence

As a seeder and accelerator of alternative investment managers, IMQ Investment Management (as the manager of the IMQubator funds) has developed a deep expertise on structuring, implementing and managing partnership relationships on behalf of the capital provider with alternative asset managers.

These partnership relationships are increasingly demanded by institutional investors as a result of:

  • the convergence between traditional and alternative asset managers due to the replacement of traditional benchmarks by outcome focussed benchmarks;
  • regulatory developments and client demands requiring the institutional investors to be more in control of and more engaged with their investments;
  • and other reasons, some of which described in the AIMA study ‘The Extra Mile: Partnerships between Hedge Funds and Investors’, published in June 2014.

As convergence between traditional asset managers and alternative asset managers is gaining momentum, seeding and acceleration could increasingly become a strategically important tool for asset managers and end-investors to expand their expertise and deepen their added value in the area of alternative investment strategies as is explained in the following video.

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History of IMQ

Since 2009, IMQubator (“IMQ”) has led the way in developing a new generation of alternative investment managers. IMQ is a business predicated on taking an end-investor perspective – the first alternative investment platform with this approach on all aspects of the investment process.

As from 2009 IMQ is managing a 7 year seeding and acceleration mandate obtained from APG, the asset manager for Dutch pensions giant Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP.

In this capacity, IMQ is a cornerstone investor in promising emerging managers, matching talent and capital in a unique moment of long term alignment of interests. Within this mandate IMQ’s focus is on innovative and absolute return oriented managers with asymmetric return profiles and a strong risk discipline.


Emerging hedge fund managers can apply for seed capital here:

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