Collibra, valorizing research on semantics

Publication date 19.09.2011


Collibra is an enterprise software company, founded in August 2008 as a spin-off from the Laboratory for Semantic Technology and Applications Research (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 

The company is valorizing ten years of experience in application oriented research on semantic technology.

It was founded by Felix Van de Maele, Stijn Christiaens, Pieter de Leenheer and Damien Trog.

Collibra is backed by academic and industry veterans :

  • Prof. Robert Meersman is a member of the advisory board
  • and Tony Mary is chairman of the board of directors.


Collibra closed its seed-round investment of € 850.000 from the Brussels I3 Fund, Brustart (both venture capital funds) and business angels. A number of customers have already committed to a (pilot) project and several other projects are in the pipeline.


Business ecosystems have evolved from rigid value chains towards agile, globalized value networks.

Within this reality, the need for exchange, integration and understanding of heterogeneous information has become of strategic and competitive importance for companies all around the world. The ICT world as we know it today is faced with a rampant increase in isolated metadata and a massive load of scattered legacy data.

Collibra is convinced that building the next generation of businesses requires a paradigm shift that reaches beyond the technological level. Collibra envisions business semantics management as the primary technology enabling the management of information assets between companies. Therefore, the mission of Collibra is to deliver tangible solutions for capturing and sharing business semantics in order to empower efficient and sustainable integration, management and delivery of diverse business information.

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