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ONE Agency announces today that Sydes and Arkafund will contribute to the further expansion of the young Ghent-based company. A total of € 1 million is being invested in the further expansion and internationalization of ONE Agency. Management and existing shareholders have also made additional investments in contributing to this development.
ONE Agency, a young challenger
The company is headed by Jo Caudron, Bert Van Wassenhove (that's me)and Henri Cnops. ONE Agency’s rapid growth and strong reference list is the result, among others, of the years of interactive experience of its founders and management coupled with the team’s enthusiasm for the internet as a medium for open communication.
ONE Agency has succeeded in acquiring a unique position in record speed as a “new style” interaction bureau. The emphasis here lies in the use of the latest developments in the domain of rich media and social network applications for the world of marketing and communication.
The increasing role of the user in the explosive growth of rich media (web video, internet radio, etc.) has resulted in a number of new challenges for the market. ONE Agency’s goal is to respond to the many needs of its customers with regard to new forms of media, marketing and interaction.
ONE Agency works for large Belgian and international clients such as Connections, KBC, MTV Networks, Neckermann.com, RTBF, Sanoma Magazines, Truvo, Vedior and VRT. In addition, ONE Agency is also a strategic partner of a number of young companies with a strong online focus such as Billy (Blue Ocean), Tikitag (Alcatel Lucent), CarChannel (Rossel Group) and Aristo Music.
ONE Agency, a company with ambitions
Sydes’ and Arkafund’s investment will enable the company to further solidify its position and initiate further growth in Belgium and beyond. Alongside a reinforcement of the existing team, the company’s rich media and social network platform, currently used by a number of clients, will also be further developed. This will enable the quick and efficient integration of rich media and social services within the strategies of the company’s clients.
Arkafund and Sydes take on their share
Sydes is the investment company of Corelio, publishers of, among others, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad. The group also has important shareholdings in the broad media world including, among others, Woestijnvis, Caviar and Passe-Partout.
Arkafund was created as a venture capital fund by Dexia and Corelio. By making recourse to the ARKimedes Foundation, the fund amount was effectively doubled. With its participative share in ONE Agency, Arkafund has confirmed its role as an incubator of new media. Arkafund and Sydes were impressed by the rapid breakthrough of ONE Agency and were above all charmed by the unique combination of a creative and driven management and the disciplined follow up by the Board of Directors. For Arkafund, these are solid guarantees for realizing ONE Agency’s ambitious plan for the future.