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Deloitte names the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Belgium

Third annual Technology Fast 50 and Rising Star companies attest to Belgium’s vibrant start-up culture

Brussels - 27 October 2016 Deloitte Belgium today released its Technology Fast 50, the fifty fastest-growing technology companies in Belgium. In addition, Deloitte named the ten finalists for its Rising Star companies, honoring promising companies that have been active in the technology sector for less than four years.

The Technology Fast 50 award will be given to the country’s fastest-growing technology company, based on its percentage of growth in turnover during the last four years. The winner will be announced at the Fast 50 award ceremony which will be held on 16 November 2016 in Brussels.

Public or private companies headquartered in Belgium that develop a technology-related product or service and that have experienced substantial revenue growth over the last four years, were invited to register for the competition for their chance to be nominated as one of the country’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies. View the complete list of nominees

“It is amazing to experience how many globally leading and disrupting young companies we have in Belgium, with serial entrepreneurs or strong complimentary partnerships of 2 or 3 founders as driving force” explains Nikolaas Tahon, Managing Partner Accountancy.

Supplementary award categories
In addition to an award for the fastest growth, awards will also be presented for Most Sustainable Growth (selected from the 2016 Fast 50 contestants and Fast 50 Alumni) and one winner will be selected from each of the following categories:
1. Hardware
2. Software
3. Communications
4. Media
5. Life Sciences
6. Clean Technology

Rising Star and Most Disruptive Innovator nominees
Companies that have been active in the technology sector for less than four years are put in the spotlight in the Rising Star category. On 20 October all Rising Star applicants made a first pitch in front of an internal Deloitte jury. The ten most convincing companies are invited to pitch again on 16 November.

1. Thomas Goubau – AproPLAN
2. Olivier Tilleuil – EyeSee
3. Heidi Rakels – GuardSquare
4. Tim Clauwaert – Intuo
5. David Martens – Predicube
6. Joris Van Der Gucht – Silverfin
7. Jean Beka – SmartNodes
8. Steven Tielemans – THEOplayer
9. Wouter Uten – UgenTec
10. Filip Geuens – XenomatiX

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This year, the jury is presided by Duco Sickinghe, CEO Fortino and Former CEO Telenet, and includes distinguished members from the business community:
Dries Buytaert – Founder of Drupal and Project Lead, Co-founder and CTO of Acquia
Veroniek Collewaert - Professor in Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School
Fred Destin - General Partner at Accel
Luc De Mey - Founder and former CEO of Cmosis
Thomas Leysen – Chairman of the Board at KBC
Omar Mohout - Professor in Entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School
Christian Reinaudo - President and CEO at Agfa-Gevaert
Rik Vandenberghe - CEO of ING Belgium

Duco Sickinghe, CEO Fortino: “There are many things we will take a look at in a startup. But it first starts with the people. And we look for the qualities that people will bring along. That can be the qualities of marketing, engineering, but foremost also question do they have sufficient leadership. And what’s the culture? What is the spirit of the company and do they have the right attitude? These are the elements that are important when I select the top priority companies.”

The Most Disruptive Innovator award is presented to the Rising Star nominee that has developed the most revolutionary concept or product within a specific technology segment.

Nikolaas Tahon: “We embrace this year’s quality of the Rising Stars, with almost all finalists playing at global level and with real huge scalable potential. We should be proud on these Belgian disrupting companies.”

The 2016 Belgian Deloitte Technology Fast 50 competition is being organised in partnership with ING, NetSuite, Euronext, Fortino Capital and De Standaard.

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