Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50
Launched in 2014, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 is one of Belgium's foremost business awards programmes. The aim? To celebrate Belgian innovation and entrepreneurship. It does this by recognising and supporting the fastest growing technology firms, as well as young companies with great growth potential.
Applicants of the Fast 50 competition need to be headquartered in Belgium, with at least four years of activity in one of seven sectors: communications, environmental technology, fintech, hardware, healthcare & life sciences, media & entertainment, and software. Judging is based on its percentage of growth in turnover during the last four years, for example, the 2017 Fast 50 winner Teamleader had an impressive 2.097% growth in sales. Among the awards given, there is one for the Fast 50 winner, one for Most Sustainable Growth, and one for each industry sector.
The parallel Rising Star competition is for companies in business less than four years with the potential to succeed and stand out from their competitors. Applicants submit an investor pitch to a panel of independent experts from the technology sector. Entrants judged on scalability, experience, management team expertise, and highly promising growth. There are two awards: Rising Star and Most Disruptive Innovator.
Belgian entrepreneurs are at the forefront of innovation and play an important role in the economic development of our country. We are proud to be standing alongside them, celebrating their achievements and encouraging their future growth.
More multidisciplinary and broader
Nikolaas Tahon leads the programme and has seen how much it has changed since the first edition. “Five years ago we saw a lot of companies that built e-commerce platforms. Tech companies are now much more multidisciplinary. The scope has also become broader, with representation across all sectors, from fintech to biotech. Also, they don’t rely on one technology, but they take the best of different technologies and link them all together."
Another difference is globalisation. “Tech companies have an international focus from day one. They no longer dream of London, New York, or Singapore, they just open a branch there. Or relocate their headquarters there if it will support growth better."
Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 50 Business Forum and Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 15 November 2018 at the Deloitte Gateway office.