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50 fastest growing Belgian technology companies and 10 Rising Star finalists announced

Deloitte unveils top players in the Belgian start-up world with the Technology Fast 50 nominees and Rising Star finalists.

Brussels, 23 October 2019 - Deloitte Belgium released today its Technology Fast 50, the list of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in Belgium. Deloitte also named the 10 finalists for its Rising Star competition, recognising promising companies that have been active in the technology sector for less than four years. The Technology Fast 50 award goes to the fastest growing technology company in Belgium in terms of its percentage of growth in turnover over the past four years. Deloitte will announce the winner at the Awards Ceremony on 14 November 2019. Click here for the full list of nominees.

The Fast 50 Business Forum will be held prior to the Awards Ceremony on 14 November. Keynote speaker Tammy Erickson, London Business School, will share valuable insights into the Future of Work. During the matchmaking lunch, Deloitte will help expand the networks of technology entrepreneurs by bringing together start-ups with the CEOs of corporations and family-owned and run companies, investors, and entrepreneurs. Deloitte aims to stimulate cross-fertilisation and encourage technological innovation in Belgium even more.

“The Technology Fast 50 ranking shows that the Belgian scale-up world boasts very successful, innovative and disruptive companies. Thanks to their disruptive approach with a focus on scalability, and the right team spirit in a global world, Belgian start-ups will continue to play a pioneering role in the (near) future,” said Nikolaas Tahon, Managing Partner Deloitte Private and Programme Leader Deloitte's Technology Fast 50.

Additional award categories

In addition to the award for fastest growth, one of the 2019 Fast 50 contestants that made a continuous growth over the past years will receive an award for Most Sustainable Growth.

In addition, one winner of each of the below categories will also be awarded.

1.              Communications

2.              Environmental Technology

3.              Fintech

4.              Hardware

5.              Healthcare and Life sciences

6.              Media and Entertainment

7.              Software

 

Rising Star and Most Disruptive Innovator nominees  

Companies that have been active in the technology sector for less than four years are featured in the Rising Star category. On 15 October 61 Rising Star applicants made a first pitch in front of a jury of Deloitte industry experts. These 10 companies made it to the finals are invited to pitch again on 14 November:

·       CalculusRob van Dun – Zutendaal

·       CompliDataMatthias Verbeke – Tervuren

·       Epilog - Jurgen Van Broeck – Ghent

·       EsoptraPaul Carpentier – Herentals

·       Keyrock, Kevin de Patoul – Brussels

·       Magics Instruments, Jens Verbeeck – Geel

·       Mobit Belgium, Bernard De Groote & Alexander De Bièvre – Evergem

·       Settlemint, Matthew Van NiekerkLeuven

·       ThermoVault, Sandro Iacovella – Genk

·       Unifly, Marc Kegelaers - Antwerp

For more information, please go to www.fast50.be.

The Rising Star panel is chaired by Duco Sickinghe, CEO Fortino Capital. The jury includes distinguished members from the business community:

Omar Mohout - ‎Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Antwerp Management School

Heidi Rakels – Co-founder & CEO of GuardSquare

Veroniek Collewaert - Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Vlerick Business School

Nicolas Poelst - CEO & Sales Director at X-Ray Imaging Solutions

Tammy J. Erickson- Adjunct professor London Business School

Duco Sickinghe, CEO Fortino Capital: “Successful start-ups can count on a strong team, they have the right people in the right place. But most of all, they have clearly defined their unique selling proposition. This is the key for unlocking their full potential. The company that manages to demonstrate its maturity on these two points will be this year’s Rising Star.”

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.

“The quality of the start- and scale-ups that we had the pleasure of meeting this year is the best since the launch of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 five years ago in Belgium,” said Tahon. “The ingenuity and commitment of all the organisations made it very difficult to select only 10 to go through to the final round of the Rising Star competition. We expect to see most, if not all, of the companies achieve success in the near future.”

The 2019 Belgian Deloitte Technology Fast 50 competition is organised in cooperation with NetSuite/Oracle, Fortino Capital and Vlerick Business School.

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