Rising Star competition

Confidence, recognition and momentum

While not all fast-growing technology companies have been in business for at least five years, many have the potential to become market leaders. That’s why these early achievers – who may one day be listed in the Technology Fast 50 ranking – can enter the Rising Star category!

“Rising Stars know how to convert threats into opportunities and turn them to their advantage. That requires innovative strength, strategic insights and pure entrepreneurship.”

Nikolaas Tahon, managing partner Deloitte Accountancy & Deloitte Private
Programme Leader Deloitte's Technology Fast 50

Rising Star competition

In this category, the key is revenue potential rather than revenue growth. All applications are made through a pitch and a well-developed business plan. A panel of independent experts from the technology sector analyses each entry and makes a selection according to scalability, experience, management team expertise and highly promising growth.

Known as post-incubators, Rising Stars have the potential to develop into successful companies that stand out from their competitors.

There are two awards in the Rising Star category: Most Disruptive Innovator and Rising Star. To find out if your company is eligible to enter this year’s competition, take a look at the process and criteria.

“This award confers name recognition and confidence. This is particularly interesting in Belgium where suspicion and mistrust all too often stull reign about young companies. But perhaps, the most important value is that it helps us with our search for scarce qualified staff.”

Heidi Rakels, co-CEO GuardSquare and Rising Star winner 2016

Most Disruptive Innovator award

Every year the nominees for the Rising Star award also compete for the Most Disruptive Innovator award. This award recognises companies that have developed a product or service which makes very high-end technology accessible for wide application and use.

Discover the Rising Star winners

Rising Star Pre-selection 2016

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