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2019 Technology Fast 50 Award Application

Fast 50 starts again on April 25th!

Are you interested in participating in the Technology Fast 50 competition? All of the information about applications is here. Please contact the Fast 50 team with any questions you may have.

What is the Fast 50 Award?

Detailed information about our competition for the fastest-growing technology companies and start-ups can be found on the Technology Fast 50 Award overview page. As a gateway for entrepreneurs, the award offers winners access to cooperations, capital and customers.

 

How can you apply?

Applications will open again on 25 April 2019. Applications for the Technology Fast 50 Award are free of charge through an online tool, which will be available on this page after the start of the application period.

Please contact our team with any questions about the application or process.

 

What is the timetable of the competition?

  • 25 April: Start of the application phase for the 2019 Fast 50 Award
  • September: Jury meetings for the Challenge Award category including start-up pitches. The jury consists of Deloitte experts and representatives of the German Stock Exchange, Hubert Burda Media Holding, Media Saturn Holding, and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.
  • 7 November: Technology Fast 50 Award ceremony (both prize categories) in Hamburg

 

What award categories are there?

Big changes in 2019! This year, the Technology Fast 50 Award includes two competition categories:

Technology Fast 50
The category for the 50 fastest-growing technology companies, measured by revenue growth over the last four years.

Challenge Award
Our new category for European start-ups and scale-ups: Is your company innovative? Are you bubbling with fresh ideas and looking for a new challenge? Then use your technologies, solve one of our digital (business) challenges and apply in one of the following areas: Future of Health, Future of Smart Cities, Future of Mobility, Future of Work, or Future of Finance. Further details will follow shortly.

 

Applications to both categories are permitted.

 

What criteria do applications need to meet?

Technology Fast 50

Deloitte awards the 50 fastest-growing companies in the technology sector. Assessment criteria are the average percentage revenue growth of the last four financial years (2015 to 2018). Companies from the following sectors are invited to apply:

  • Hardware (e.g. electronic devices/computers/peripherals, semiconductors/components, Internet of Things)
  • Software (e.g. app development/mobile, artificial intelligence, blockchain, consumer software, data analytics, enterprise software, food tech, health tech, HR training, logistics, real estate, SaaS/cloud, security, smart city/mobility/transport, social enterprise/not-for-profit/charity, tourism/travel/lodging)
  • Communications (e.g. equipment manufacturers, satellite telecommunications service, service providers, wireless service providers)
  • Media & Entertainment (e.g. AdTech, digital commerce, gaming, Over-the-top service, social media)
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences (e.g. biotechnology, medical devices, MedTech)
  • Environmental Technology (e.g. clean tech, energy tech, green tech)
  • FinTech (e.g. asset management, cryptocurrency, consumer credit/lending, digital banking, InsurTech, money transfer, payments, RegTech)

The following criteria must be met:

Challenge Award

A new addition for 2019: the Technology Fast 50 Challenge Award. In this category, Deloitte honors European start-ups and scale-ups that use their technologies to solve digital (business) challenges. Challenges in the different categories will be announced on this website by the application start on 25 April.

A jury consisting of the Fast 50 Advisory Board and Deloitte sector experts will evaluate applications in a multi-step process and select the winners. Deloitte will support collaboration and the implementation of innovative technologies with a broad spectrum of expert knowledge. Winners of the Fast 50 Challenge Award benefit from a long-term partnership with Deloitte as implementation partner to solve digital challenges, to grow, and to tap into new innovation potential together.

What do former winners say about the Fast 50 Award?

What is the Technology Fast 500 EMEA and how can I take part?

Technology Fast 500 EMEA is the relevant program for European companies. It recognizes the fastest growing technology companies from the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Linking the German Technology Fast 50 program and the European Fast 500 program means that the top 50 German companies are automatically included, becoming part of a presentation and contact forum with a European dimension. The award has long since become a quality seal and recognized competitive factor for entrepreneurial success.

The nomination criteria for the Award are:

  • Revenue of at least EUR 50,000 generated in 2015
  • Revenue of at least EUR 1,000,000 generated in 2018

A separate application is not required.

 

What is the Global Technology Fast 100 and how can I take part?

The winners of the Technology Fast 500 EMEA will participate in the newly created, overarching Global Technology Fast 100 program, which consists of all winners of the regional Fast 500 programs (EMEA, APAC, North America). Companies must have achieved revenue of at least USD 50,000 in 2015 and at least USD 5,000,000 in 2018.

A separate application is not required.

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