Fast 50


Applications for 2017 Programme

Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 2017 programme is now officially open for entries until 15 September, 2017.

To enquire about the programme please contact Genevieve Walkin at

We would like to receive applications from businesses who sit within the ever expanding list of tech subsectors including: 

AdTech, AgriTech, BioTech, CleanTech, EdTech, FoodTech, FashionTech, FinTech, HealthTech, InsurTech, PropTech, RetailTech, TravelTech.

Entry criteria and application process

To enter the Fast 50 Awards, companies must meet the criteria listed below.

Eligibility Criteria

1. The company must have been in business for a minimum of four years with a turnover of at least €50,000 in 2013.

2. The company must be considered a technology company, which is defined as:

• Developing or owning proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues

• Producing technology

• Manufacturing technology-related products

• Be technology intensive, or use unique technology to solve problems

• Devoting a high percentage of effort to technology R&D

Using another company's technology or intellectual property in a unique way does not qualify.

3. Entrants can be public or private companies but the parent company must be headquartered in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Subsidiaries or divisions of Irish or Northern Irish companies or multinational organisations do not qualify.

4. All submissions must be accompanied by signed accounts (pdf version) for the first and last financial year being measured in the competition. Unless a statutory exemption is being taken, these accounts must be unabbreviated and audited.

Key dates for your diary:

  • 18 June 2017:
    Fast 50 Sunday Business Post Launch 
  • 19 June 2017:
    Online applications open
  • 15 September 2017:
    Online applications close
  • 3 November 2017:
    Ireland 2017 Fast 50 award winners ceremony
  • December 2017:
    EMEA Fast 500 winners announcement

Deloitte and Silicon Valley Bank FinTech Award Category

Deloitte and Silicon Valley Bank are partnering in a new FinTech category for Deloitte Technology Fast 50 to attract new entrants in this dynamic, vibrant area. Financial Services is key to Ireland’s future growth and these players are influencing this space with their technology and innovation. The award will not only raise profile of winners, it aims to help them scale and evolve by providing support from both Deloitte and Silicon Valley Bank on a global scale. The winner will be brought to Silicon Valley, USA on a trip tailored to suit their growth trajectory where they will meet with key investors, strategic partners and prospects.

Please note: The eligibility criteria for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards differs from the criteria for the Silicon Valley Bank FinTech award category. To apply for the Silicon Valley Bank FinTech category, entrants must be in business for a minimum of three years.

Deloitte 2017 MNC Patron award categories

1. Innovative new Technology award in association with Google

This award is for the company that has created or introduced a new or innovative product or service to International markets that has helped grow their business over the last four years.

2. Export award in association with Intel

This award will be given to the company showing the highest percentage of exports in their most recent year of trading through their application submission.

3. Impact award in association with Paypal

This award is for the company that has made the most significant impact within the current year. Companies will be given an opportunity to demonstrate how they have made an impact through their application.

4. Leading female award in association with Vodafone

This award will be given to a leading female in technology who has contributed to business growth within their organisation.

5. R&D Life Science award in association with Medtronic

This award will be given to the Life Science company that demonstrates the highest level of investment as a percentage of turnover in research and development within their most recent year of trading.  


“Ranking #1 in the Fast 50 for the last two years is a great testament to eShopWorld’s offering. Our eCommerce technology and solutions are designed to deliver growth for global brands in online markets, so our own growth trajectory validates the successes we are achieving for those brands. Crucially, our participation motivates and inspires the whole team to continue writing the eShopWorld story.”

Tommy Kelly, CEO eShopWorld

"Ranking in the Deloitte Fast 50 and winning the Impact Award was a huge milestone for our hard working team and it was fantastic to have our growth recognised by our industry peers. I would encourage any Irish tech company to apply for what is an excellent opportunity to showcase their achievements."

Kevin Buckley, CEO and Co-Founder of Spearline

Entering the Deloitte Fast 50 has certainly raised our profile with 3 key audiences – customers, employees, and investors. Being counted among the fastest growing IT firms in Ireland is undoubtedly good for recruiting and retaining staff and winning for the past 2 years has also helped us position ourselves with larger customers and investors.

Darragh Richardson, Managing Director Agile Networks

It has been such an honour for and to be part of the ‘Deloitte Fast 50 companies’ for the past 3yrs and it was particularly special to win The Leading Female Award last year. Like all entrepreneurs, I work very hard along with my team to grow and drive the business to the next level so we can deliver our customers an even better experience and it really does mean a lot when your efforts are recognised particularly by a company like Deloitte.

Lulu O’Sullivan, CEO,,

Creme Global has been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards for the last 7 years in a row - in every year it has been eligible to participate. The awards are an important event for the company; they are a great way for our team to celebrate the success we have achieved together and also for the company to raise its profile internationally with partners and clients. Thank you to Deloitte for continuing to support this excellent event.

Cronan McNamara, Founder & CEO, Creme Global

Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 2016

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