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Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 

Deloitte’s Fast 50 Technology Awards ranks Ireland’s fastest growing technology companies.

About the Programme

Last years awards, which took place on Friday, 4 November 2016 in the DoubleTree by Hilton, ranked the very best of the indigenous technology sector and recognised those companies that have demonstrated exceptional growth in turnover over the last four years.  

In addition to the overall Fast 50 ranking, the Rising Star category honoured one up-and-coming company who was in business less than 4 years. 

Last year marked the seventeenth year of the Fast 50 programme in Ireland. One of the longest standing technology contests in Ireland. The awards demonstrated the contribution of the indigenous technology sector – cumulatively, the 2016 Fast 50 winners generated approximately €1.6 billion in total annual revenues in 2015. The average revenue of companies featuring on the ranking was approx. €31 million, while the average growth rate of the companies over the last four years was 270%. 

eShopWorld has secured the top spot in Ireland’s best known technology growth index – the Deloitte Fast 50 ranking – for the second year in a row.  The company achieved a growth rate of 2596% over the last four years. The company is a leader in global eCommerce and logistics management, with a world class modular solution that gives online retailers control over the end-to-end customer journey – from global checkout to returns.

The 2015 year’s awards saw the introduction of new awards categories. Companies that feature on the ranking will also be in with the chance of winning the following awards: 

  • The Innovative new Technology award, in association with Google  
  • The Export award, in association with Intel 
  • The R&D award in association with LinkedIn
  • The Impact award in association, with Paypal  
  • The Leading female award, in association with Vodafone 

Announcing the winners of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme, Joan O’Connor, Partner, Deloitte said: “We are delighted to be recognising these exceptional and innovative Irish companies. Their contribution to the technology sector is critical to the success of the industry overall in Ireland and it is clear from the turnover derived from exports that they are having considerable success in global markets also. This ambition is hugely encouraging to see and will be increasingly important in a post-Brexit marketplace, where pressure on margins may necessitate diversification into other markets. For this reason, and due to the wealth of opportunity that presents itself, we expect developed and emerging markets to be increasingly important for Irish technology companies. The success that has been achieved to date by the indigenous technology sector leaves them well placed to capitalise on this momentum.”

The Deloitte Fast 50 ranking will feature both private and public listed technology companies that have demonstrated innovative strategies, sound management practices and marketplace vision driving them to achieve the status of high-growth leaders. In addition to the overall Fast 50 ranking, the Rising Star category will honour one up-and-coming company who is in business less than 4 years. 

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 Fast 50 application process, please contact Genevieve Walkin at gwalkin@deloitte.ie.

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