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About Rising Star
What innovative start-up has the most potential?
The Rising Star competition is part of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme, celebrating future winners. It recognises and supports young companies with great growth potential that have been in business for less than four years.
The Rising Star is the award for the most promising tech start-up in the Netherlands: the start-up that the jury estimates will be able to score high points in the Technology Fast 50 ranking within a few years. In this category, tech companies are judged by a panel of independent experts on ambition, revenue potential, degree of innovation and scalability. Known as post-incubators, Rising Stars have the potential to develop into successful companies that stand out from their competitors. They are the future winners. In addition to the Rising Star award, there is the Most Disruptive Innovator Award: the award for the company that developed the most disruptive technology.
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- The Rising Star criteria
- Winners of the Rising Star award
- Most Disruptive Innovators
- Read more about the Technology Fast 50
The Rising Star criteria
To enter the Rising Star competition, companies must meet the following criteria:
- The majority of your revenue is generated with technology-based products or services
- Your company is Dutch owned & headquartered in the Netherlands.
- It is founded after December 31, 2016
- You have a base year operating revenue of at least €50,000 over the last 12 months, or a total amount of funding raised of at least €1,000,000
Winners of the Rising Star award
Lightyear became the Rising Star of 2020. Lightyear is a technology company that develops solar-powered electric vehicles to make the future of mobility more sustainable.
In 2019, Otrium was named Rising Star 2019. Otrium is a shop-in-shop outlet platform that helps top brands sell residual stocks.
The 2018 Rising Star is Temper. Temper is a digital bulletin board where clients post jobs and freelancers build a profile to sell their services, without the need for a single consultant.
Most Disruptive Innovators
In 2020, Lightyear not only won the Rising Star award, but was also named Most Disruptive Innovator.
Solar Monkey was named Most Disruptive Innovator in 2019. Solar Monkey is a software developer that maps the yield of solar panels.
The Most Disruptive Innovator of 2018 was Amber. Amber is a car sharing platform with a fleet of 100% electric cars and an app that takes care of everything for you.
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