proUnity - winner of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 and Software category
With 82,677.34% growth in sales over the past four years, proUnity not only took the top spot in the overall Fast 50 ranking, but also received the award for fastest growth in the Software category. proUnity brings recruiters, freelancers and service suppliers together on one central platform, enabling the best talents to find the right projects and allowing companies to search efficiently for the right expert.
David Mulydermans, CEO of proUnity: “We do not do what we do for the recognition, but we are of course extremely grateful and humbled by winning the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. It helps emphasize why we do this and gives us even more power to continue this beautiful and exceptional journey!”
The company ranked second with a growth of 2,992.94% is Antwerp-based Byteflies, which was the 2018 Rising Star. Brussels-based URBANTZ came in third with a growth of 2,204.47%. Ghent-based Eyesee won the award for ‘Most Sustainable Growth’, which is presented to the Fast 50 contestant that has been ranked highest for the past 4 years in a row.
Sam Sluismans, Managing Partner Deloitte Accountancy and Programme Leader Deloitte's Technology Fast 50: “Once again we see massive growth for a Belgian scale-up company. The right ingredient to support super growth is solving global challenges. This year’s Fast 50 winner, proUnity, improves the connection between freelancers and companies, addressing the war for talent which is indeed a huge challenge impacting many organisations worldwide.”
Sector award categories
Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 also celebrates the fastest-growing companies in eight different sectors. In addition to the Software category, which was won by proUnity, awards were presented to the fastest grower in the Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical, Energy tech, Communications/Networking, Digital content/Media/Entertainment, Electronic devices/Hardware/Semiconductor, Medical devices, and Fintech.
- Medical devices: Byteflies, Antwerp – 2,992.94% growth
- Digital content/Media/Entertainment: Hello Customer, Ghent – 1,601.97% growth
- Fintech: Silverfin, Ghent – 676.46% growth
- Electronic devices/Hardware/Semiconductor: Granutools, Awans – 506.03% growth
- Energy tech: ENSEK Benelux, Beringen – 500.45% growth
- Communications/Networking: Pozyx, Ghent – 369.53% growth
- Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical: OncoDNA, Gosselies – 183.76% growth
Ethical hacking and bug bounty platform developer Intigriti is the Rising Star
The Rising Star 2020 was selected from the ten most promising companies that have been in business for less than four years. An independent jury, chaired by Duco Sickinghe, CEO of Fortino, assessed the investor pitch of each company based on the scalability of its business concept, overall market potential, management quality and the disruptive power of its innovation. The Rising Star winner is Intigriti, a company that developed an ethical hacking and bug bounty platform.
Stijn Jans, CEO of Intigriti: “We're incredibly proud to receive this title. It confirms our firm belief that more than ever, the crowd can be empowered by technology to make the world a safer place. It's not only a great recognition for our team that has given its all in the past few years and will continue to do so, but also for the more than 20,000 ethical hackers that are joining us on our mission to embrace sustainable security testing for everyone. We'd like to thank our customers that already have great faith in our way of working, and look forward to making an even bigger impact on their security maturity in the future!”
Epic Blue, a company that developed a workforce solution to increase the safety and performance of digital-savvy field workers, was named Most Disruptive Innovator. This award recognises the Rising Star nominee that has developed the most revolutionary concept or product within a specific technology segment.
Michael Ilsbroux, CEO of Epic Blue: “The Most Disruptive Innovator award is a tremendous acknowledgement by the jury of experts of the strong scale-up potential of Epic Blue. It confirms that we have reached a key turning point in our expansion thanks to our development work over the last three years. Together with our partners, we look forward to continuing on our journey towards global success.”
Fast 50 event
Given the unprecedented circumstances, this year’s successful Fast 50 event was virtual. The unique innovation and technology networking event, which brings together Belgium’s disruptor community, gave Fast 50 nominees, Rising Stars, corporates and investors the opportunity to matchmake and learn from a live debate with Benoît van den Hove, Head of Listing Belgium at Euronext, and Hans Leybaert, CEO at Unifiedpost Group, on how to prepare from Fast 50 to capital markets.
The afternoon programme also featured a keynote speech by Rich Diviney, retired Navy SEAL, author and speaker on leadership and optimal performance, who shared his insights into agility and flexibility in times of crisis. Vlerick Business School professor Veroniek Collewaert presented the Rising Star Monitor 2020 report: ‘Financing decisions of scale-ups’ that provides a dynamic view on scale-up practices. Fabien Pinckaers, CEO Odoo, delivered an inspirational talk about key factors that stimulate growth.
“While the awards and celebrating the achievements of the Fast 50 participants is important, there’s much more to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 than a competition,” said Sam Sluismans. “Our aim is to build a community, especially in these unusual times, which is why we are delighted that over 300 tech companies, Fast 50 partners and representatives from the world of innovation, technology and investment attended the virtual event to connect and be inspired.”
The 2020 Belgian Deloitte Technology Fast 50 competition was organised in association with Fortino Capital, Euronext, Salesforce and Vlerick Business School. For more information, visit www.fast50.be.
Original press release: Deloitte website