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About the Tech5

The competition is broken down into three phases. The top 5 companies from each country will be selected and featured on the TNW Blog at the end of Phase 2. All country finalists will be invited to attend TNW Conference Europe in April.

After that the fastest-growing company from each country will be announced. These six companies will be invited to speak at the TNW Conference Europe, where they will get stage time in front of a live audience.


Over the course of 6 weeks the Tech5 will rank the continent’s best tech companies based on growth percentage.

Phase 1February 3rd - March 8th
Phase 2March 9th
Phase 3April 23rd
  1. Phase 1
  2. Phase 2
  3. Phase 3

Phase 1 - Submissions

High growth tech startups from 6 European countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.) are eligible to apply for the Tech5 competition, if they meet the following criteria.

The company:

  • Has more than 200k EUR revenue in 2014, and;
  • Is in operation for less than 5 years, and;
  • Has its headquarters in Europe, and;
  • Builds and markets its own product or service (no agencies, consulting companies).

Companies can submit themselves or be nominated by others. A research team at TNW will then verify submissions and invite companies to join the competition. If you are sure that your company meets the criteria, you will also be able to proceed directly to filling out the data form after you nominate your company.

Phase 2 - Wildcard voting stage

The top 5 companies from each country are selected. Each country’s fastest-growing company will be on stage at TNW Conference Europe. A public vote decides which other company deserves to be on stage with them. Every company can be voted for regardless of their position in the top 5 of their country. If the vote is won by a company that is already the fastest-growing company in their country (and so will already be on stage at the conference), the wildcard slot will be awarded to the first runner-up that is not already a winner.

Phase 3 - Offline European Finale

All country finalists will be invited to TNW Conference Europe (April 23rd and 24th) which will be attended by 3,500 of the most prominent people in Europe’s tech scene. The top company from each country will be awarded a speaking slot on stage at the conference.