What is Tech5?

Tech5 is an annual competition organised by TNW and Adyen.

The competition showcases and awards the fastest growing companies by revenue in six key European markets.

One winner from the best of these six markets will be announced on stage at The Next Web Conference 2018.

Why should I enter TECH5?

Enter TECH5 and show millions of people around the world your business.

Finalists get international media exposure and instantly become part of a network of the fastest growing startups in Europe. You’ll reach more people than ever before and take your business to a new level.

If you were founded in 2013 or later, and are located in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, France, Germany or Sweden, you can apply now!

“It was exceedingly helpful to win Tech5 UK. At the time, we were fundraising and the competition helped us to start all sorts of business conversations across Europe.” [Alex Klein CEO, founder Kano - UK Winner 2016]

The application

Signups for the 5th annual Tech5 competition start on January 3rd, 2018 and end on March 1st, 2018. You’ll be asked to disclose your percentage growth in revenue between 2015 and 2017. After signups have closed, we will get back to you to confirm this growth rate.

Winners are invited to a celebratory dinner in their ecosystem’s capital, together with alumni, press, and influencers. After local winners have been announced, the overall winner will be announced at TNW Conference 2018, May 24th and 25th.

Please find more information about the process and conditions here.

“Tech 5 shines a spotlight on the great companies being started and built in the UK & Europe. Events like this help to strengthen the ecosystem on this side of the Atlantic.” [Alex Zivoder. CEO, founder GoHenry]

See you at the finals!!

Country Winners 2017

UK: Deliveroo
Germany: Bragi
The Netherlands: Tiqets
France: Misterfly
Sweden: Matsmart

Previous Tech5 winners

These companies already made their mark on Tech5

  • Fairphone
  • YPlan
  • Lyst
  • Transferwise
  • made.com
  • SwiftKey
  • CrowdCube
  • Lesara
  • Foodpanda
  • Movinga
  • FinanceFox
  • Blacklane
  • Delivery Hero
  • Finexkap
  • Drivy
  • Cabify
  • Kantox
  • Acast
  • Deliveroo
  • Tiqets
  • Bragi
  • MisterFly
  • Happn
  • CornerJob

Our country ambassadors

We are working with key influencers to connect to your country’s ecosystem

  • Miguel Vicente

    Miguel Vicente

    Chairman, Barcelona Tech City

  • Jonas Björkman

    Jonas Björkman

    Founder, Tessin

  • Reshma Sohoni

    Reshma Sohoni

    Co-Founder and MD, Seedcamp

  • Corinne Vigreux

    Corinne Vigreux

    Co-Founder, TomTom

  • Max von der Ahé

    Max von der Ahé

    Co-Founder , Betahaus

  • Frédéric Mazzella

    Frédéric Mazzella

    Founder and President, BlaBlaCar

Our connection to fast growing startups

The Next Web is a tech media company that believes technology is making the world a better place. Successful startups deserve a chance to shine. The TNW Conference and our news blog are some of the ways we do this.

Adyen is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world. Now, they want to share an opportunity for young companies with the same ambition.