What is Tech5?

Tech5 is an annual competition organised by TNW and Adyen.

The competition showcases and awards the fastest growing companies in key European markets and Israël.

The Tech5 winner will be announced on stage at The Next Web Conference 2019.

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 Europe or Israël, 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]

*Companies founded after 2010 can be considered as applicants if they can show exponential growth between 2016-2018

The application

Signups for the 6th annual Tech5 competition start on November 27th, 2019 and end on February 1st, 2019. After signups have closed, we will get in touch with you to confirm your growth rate. 

The 100 nominated highest potential companies are invited to Founders Day, a celebratory day event in Amsterdam on May 8th, 2019, gathering alumni, press, and investors. On Founders Day, the Winner of the competition will be announced.

Additionally, each Tech5 company will receive 2 full TNW Conference passes, access to the Tech5 lounge, and direct access to curated matchmaking, content tracks, workshops and satellite events.

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 2018

Spain: Xceed
UK: Luno
Germany: Emma
The Netherlands: Picnic
France: Aircall
Sweden: Mentimeter

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 community of fast growing startups

Over the past decade, Adyen has acted as an enabler of growth by working with the fastest growing companies globally. TNW believes technology is making the world a better place, and successful startups deserve a chance to shine: Tech5 offers a place in the spotlight.

TNW founder Patrick de Laive explains why the competition is broadening its horizons:

“When we started Tech5, the startup scene was limited to particular areas of Europe. Now, in 2018, the whole ecosystem has expanded and stretches across the continent. As TNW is at the heart of tech, we have a commitment to bring this community together at Tech5.