Google, McKinsey, Freshfields, 468 Capital and Hering Schuppener have joined forces to organize this year’s Digital Top 50 Awards to reward and celebrate the bold and trailblazing work of tomorrow’s top entrepreneurs across Europe.
Since 2016, the Digital Top 50 Awards have recognized Europe’s top entrepreneurial talent, endorsing the continent’s thriving tech scene. The Awards cover the full spectrum of the business and technology landscape. Startups from all over Europe (EU, EFTA and UK) can apply for one of the four categories:
Applications are evaluated by DT50’s Executive Jury, a hand-picked panel of experts, veterans in venture building and growth mentoring. The jurors will choose the winners in their respective categories.
50 applicants will be selected as this year’s Top 50 cohort and publicly announced in September. They will be invited to join the Bits & Pretzels Networking week from September 27 to October 2, 2020 where we will celebrate and announce this year’s winners.
We have three good reasons, why it is worthwhile for you to apply:
1. A brand boost – previous winners tell us that being recognised as one of the hottest European tech companies adds to their credibility and further growth. We are also promoting out winners and Top50 candidates through social media and press outreach.
2. A prize package that you cannot buy - all winners receive as part of their package Tailored workshops and consulting packages, this includes:
In addition the Social Tech winner receives a 50k cash prize.
3. An opportunity to network - all of the Top50 will be invited to join this years Bits & Pretzels virtual networking event, giving you the opportunity to make the most of the networking options such as: Startup pitch, Table Captains, Founders Roulette, access to all other attendees, etc.. In addition, you can of course leverage the networks of all the partners.
The DT50 award helped with our business development and sales teams especially as we are working with rising and emerging technology. After we won DT50 back in 2016, it helped give us an objective validation from third-party sources which directly boosted our product’s sales, leads and brand recognition. DT50 has also been a great way to show appreciation – and I was surprised how excited our employees were about winning.This didn't just go for individual executives and contributors at Everledger – winning awards is a tremendous morale builder for teams and should not be underestimated as a great motivator for all staff.
Being Europe’s #1 Tech for Social Impact is amazing! The thrill of the selection process, the professionality of the guidance and the door-opening reputation of the jurors and sponsors is incredibly rewarding. Just mentioning that we won the DT50 prize gave us credibility in the market and that is exactly what we wished for. Competing in a challenge like DT50 isn’t easy, but winning is fabulous. So go for it, show what you can and become a winner too!
Winning DT50 added to our credibility, contributed to a tenfold sales increase and helped us stipulate our position as a sustainability and carbon management tech leader in Europe. We are still bearing the fruits of this success and are really grateful for the opportunity!
Winning the DT50 is an honor by itself but the fact that it also comes with the offer of workshops and other engagement from the global brands behind the award is more than a bonus. In the workshops organized for Raisin – with Google, McKinsey, and Freshfields – we gained real insights and, as you might imagine, unique global overviews. The teams working with us were thorough, investing over and above our expectations and sharing valuable resources with us, making the entire experience of being a DT50 winner a very rewarding experience.
The Awards were founded under the patronage of Mr Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. We are also grateful for INSEAD's and Ashoka's support as partners of the Awards from the very beginning as well as the most recent support of the European technical university of Excellence, RWTH Aachen, as research partner and Sifted and Bits&Pretzels as media and conference partners.
We are very grateful for the support of our prominent Executive Jurors in the previous years and will announce this years jury board shortly.
Harriet Green is currently CEO & Chairman of IBM business in Asia Pac. She was previously Global Head of Watson Customer Engagement, Watson Internet of Things and Education at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, she served as CEO of the travel firm, Thomas Cook Group. In 2017, The Financial Times ranked Harriet No. 6 in their “HERoes ranking: Champions of Women in Business” list.
Roland Busch is a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens. He is Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Osram Licht AG and is part of the Board of Directors of Atos SE. Roland studied physics in Nürnberg and Grenoble and holds a PhD from University of Erlangen.
Mike Butcher MBE is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch, and co-founder of ThePathfounder magazine. Mike has been named one of the most influential journalists in European technology by Wired and The Daily Telegraph. He co-founded The Europas Awards for European startups, the non-profits TechVets and Techfugees, the co-working network TechHub and has advised the UK government.
Peter Zemsky is the Deputy Dean of INSEAD Fontainebleau. He holds the chair of the Eli Lilly Professorship for Strategy and Innovation at INSEAD. Peter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Summa Cum Laude and holds a PhD in Business from Stanford University.
Founded TechHub, the home of 400 high-growth tech companies in London that's worked with thousands of companies to support their growth. Members have exited to Google, Facebook, Oracle and others, and raised over $1billion. Elizabeth’s been selected for Computer Weekly’s UKtech50, Debrett's 500, Vogue UK’s Generation Tech. Advisory boards: Imperial College, Silicon Valley Bank.
Karel Dörner is a Senior Partner and Head of McKinsey Digital Labs Europe. Prior joining McKinsey, Karel co-founded and directed eBay Europe as well as the US-based mobile software provider Aventeon Inc. Karel studied at WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management and the University of Michigan.
Sandra is the Director for Google Marketing in Germany, responsible for all B2B activities. She has 20+ years Marketing experience in Tech companies. Her passion is helping businesses - regardless of big or small, new or old - to grow through the transformative power of technology. Prior to joining Google, she was Head of Mobile TV at Vodafone and VP Marketing at Cocomore AG.
Alexander Kudlich is the General Partner and Co-Founder of 468 Capital. He has 15 years experience in tech investing and business building. Prior to 468 Capital, Alexander joined Rocket Internet in 2011 and has served as the company’s second most senior executive since. He started his professional career as the Chief of Staff to Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE during its digital transformation.
Lars is a partner and Global Co-Head of Tech, Media and Telecoms at global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and a senior member of the European technology, media and telecommunications team. He advises companies and financial investors on M&A transactions and other investments across the world, with a particular focus on transactions in the tech and digital space.
Julia is a Partner at Ashoka – the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs – and the Managing Director of Superrr Lab. Where she works is at the intersection of technology and society. She is particularly interested in the impact of emerging tech on our everyday life and society at large. Julia is the founder of the Prototype Fund and Code for Germany.
Malte Brettel is a professor and vice-rector at Germany’s largest technical university, RWTH Aachen University. He founded the university’s business incubator “Gründerzentrum”, one of the leading university incubators in Germany. Prior to his university career Malte Brettel has worked as a consultant and successfully founded the online used-book platform ABEBooks, which is now owned by Amazon.
Applications are open to Startups from within the European Union, EFTA countries, and the United Kingdom that have a digital product or service as the central element of their business and a cumulative received funding below 100mn USD
Applications will be accepted for four categories:
For further details on the requirements of your application please also check out our Terms of Participation -here- .
Europe's tech scene is exciting. We are seeing huge amounts of talent, a deep understanding of technology, and a clear desire to move things forward. But the road for founders is hard. With DT50, we want to make it easier for them to find their way. At Hering Schuppener, we help trailblazers to gain social acceptance for their pioneering ideas, and to win support in the public and political arena, by sharing our experiences, networks and insights.
Entrepreneurial talent is a key source driving digitization in Europe. We need great talents that further accelerate the disruption of nearly all business models. McKinsey aims to support you strategy-wise and provide intense consulting and coaching together with our Digital McKinsey unit. In addition, we will connect you with leading industry experts and corporates, because it is time to make something big out of your idea and your talent!
One of the really remarkable things about digital technology is that anyone with a great idea can use the power of the web to invent the future and launch the next big thing. But the journey for entrepreneurs is hard. Many don’t know where to start and where to find help. We want to help even more European entrepreneurs grow & scale their ideas into exciting new businesses. This is for everyone.
A growing number of world leading technology companies emerge from all over Europe. 468 Capital supports European entrepreneurs with global ambitions. With dual headquarters in Berlin and San Francisco, we are uniquely positioned to be a strong local partner for taking a global perspective. With the DT50 Awards, we want to support and honor the next generation of global technology champions from Europe.
We are extremely enthusiastic about the talent and innovative drive of tech entrepreneurs across Europe. Building on our global footprint and leading tech practices in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, our ambition is to support them on the legal and regulatory aspects they are facing in building, growing and defending digital business models, and to share our wealth of experience from advising some of the largest and fastest growing tech companies in the world.