France tops the charts in Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA

Nov 30, 2012
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rockyAfter the release of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in France and in other countries earlier this week, which highlighted display ad-tech startup Criteo & online music streaming service Deezer as France’s fastest growing startups, the Deloitte 500 EMEA has confirmed that Criteo not only placed on top in France, but its 202,100% growth over the past five years beat out any other European company – by more than 1000%. The second-fastest growing company, UK-based ZBD, which operates in the semiconductor space, showed growth of 17,910%.

France tops the charts

All three of the top awarded French startups in the Fast 50 placed among the top 10 in Europe, with Deezer at #7 and Sewan Communications at #10. In addition, France, for the third consecutive year, had the most companies in the 500 list, beating out the UK(74) with  90 companies, down 3 from last year. Not many companies saw growth between 2011 and 2012 in number of companies on the Fast 500 (Norway +4 at 52, Poland +6 at 21), which suggests all European countries are producing more & more high-growth companies.

The software industry was most present in the Fast 500, with 40% of the companies operating in the software industry, followed by 21% Internet, 17% in TelCo., and 8% in Semiconductors. Nonetheless, 4 of the top 10 (listed below) Fast 500 companies were in the Internet industry, and another 3 in the TelCo. industry.

Top 10 Companies on Fast 500 EMEA

  1. Criteo[FR]            – 202,100% (Internet)
  2. ZBD[UK]               – 17,910%   (Semi-conductors)
  3. Vola[RO]              – 17,323%   (Internet)
  4. Belsimpel.nl[NL] – 16,155%   (TelCo.)
  5. Elkotek[TR]         – 13,880%   (TelCo.)
  6. Tektronik[TR]     – 11,368%   (Software)
  7. Deezer[FR]         – 10,455%   (Internet)
  8. Exoclick[ES]       – 9,571%     (Internet)
  9. Midsummer[SE] – 8,109%     (GreenTech)
  10. Sewan[FR]          – 7,833%     (TelCo.)

Notably, France’s Graftys also ranked as the top growing BioTech/Pharmaceutical company. You can see the entire list of the Fast 500 EMEA here.