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