Announcing the 2015 European Tech5: Identifying Europe's fastest-growing tech startups


The Next Web and global payments technology provider Adyen announce another edition of the European Tech5: An online competition in search of Europe's fastest-growing tech startups. Over the course of 6 weeks the Tech5 will rank the continent's best technology startups based on growth in revenue and users.

Six countries

High growth tech startups from six European countries will be eligible to join the Tech5 in phase 1 of the competition, if they meet the criteria. Companies from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are eligible for a spot on the top 5 list for their country. Those that make the cut will be invited to a country-specific event hosted by Adyen and attended by local press and a TNW editor.

Winners invited for panel discussion TNW conference Europe

All national winners are invited to be a part of a panel discussion at TNW Conference Europe on the 23rd-24th of April in front of the most successful people in tech (3500 of them). Here they will get a chance to share their best business practices, experiences and lessons learned.


The Tech5 is initiated by The Next Web in partnership with Adyen and is aimed at fast growing tech startups. The criteria to join the Tech5 include that a company:

- Has more than 200k EUR revenue in 2014, and;
- Is in operation for less than 5 years, and;
- Has its headquarters in Europe, and;
- Builds and markets its own (scalable) product or service driven by technology (no agencies, consulting companies).

Starting today

As of today, European technology companies can sign up to join the Tech5.

""Starting a company is one thing, but growing a sustainable and profitable business requires hard work. Those companies get my deepest #respect and the Tech 5 makes sure they get the attention they deserve."" Patrick de Laive, co-founder The Next Web
""As a fast growing Tech company ourselves, we pride ourselves in supporting new generations of fast growing Tech start-ups on the European scene once again. There are very exciting initiatives throughout Europe, Adyen is working with many of the hottest “once start-ups” worldwide and The Tech5 competition is a great opportunity for us to meet and be involved with the most promising European Tech companies."" Roelant Prins – CCO Adyen
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About TECH5

The Tech5 is a pan-European competition to identify the fastest growing tech companies in Europe with its finale at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam where all country winners present their company and represent their country.

Tech5 is an initiative of TNW and Adyen.