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The DT50's support the most promising companies on their way to becoming the next European unicorns. WHAT’S GREAT
ABOUT EUROPE’S
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To celebrate Europe’s thriving tech scene, Google, McKinsey & Rocket Internet have founded the Digital Top 50 Awards to recognise the most promising Start-ups, Scale-ups and Tech for Social Impact Companies, who will be Europe’s Digital Market Leaders of tomorrow.

Congratulations to our 2016 winners that have been honored at the the 2016 Slush conference in Helsinki - the largest conference for high-tech startup companies in Northern Europe. Read more about our winners and their business models.

“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.”

Torsten Schuppe

VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING, GOOGLE

“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!”

Karel Dörner

SENIOR PARTNER, MCKINSEY

“Europe’s tech scene is growing fast - we see more and more entrepreneurs building great companies. We want to share our experience and support with these talents in order to scale their businesses. The Digital Top 50 Awards are a great chance for companies to raise money but also to get access to a large network of experience and industry relevant-contacts. At Rocket Internet, we have built more than 100 companies across 110 countries and know what it takes to make a business succeed.”

Oliver Samwer

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ROCKET INTERNET

Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet have joined forces to create the Digital Top 50 Awards to reward and celebrate the bold and trailblazing work of tomorrow’s top entrepreneurs.

The Digital Top 50 Awards recognise the top entrepreneurial talent on the continent in five categories: B2B Start-ups, B2C Start-ups, B2B Scale-ups, B2C Scale-ups and Tech for Social Impact Companies. Participants will have their companies and ideas reviewed by a jury of key figures in the European tech, consulting, academic, corporate and investment community.

Winners will be granted a cash prize or receive valuable support through exposure to leading professional advice and structured consulting and coaching programmes. Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet will share knowledge and experience, both working with you and connecting and exposing you to the community of top decision-makers and investors out there.

We are grateful that EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas endorses the Digital Top 50 Awards as a patron – thus promoting Europe as a hub for the digital scene, and INSEAD joining the Digital Top 50 Awards as academic supporter.


Jury

Karel Dörner

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Karel Dörner

Karel Dörner is a partner at McKinsey & Company. 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.

Torsten Schuppe

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Torsten Schuppe

Torsten Schuppe is Vice President Marketing at Google, where he is primarily responsible for Brand and Consumer Marketing in the EMEA region. Before joining Google, Torsten held various positions at eBay and Bertelsmann. He graduated from WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management, has an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and attended the Executive Program of Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

Oliver Samwer

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Oliver Samwer

Oliver is the CEO of Rocket Internet, the most important company builder outside the U.S and China. He has lead the building process of more than 100 companies in 110 countries. Today Rocket Internet has more than 36,000 employees. Prior to Rocket Internet, Oliver built Alando.de and Jamba! AG. Oliver has also worked as Managing Director for eBay Europe and was named 2015’s most influential person of the internet, by WIRED magazine.

Peter Zemsky

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Peter Zemsky

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.

Aquilino Peña

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Aquilino Peña

Aquilino Peña is the Founder of Kibo Venture, the most active VC in digital companies in Spain, with over 40 investments. Prior to that Aqiiino was the CEO for Spain and Portugal for MEC (WPP) and Managing Director of interactive services for Orange. He started his career as entrepreneur with Submarino.com, an ecommerce player in Europe and Latin America, which went public in 2005. Aquilino has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Tom Standage

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Tom Standage

Tom Standage is the Deputy Editor of The Economist. He has been working as Technology Editor for The Guardian and has been published in Wired, The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph. Today he is responsible for the newspaper’s digital strategy. Tom studied Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Helene Barnekow

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Helene Barnekow

Helene Barnekow serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sweden’s leading telephone company Telia. Before joining Telia, Helene held various positions at EMC Corporation, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and Novo Nordisk, where she was responsible for Global Marketing Activities.

Roland Busch

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Roland Busch

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 Nurenberg and Grenoble and holds a PhD from University of Erlangen.

Harriet Green

Harriet Green

Harriet Green is Global Head of Watson IoT, Cognitive Engagement at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, she served as CEO of the travel firm, Thomas Cook Group. In 2013, she was rated one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.

Patricia Barbizet

Patricia Barbizet

Patricia Barbizet serves as CEO and chairwoman of Christie’s international, the world’s leading auction house, and as vice-chairwoman of the board of directors of Kering, a world leader in apparel and accessories in Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle. Furthermore, she is CEO of Artémis, the investment company of the Pinault family. She also holds seats on the boards of Total and Peugeot. Patricia studied at ESCP-Europe Business School. In 2007, she was rated one of the 50 most powerful women by Fortune’s Magazine.

Rainer Höll

Rainer Höll

Rainer Höll is a member of the German leadership team of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. He also serves on the board of the Social Reporting Initiative that enables social startups to report their social impact. Prior to Ashoka, he worked for the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Bertelsmann Foundation. He studied in Tübingen, Berlin and London and holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.