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 in Europe, based on the following 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 communities.

We officially congratulate our DT50 Winners of 2018. 

*Our Digital Top 50s for 2018 have been selected - take a look at our press release here*

You are awesome!

Winner B2B StartupDashmote 

Winner B2B Scaleup: CornerJob

Winner B2C Startup: Kaia Health 

Winner B2C Scaleup: TWINO  

Winner Tech for Social ImpactMadaster

Partnerships & Patronage

The awards will be under the patronage of Mr Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission, and the winners will be announced at TOA Berlin 2018 conference. We are also grateful for INSEAD's, Ashoka's and TOA's support as partners of the awards.

Prizes 2018

The Digital Top 50 Awards have been designed to recognise and reward bold talent, cutting-edge innovation and sharp business acumen.

All five category winners will receive:

  • Workshops tailored to the individual needs of your company to increase visibility and shape the brand
  • Consulting support and access to a network of the world’s leading decision makers from various industries
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Best Tech for Social Impact will receive a EUR 50.000 cash prize on top
  • All Top50s will be invited to TOA 2018 and the DT50 Award Ceremony, which offer unique networking opportunities

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Applications are open to Start-Ups and Scale-Ups from within the European Union and EFTA countries.

All applications must be received by April 1st 2018.

Please consult our FAQ section for additional information

  • Top B2C Start-up
  • Top B2C Scale-up
  • Top B2B Start-up
  • Top B2B Scale-up
  • Best Tech for Social Impact Company
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Oliver Samwer (Rocket Internet)
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Karel Dörner (McKinsey)
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Torsten Schuppe (Google)
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Karel Dörner

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.

Torsten Schuppe

Torsten Schuppe is the Vice President for Google Marketing DACH & CEE, responsible for B2C and B2B marketing and for Brand & Reputation in EMEA. Prior to Google, he was the European CMO of eBay, and before that Marketing Director at Bertelsmann's Direct Group. Torsten holds two business and economics diplomas from the Koblenz School of Management (WHU), Germany and the EM Lyon in France.

Alexander Kudlich

Alexander Kudlich is the Group Managing Director of Rocket Internet. He is responsible for operations, product development, technology and resources at the company. Prior to Rocket Internet, Alexander joined Axel Springer AG as the Assistant of the Chairman and CEO (Dr. Mathias Döpfner) and held various managerial positions in a group company of Axel Springer AG.

Harriet Green

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.

Niko Woischnik

Niko Woischnik has unarguably put his mark on Berlin by founding Tech Open Air, Europe’s coolest interdisciplinary and world’s first crowd-funded festival for knowledge exchange and collaboration. He’s also a founder of TechBerlin, the city’s first English language blog for Berlin techies, and a co-founder of Ahoy! Berlin - a 20,000 square feet space for coworking and innovation.

Sandra Fruendt

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.

Alban Gréget

Alban Gréget has been Deputy CEO of Artemis since February 2018. He joined Artemis as Deputy Investment Director in 2008. Prior to this position, he worked in investment banking at Societe Generale Corporate Finance, and then at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking. He graduated from ESSEC business school, France, in 1998. Alban is also an investment committee member of Red River West.

Aquilino Peña

Aquilino Peña is the Founder of Kibo Ventures, Spain's leading Early-Stage Investor. Before founding Kibo, Aquilino served as CEO (Spain) of MEC, the world's leading early-stage investor and spent five years at Boston Consulting Group. Aquilino has also been a Director and Member of the Board of the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA).

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.

Rainer Höll

Rainer Höll works for Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs, where he heads the search and selection of the most outstanding social entrepreneurs in 21 European countries. Rainer has also 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.

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

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