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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, together with Freshfields law firm.


Since 2016, the Digital Top 50 Awards recognize Europe’s top entrepreneurial talent and endorse the continent’s thriving tech scene. The Awards cover the full spectrum of our diverse ecosystem. Startups from all over Europe (EU and EFTA) can apply for one of the 4 categories:

  • Best B2B Startup
  • Best B2C Startup
  • Best Early Stage Startup
  • Best Social Impact Startup

 

Applications are evaluated by DT50’s Executive Jury, a hand-picked panel of experts, veterans in venture building and growth mentoring. The jurors will choose four winners in their respective categories. The jury for 2019 will be announced shortly.

 

Of all applicants, 50 will be selected as this year’s Top 50 cohort and publicly announced in November. They will be invited to Berlin and offered the opportunity to exhibit their business and meet investors, journalists and decision makers at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin Conference on December 11-12, 2019. The four winners of their respective category will be announced at an exclusive gala event during the conference and celebrated together with prominent guests and supporters of the DT50.

Applications are open until September 22nd.

Apply now for the DT50 Awards 2019!

Tell us more about your tech business. Applying will only take 10 minutes. Deadline for all applications is Sunday, September 22nd, 2019.

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By clicking on "Apply Now", you enter into the Award participation under the Award Terms with the Organizers, and agree to be bound by these. All applications must be received by September 22nd 2019.

Partnerships & Patronage

The awards were founded under the patronage of Mr Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. We are also grateful for INSEAD's and Ashoka's support as partners of the awards from the very beginning as well as the most recent support of the European technical university of Excellence, RWTH Aachen, as research partner and TechCrunch as media and conference partner.

Prizes

All Top50 candidates will be invited to Berlin and offered the opportunity to exhibit their business and meet investors, journalists and Europe’s digital decision makers at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin Conference on December 11-12, 2019. Also all Top50s will be invited to join the exclusive DT50 gala event to celebrate their entrepreneurial achievements together with Europe’s digital elite.

The 4 winners of their respective categories will receive:

  • Consulting support and problem solving sessions with our best strategy experts
  • Workshops tailored to the individual needs of your company
  • Invitations to exclusive events and access to a network of industry leading decision-makers
  • 1:1 sessions with experienced coaches and entrepreneurs from the DT50 network
  • 25,000€ cash prizes for the Early Stage and Social Impact winners

Who can apply?

Applications are open to Startups from within the European Union and EFTA countries that have a digital product or service as the central element of their business and revenue or enterprise valuation below one billion US Dollars. 

You can apply to four categories:

  • Best B2C Startup: You have the provision of products or services to consumers as the main focus of your value creation. Moreover you have typically received Series A+ funding and have usually achieved product-market fit in the first markets and are focusing on the expansion of  your business to new markets and on advancing products.
  • Best B2B Startup: You have the provision of products or services to other businesses as the main focus of your value creation. Moreover, you have typically received Series A+ funding and have usually achieved product market-fit in the first markets and are focusing on the expansion of  your business to new markets and on advancing products.
  • Best Early Stage Startup: You have typically received early-seed or seed funding for an existing MVP/Product and usually are proving product-market fit and retention in a first market.
  • Best Social Impact Startup: Having a lasting positive impact on society at large by solving a social problem is the main focus of your products or services.

For further details on the requirements of your application please also check out our Terms of Participation -here- .

 

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Oliver Samwer (Rocket Internet)
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Karel Dörner (McKinsey)
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Torsten Schuppe (Google)
the Social Impact category

Executive Jury

We are very grateful for the support of our prominent Executive Jurors in the previous years and will announce this years jury board shortly

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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