Scale-up Research 2019

The landscape of Dutch scale-ups

The ScaleUp Dashboard is an annual research that answers various questions surrounding the phenomenon of scale-ups. How many scale-ups does the Netherlands have and what is the impact of these fast-growing organisations in terms of job creation and the Dutch economy? In collaboration with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, we answer these questions and map the landscape of Dutch scale-ups.

The ScaleUp Dashboard 2019 shows that:

  • The increase in fast-growing companies in the Netherlands has more than halved in the past year. Whereas the number of fast-growing companies increased by 18 percent on an annual basis in 2017, the number of fast-growing companies only increased by 7 percent in the past year to 2,880 fast-growing companies in the Netherlands at the end of 2018.
  • The number of startups that grow into a fast-growing company has decreased for the first time in years (by 1.8 percent).
  • Almost two thirds of Dutch fast-growing companies lose their fast growth after their first growth spurt.
  • Amsterdam has, yet again, achieved the highest number of fast-growing companies, followed by Rotterdam. Eindhoven is characterized by the largest percentage increase in the number of fast-growing companies compared to the previous year (+ 30%).

“Data and insights about scale-ups are crucial. Not only for generating smart policies and contemporary support programmes. But also to inspire others and to show that scaling is possible.” – Prof.dr. Justin Jansen

Research insights

ScaleUp Dashboard 2019

Are startups developing into scale-ups and what is the trend? Which regions in the Netherlands have the most fast growing companies? And what is the age of the largest group of fast growing companies? Prof. Justin Jansen (Academic Director Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurhsip at Rotterdam School of Management) conducts research into the landscape of Dutch scale-ups.

Scale-ups play an important role in the job creation process and thereby substantially influence the regional economy. Our research shows that the Top 250 Scale-ups of 2017 already created over 10.000 jobs. These high-growth firms are strongly dependent on their local economic context. In order to stimulate the labor market and economy, scale-ups need to be understood and supported.

A scale-up is defined as a company with at least 10 employees that has grown by at least 20 per cent per year over a three-year period (OECD, 2007). A company is considered fast-growing when it can be defined as a development-stage business, that is looking to grow in terms of market access, revenues, and number of employees.

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More scale-up research

Apart from the national ScaleUp Dashboard, we also conduct research on regional level, on commission for organisations such as the Brabantse Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij (BOM), Innovation Quarter (IQ) and the city of Rotterdam. Also for non-governmental and commercial organisations, our database and studies can be adapted to region or sector, reveiling all companies with a reliable 3-year top growth record.

Get an overview of scale-ups in your region or sector

By using our database, get adapted information about the amount of scale-ups your region or sector. As an example, you can download the Rotterdam report (in Dutch) below.

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Fast-growing companies substantially influence the employment opportunities. By better understanding scale-ups, all kinds of benefits for the labor market arise.

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Fast growing companies in the Netherlands

Top 250 Scale-ups

Every year the Top 250 Scale-ups (Top 250 Groeibedrijven) is published. This list is based on our ScaleUp Dashboard and gives insights into which companies truly belong to the Top of scale-ups. The companies in the Top 250 together created over 30.000 jobs!

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Prof.dr. Justin Jansen

Academic Director

Marleen Bax

Project Manager Education

Curious to learn more about the ScaleUp Dashboard and our research in the area of fast-growing organisations?

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Email: research@ece.nl
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