Top 250 Groeibedrijven 2023

The two sides of sustainable growth: persistent growth and impact entrepreneurship
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Curious to know who are the fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands and their recipe for high-growth? Welcome to Top 250 Groeibedrijven 2023 – the latest edition of our yearly monitor of a group of leading high-growth firms in the Netherlands. This research is the result of a long-standing cooperation between Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and nlgroeitDownload our Insights Report and join our annual event! 

Including the full list of the Top 250 Groeibedrijven 2023, this year’s report sheds light on the growth journeys of some of the fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands together with interesting insights from our research into the Dutch landscape of high-growth firms.

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Bringing together the Top 250 Groeibedrijven on 25 September 2023!

We don’t only conduct research into the landscape of high-growth firms in the Netherlands, but we also bring together this group of exceptional firms at our annual Top 250 Groeibedrijven Event.

Join us at AFAS Theater in Leusden (Inspiratielaan 3, Leusden) on 25 September to network with your fellow Top 250 leaders, where the fastest-growing company in the Netherlands will be awarded the ‘Gouden Groeieraward together with winners of the Young, Female, and Impact Scalers. 

The event – made for and by entrepreneurs and C-level managers – includes an inspiring programme and the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions about scaling up. Limited spots are available so make sure to sign up below!

Key takeaways

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“Scaling is an art; a capability that you may develop and shape over time, collectively. While growth is about identifying a business model that fits best with emergent customer needs and demands, scaling means that you make your organisation much more flexible, resilient and open to dealing with shifting demands and circumstances.
– Prof. dr. Justin Jansen, Co-founder & Senior Fellow at Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship | Professor Corporate Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management

About Top 250 Groeibedrijven

The Top 250 Groeibedrijven in the Netherlands is an annual research publication by Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with nlgroeit. This report provides up-to-date insights into the Top 250 fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands. The list differentiates itself from other lists through its focus on both absolute and relative (in percentage) growth of companies that already have 10 FTEs at the start of the measurement period.

A Groeibedrijfis a high-growth firm (HGF) that grew on average by more than 20% annually in full-time employment (FTEs) over a three-year period (OECD, 2007). The Top 250 Groeibedrijven 2023 are the 250 most innovative and fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands and are selected on weighting of absolute (in number) and relative growth (in percentage) of FTEs between 2019 and 2022.

In this report, we make a distinction between two types of fast-growing companies: 

High-growth firms (HGFs) are companies that grow annually by more than 20% on average over a three-year period, with at least 10 FTEs at the start of the measurement period. 

  • Gazelles are HGFs younger than ten years. 
  • Mature HGFs are HGFs older than ten years. 

Hypergrowers are companies that grow annually by more than 40% on average over a three-year period, with at least 10 FTEs at the start of the measurement period. 

  • Scaleups are hypergrowers younger than ten years.
  • Superstars are hypergrowers older than ten years.
Discover the rankings of previous Top 250 Groeibedrijven editions (click on the photo):


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Top 250 Groeibedrijven 2023

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More about Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and co-initiator of the European Scaleup Institute, is a global leader in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation through research and education activities. We bring academic insights into the world of practice and empower change agents and their teams by developing entrepreneurial competencies, as well as practical tools and techniques to start and scale their growth and positive societal impact. Find out how we can support you:


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Leonardo Fuligni

Deputy Director