The Top 250 Scale-ups 2018 (Top 250 Groeibedrijven 2018) is based on our ScaleUp Dashboard, which is an annual research into Dutch scale-ups conducted by our Academic Director and Professor Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Prof. dr. Justin Jansen:
“The ScaleUp Dashboard is the only list that truly takes into account and measures all companies in the Netherlands with more than 10 FTE. There are more lists about scale-ups available, but those give limited insights because companies have to register themselves or the lists are focused on specific sectors. Insights into which companies truly belong to the Top of scale-ups are missing and that is what we hope to achieve by creating and launching this Top 250 Scale-ups (Top 250 Groeibedrijven) – of over 3000 scale-ups – in the Netherlands.”
2018 is the second year that the Top 250 Scale-ups (Top 250 Groeibedrijven) is published and it is presented together with nlgroeit in presence of Queen Máxima on March 28th, 2018.
Based on FTE growth & nett job creation over 2014-2017.
CEO: Jitse Groen; Year of establishment: 2000; Growth rate: 68%; New jobs created:936; Location: Amsterdam. Takeaway.com (Thuisbezorgd.nl) is one of the world’s leading food-order sites. Takeaway.com operates on an international scale. All websites of Takeaway.com cover around 30.000 associated delivery restaurants. They are active in the following countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, The United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Vietnam. Takeaway.com is an intermediate between consumers and delivery restaurants. The focus is to make online food order accessible for everyone, customers or delivery restaurants. Takeaway.com takes pride in developing and maintaining the world’s best food ordering site.
CEO: Raymond Cloosterman; Year of establishment: 2000; Growth rate: 44%; New jobs created: 2448; Location: Amsterdam. Inspired by the wisdom and ancient traditions of Asian cultures, Rituals created an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products for home and body. Rituals hopes to enrich your life using unique signature fragrances that are carefully designed and composed by the world’s finest perfumers.
CEO: Pieter Zwart; Year of establishment: 1999; Growth rate: 50%; New jobs created: 2040; Location: Rotterdam. Coolblue. Once, it was only a college start-up. Today, it’s an online enterprise that’s made up of 8 physical stores and over 325 specialised webshops. Ever since they began in 1999, they’ve had but one goal: to make customers happy. Coolblue provides expert advice and they’re obsessed with customer satisfaction. Together, they work our butts off in order to amaze their customers.
CEO: Sander van der Laan; Year of establishment: 1993; Growth rate: 24%; New jobs created: 9000; Location: Zwaagdijk. Action is a fast-growing, international non-food discounter with a simple and successful business model operating in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Poland. They lead on price and differentiate on surprise. Action is known for our affordable everyday products. They offer over 6,000 different items in their stores, with more than 150 new products every week. Action sellsl A-brands and private label products. Products that makes your life easier, better and more fun. Good quality products that add value to your life. Because despite the low prices, Action makes no concessions to the quality of their products. Quality, sustainability and transparency are important.
CEO: Ilse Kamps; Year of establishment: 2008; Growth rate: 82%; New jobs created:500; Location: Assen. Catawiki is the fastest growing online auction platform in the world, with over 14 million monthly visitors from all over the globe. The aim is to make special objects accessible to everybody. This means that all 50.000 objects in more than 300 weekly auctions are unique, exclusive and difficult to find.
What makes Catawiki unique? All auctions are created by an expert in his or her field. The team of experts examines every object that is being offered by our sellers and determines whether it is suitable for the auction or not. Because of this, the quality of the auction stays high and the selections stays diverse.
CEO: Ineke Kooistra; Year of establishment: 2000; Growth rate: 59%; New jobs created:605; Location: Hoofddorp. YoungCapital connects high-educated, young talent to employers. During their studies, after graduating or as young professionals. Young talents are the drivers of innovation in the company. They believe like no other in the power of the new generation. That’s why YoungCapital stimulates companies and organisations to utilise this strength. The unique aspect of YoungCapital is it’s central database, in which data of thirty niche-job boards and -websites (every single one specialised in the target group young talent) are bundled. The database gives access to a total population of more than 4 million subscribed candidates, with which YoungCapital covers the whole Netherlands and has the biggest network of Europe.
CEO: Rene Moos; Year of establishment: 2004; Growth rate: 20%; New jobs created:755; Location: Hoofddorp. With 1.5 million members and over 500 clubs, Basic-Fit is the European market leader in the value-for-money fitness market. The company is active in some of Europe’s most attractive markets: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Spain. With around 3,500 employees, Basic-Fit operates a straightforward membership model, offering uncomplicated, essential and effective fitness experiences that are both affordable and easy to access for everyone. Building on their longstanding expertise, Basic-Fit combines a flexible low-cost membership model with high-quality fitness equipment and technology, virtual and live group lessons and shareable family passes.
CEO and founder: Pieter van der Does; Year of establishment: 2006; Growth rate: 35%; New jobs created:356; Location: Amsterdam. Our founding team called the business Adyen – Surinamese for “Start over again”, and focused on building a frictionless, state-of-the-art infrastructure that connects directly to card schemes and payment methods around the world, enabling businesses to accept payments and grow revenue online and in store in a single system. Adyen’s platform lets you expand quickly, manage risk, and track results – one platform, one partner, no hassle.
CEO: Huub Vermeulen; Year of establishment: 2009; Growth rate: 20%; New jobs created: 533; Location: Utrecht. Bol.com opened on their online store on 30th March 1999. More than eighteen year later, the shop has 8 million active customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Bol.com is one of the most popular shops in the Netherlands and Belgium. At Bol.com, customers get the biggest assortment of over 20 product categories with books & e-books in Dutch and other languages, music, movies, games, electronics, toys, baby products, furniture, sports, leisure time and much more. Over 1400 experts work in the headquarters in Utrecht. Via fulfilment partner Ingram Micro, hundreds of people work daily in the package centre in Waalwijk.
CEO: Dick Wammes; Year of establishment: 1993; Growth rate: 20%; New jobs created: 273; Location: Sittard. Customer behaviour is hard to predict. To stay competitive it is key for companies to meet this challenge. This is where Dynagroup can help. By sharing their extensive knowledge and offering cutting edge technology they streamline processes and implement business improvements that lead to short and long-term results. Combining the strengths of all their business units Dynagroup aims for 100% success and absolute customer satisfaction. Acting as the partner behind the scenes, together with their customers, they achieve stunning results. In a personal yet professional way.
Insights into the Top 250 & Discover scale-ups in your region or sector
The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship also conducts research on scale-ups on a regional level, on commission for organizations such as the Brabantse Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij (BOM), Innovation Quarter (IQ) and the city of Rotterdam. The insights help them discover how many scale-ups their region has and how to best support and promote their growth, thereby creating new jobs in the regional economy. 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.
In alphabetical order
Criteria Top 250 Scale-ups
Companies are supposed to be economically active on January 1st, 2014 and needed to have a minimum of 10 FTE and/or to have made €5 million in revenue. In three consecutive years the company needs to grow with a minimum of 20% each year in revenue and/or FTE.
The Top 250 realized the most growth over the period. The Top 10 is based on the FTE growth & nett job creation over 2014-2017.
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