The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship monitors and investigates fast-growing companies in the Netherlands in collaboration with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Every year, we present the results of this in the Scale-up Dashboard, which is made of different data sources, own research and already existing data bases.
The Top 250 Growth Companies is based on the Scale-up Dashboard and is published in collaboration with nlgroeit. The research is led by Prof. Dr. Justin Jansen, Academic Director of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management:
“The Scale-up Dashboard is the only list that truly takes into account and measures 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.”
2019 is the third year that the Top 250 Scale-ups (Top 250 Groeibedrijven) is published and presented together with nlgroeit during their yearly event at the Business Boost Live in Ahoy Rotterdam.
Download the Top 250 Scale-ups 2019 insights report
Every year, the Top 250 Scale-ups (Top 250 Groeibedrijven) is published. This list is based on our Scale-up Dashboard and gives insights into which companies truly belong to the Top of scale-ups. A special report is created with more insights into the Top 250 Scale-ups 2019, download it below:
The Top 10 Scale-ups have been ranked twice: once in the number of jobs created in FTE in the period 2015-2018 and once in the average annual growth in FTE. The average of these two placements then determines the final score. With an equal ranking, the ratio of growth of the scale-ups to the two criteria was examined. The largest grower ends up higher.
Founder: Michiel Muller; Year of establishment: 2015; Growth rate: 162%; New jobs created: 1697; Location: Amsterdam.
Picnic is an online supermarket that saves consumers time, money and effort by delivering all the groceries to their doorstep. The company was founded only three years ago, but the ecofriendly electrical cars from Picnic have been already become iconic in Dutch cities. Technology, smart planning, and a fleet of electric vehicles lead to less food waste and fewer food miles. Picnic is competitive and sustainable. By their own words, software is helping them lead a grocery revolution. But they don’t just sell apples. The entire operation is run in-house: the supply-chain, forecasting, warehouse systems, partnership and fleet strategies. From the backend to the front, Picnic is pioneering development in e-commerce and urban logistics. With a data-driven approach and an app-only store, Picnic has become Europe’s fastest growing online supermarket.
CEO: Jitse Groen; Year of establishment: 2000; Growth rate: 88%; New jobs created: 2272; 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 ordering 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: 38%; New jobs created: 2880; Location: Amsterdam.
Founded in 2000, Rituals is the first brand in the world to combine Home & Body cosmetics. Inspired by the wisdom and ancient traditions of Asian cultures, Rituals created an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products for home and body. At the brands core is the belief that happiness can be found in the smallest of things. This begins with feeling good about yourself and discovering how to savor the beautiful intensity of ordinary things. Just by taking the time to enjoy a warm bath, a cup of tea or a relaxing massage you can make any moment take on a special significance. Rituals hopes to enrich your life using unique signature fragrances that are carefully designed and composed by the world’s finest perfumers.
CEO: Sander van der Laan; Year of establishment: 1993; Growth rate: 21%; New jobs created: 10000; 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: Ineke Kooistra; Year of establishment: 2000; Growth rate: 55%; New jobs created: 944; 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: Shay Banon; Year of establishment: 2012; Growth rate: 65%; New jobs created: 700; Location: Amsterdam.
Elastic is a search company. As the creators of the Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash), Elastic builds self-managed and SaaS offerings that make data usable in real time and at scale for search, logging, security, and analytics use cases. Elastic’s global community has more than 100,000 members across 45 countries. Since its initial release, Elastic’s products have achieved more than 400 million cumulative downloads. Today thousands of organizations, including Cisco, eBay, Dell, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, HP, Microsoft, Netflix, The New York Times, Uber, Verizon, Yelp, and Wikipedia, use the Elastic Stack, and Elastic Cloud to power mission-critical systems that drive new revenue opportunities and massive cost savings.
CEO: Pieter Zwart; Year of establishment: 1999; Growth rate: 32%; New jobs created: 1557; 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 their butts off in order to amaze their customers.
CEO: Kelly Grooteman; Year of establishment: 2004; Growth rate: 74%; New jobs created: 480; Location: Maarssen.
Calco is a young, innovative and ambitious organization. They are specialized in training, secondment and coaching of new and experienced IT-professionals. Since their founding in 2004, they helped over 1600 professionals start a successful career in the IT. Personal attention for their employees is key, as Calco believes people can reach their full potential when they are on the right place.
CEO and founder: Pieter van der Does; Year of establishment: 2006; Growth rate: 35%; New jobs created: 519; Location: Amsterdam. The founding team called their 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: Rene Moos; Year of establishment: 1984; Growth rate: 14%; New jobs created: 626; Location: Hoofddorp. With 1.84 million members and over 630 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 over 4,000 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.
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.
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Criteria Top 250 Scale-ups
The Top 250 Scale-ups differentiates itself from other lists by its focus on growth in employees and turnover, instead of only focusing on turnover like other lists often do. The Top 250 Growth Companies is an overview of fast-growing companies (scale-ups), they:
- have at least 10 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) and / or at least 5 million euros in turnover at the start of the measurement period;
- achieved an average growth of at least 20% in FTE and / or revenue in three consecutive years in the 2015-2018 period.
The Top 250 Scale-ups is made up of the 250 Dutch companies that grew the most in turnover and/or employees during the period 2015 until 2018. The Top 10 is based on companies that created the most jobs during this period and showed the highest average annual growth in employees.
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