Top 250 Scaleups 2021

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Top 250 Scaleups are still an engine of job creation
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Who are the fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands? What is behind their success? Welcome to Top 250 Scaleups 2021 – the lustrum edition of our yearly monitor of the top scaleups in the Netherlands. This research is the result of a long-standing cooperation with Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and nlgroeitScroll down for the Insights Report and the full list of companies!

Top 250 Scaleups 2021 is not just another edition of our yearly report. Not only because it’s our lustrum edition, but also because our economy is in the process of recovering from months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Top 250 Scaleups 2021 and the COVID19-pandemic  

As it appears on our ScaleUp Dashboard 2020, fast-growing companies are vulnerable to crises; yet, they can be the quickest to recover from economic shocks and act as an engine of economic recovery. ”The 250 innovative companies represented in this report are the perfect examples of scaleups as an engine for economic recovery. In total, these scaleups have created about as many new jobs as the Top 250 Scaleups before the pandemic,” says Martin Luxemburg, director of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. 

This lustrum edition shows that fast-growing companies are benefiting from accelerated changes in customer demand and relationships, especially in the field of digitalisation as innovative revenue models were already implemented before the corona pandemic.  

Top 250 Insights Report

Including the full list of the top Dutch fast-growing companies of this year, together with special content from Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, this Insights Report also shares case studies on some of the Top 250 Scaleups 2021 and some insights from our year-long research into Dutch and international scaleups.  

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Top 250 Scalups 2021 in sectors

Most fast-growing companies are located in sectors at the intersection of digitalisation, services and marketing & media.

Top 250 Scaleups 2021 across regions

Amsterdam is the city in the Netherlands with the most companies in the Top 250 Scaleups 2021, followed by Rotterdam (17) and Eindhoven (17). 
“These companies are progressive in developing new solutions and also able to manage the high-growth of their organisation. They do this by continuously improving, accelerating and adapting the organisation to future challenges.”
– Prof. dr. Justin Jansen, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Top 250 Scaleups 2021

In alphabetical order

About Top 250 Scaleups

The Top 250 Scaleups is an overview of fast-growing companies (or scaleups) 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.

Top 250 Scaleups consists of a selection of fast-growing companies (scaleups) that:

  • 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 2017-2020 period.
Discover the rankings of previous Top 250 Scaleups editions (click on the photo):


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