8 companies from Groningen in the Fast50

Last Thursday, Deloitte announced the annual ranking of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in the Netherlands. No less than 8 companies in the ranking are based in Groningen and this is the fourth year in a row where Groningen as a city is in second place. And just like last year whopping 33% of Groningen companies are in the top 10 too.

VoIPGRID (3rd place, 2216% growth)

Mark Vletter’s telecommunications platform is also sector winner in Communication. Voys, the founder’s other company didn’t compete this year, but made it to the Fast50 for a whopping 4 consecutive years.

Athleteshop (7th place 972% growth)

This is the first year the online sportswear shop is featured in the Fast50. Last year, Athleteshop was the fastest growing Ecommerce company in the Netherlands and the first recipient of the Ecommerce 50-award.

Gadero (9th place, 787% growth)

Online wood and furniture shop Gaderohas made it to the list for the second time a row. Last year, Gadero was ranked number 10.

Brandfield (20th place, 496% growth)

This is the third time the online fashion store made it to the Fast50. Last year, the company was ranked 29th, with a growth percentage of 347%

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Hanze University in U-Multirank global top 5

Hanze University in U-Multirank global top 5

The Hanze University of Applied Sciences is number 5 in the world when it comes to the number of newly founded companies by graduates. On March 30, U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, published a major new release of data, shining a spotlight on high-performing universities. The European ranking compared more than 1,500 universities, from over 90 different countries worldwide. Boosting entrepreneurship in the region is high up on the Hanze agenda. By 2020, the university wants to create 500 startups and 5000 jobs every year. The Hanze is also currently investing a lot in regional collaboration. Innovation centers where researchers, students and businesses collaborate, are a good example of that, with EnTranCe and the Centre of Expertise for Healthy Aging already up and running. As far as successful graduate companies go, the textbook example would be HackerOne, founded by former Hanze students Jobert Abma and Michiel Prins. But there are also promising startups founded by students still studying at the Hanze. Here are a few:

HackerOne featured in Forbes' 30 under 30

HackerOne featured in Forbes' 30 under 30

Great news for HackerOne! The company made it to the Forbes list of 30 under 30 this year, the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young changemakers and innovators under the age of 30. HackerOne has its roots in Groningen and still has an office here. Co-founders Michiel Prins and Jobert Abma both studied at the Hanze University and started Online24 (HackerOne’s predecessor) in Groningen.