Tech 5: A community for Europe's hottest young scale-ups

Tech5 showcases the hottest young scale-ups in 20 European countries based on their performance, growth, and potential! Please take a few minutes to write down some personal details, company details and your growth story.
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Challenge Details

The Tech5 showcases the hottest young scale-ups in 20 European countries based on their performance, growth, and potential. Criteria include notable investment rounds, team growth, media coverage and social impact. The top-5 of each country will be invited for the Founders Day during TNW Conference.


On May 8th 2019, a day before TNW Conference, Founders Day will take place in Amsterdam. This day will reunite Tech5 alumni, top-tier investors, influencers, global press, and of course the 100 Tech5 companies to network and enjoy a full day of celebration. During Founders Day, the community will vote for the hottest European company of the year, which will be celebrated during an intimate award ceremony.

On May 9-10, all 100 companies are invited to join TNW Conference V.I.P style. This means you'll be invited to exclusive events and we look for opportunities to include you in the content program of the conference.

  • Join an inner circle of highest potential
  • Exclusive participation at the Growth Quarters at TNW Conference 2019
  • Be named as Tech5 company in your country
Practical Details

In order to apply for the Tech5 you have to meet the following criteria: Note: Every participant is requested to put a placeholder in their calendar on the 8th, 9th and 10th of May, 2019, for attending Founders Day and TNW Conference 2019.

  • Founded 2013* or later (*Companies that launched their product publicly in 2013 but were incorporated in 2011 or 2012 are also considered)
  • Company HQ is located in Europe or Israel
  • Company builds and markets its own product or service (no agencies)
  • Founder(s) have to be present at Founders Day (May 8th)
November 27th, 2018
Signups open
February 1st, 2019
Signups close
February - March 2019
Verification of growth rates
March - April 2019
Invitations and Preparation to Founders Day
May 8th to 10th
Founders Day & Grand Finale at TNW Conference 2019

Sorry, we no longer accept applications!