Congratulations to all those companies that have made it into the Top 50, which ranges from a global leader in online e-wallet and money transfer to the global leader in online luxury fashion goods. The Top 50 companies in this year's list have collectively grown their revenue base from €786m to a staggering €1,955m in a three year period.
Winner - Fastest Growing Larger Company Award & Uniqueness of Offering Award
Founded in 2002 and located in Hamburg and New York, Bigpoint develops and operates browser-based online games. The online games portal enables the community to play games and exchange ideas, make friends, set up guest books, and keep an online diary in blog form. The company offers games, such as action, shooter, adventure, strategy, and sport games. In addition, Bigpoint provides in game advertising services. Bigpoint was awarded the Red Herring 100 Europe, Eco Internet Award 2009, the Ruban d'Honneur from the European Business Awards 2009 and the OnlineStar awards as the most popular website in Germany. The company is backed by GMT Communications Partners and Peacock Equity Fund.
Winner - Best Execution Award, Best Management Award, Vision & Future Growth Potential Award & Judges Award
Founded in 2001 and based in France, vente-privee.com is an online private sales retailer. The company organises members-only shopping events online for the purchase of luxury consumer products with considerable discounts to retail prices for a limited period of time of 2-4 days. It has over 20 years of experience in fashion through its offline business. vente-privee.com has direct partnerships with more than 850 designer brands across Europe. The company expanded to Germany and Spain in 2006, and launched in the UK and Italy in 2008. In 2009, the company opened its regional offices in Spain (Barcelona), Germany (Düsseldorf), Italy (Milan) and the United Kingdom (London), to reinforce its local presence and optimise the direct partnerships with the national brands. The company is backed by Summit Partners.
Neil Hutchinson - Forward Intern
Winner - Digital Media Personality of the Year
Neil Hutchinson is the founder and Managing Director of Forward Internet Group (marketing agency specialising in search and moneysaving consumer websites and tools). Neil founded Forward Internet Group in 2004, beginning its meteoric rise from a one-man-band to one of the fastest growing Internet companies in the UK. Today, Forward Internet Group employs over 100 people and generates annual revenues of c. £60 million. Neil's vision for the future is to provide industry leading marketing solutions, as well as to build consumer websites and applications that everyone talks about.
Winner - Fastest Growing Company Award
Wonga was launched in 2007, and provides small, short-term cash loans online to UK consumers. The company has developed a real-time and fully automated loan processing system to provide fast, user-friendly and convenient services to its customers. Wonga rapidly became UK's most dynamic financial services provider with a mission to solve consumer's urgent and short term cash flow problems with an equally short term - and responsible - solution. Applicants simply need to determine the exact size and length of the cash advance using sliders on the home page, before submitting personal details online. Wonga carries out a credit check as part of the application process and informs their credit bureau partner of your trustworthiness (which may give you a better deal when searching for things like a mortgage). Wonga has a consumer credit licence from the Offi ce of Fair Trading and is a member of the Finance and Leasing Association. The company is backed by Balderton Capital, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners and Dawn Capital.