As many as 22 Polish high-tech companies made it into this year’s edition of Deloitte’s Central Europe Technology “Fast 50” ranking. Out of the top 10 companies on the list, three are Polish.
The highest ranking Polish firm is Kraków-based IT solutions provider Softhis, which came in third, with a 1,573 percent revenue increase. In last year’s ranking Softhis was ranked 29th.
“The secret behind our current success is for sure consistency, openness to innovation, as well as cooperation with scientific institutions and industry partners,” said Łukasz Rzepecki, president of the board at Softhis.
Warsaw-based web portal Comperia.pl, established in 2007, came in fourth, with revenue growth of 1,500 percent. This is the first year the company was included it Deloitte’s ranking.
“Comperia started to operate in the time of the financial crisis. In order to develop our business under such difficult circumstances, we had to adopt an innovative action plan, which at the same time was very risky,” said Bartosz Michałek, the company’s CEO.
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Polish companies that made it into the top 50 are based in cities all over Poland: eight operate in Warsaw, seven are based in Wrocław. Gliwice (Silesia voivodship) and Poznań each had two representatives among the top 50 tech firms. There were also companies from Kraków, Białystok, Lublin, Radom, Łódź, Szczecin, Rzeszów and Gdynia.
Central Europe’s tech leaders
The second-best country in terms of the number of companies among the top 50 was Hungary, with eight firms, followed by Romania with six. The companies are ranked based on the operating revenue growth over the past five years (2008-2012), which this year averaged 671 percent for the top 50 firms.
The top spot went to Romania’s online air ticket retailer Vola.ro for the third consecutive year. The company’s average growth amounted to 5,729 percent between 2008 and 2012.
Serbia’s Bitgear Wireless Design Services, the only electronics firm in the ranking, came in second, with a revenue growth of 1,872 percent over the past five years.
The Technology Fast 50 ranking focuses on companies providing innovative technologies in various fields, including biotechnology, telecommunications, electronics, media or green solutions.
As in previous years, the ranking was dominated by software companies (29 in total, with 13 firms representing internet technologies, five in telecommunications and with only one in each of the remaining sectors: computers, media and electronics.
‘Big Five’ and ‘Rising Stars’
Apart from the main ranking, Deloitte publishes a “Big Five” ranking with companies too big to compete in growth rates with smaller firms as well as a top 10 “Rising Stars” ranking, which includes companies that are less than five years old.
Two Polish companies were included in the “Big Five” ranking, taking the first (Goclever) and fifth (eSKY.pl) places. Also, five out of the 10 most promising rising stars were Polish, with software company DMSI taking the third spot.
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