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News : Innovation Last Updated: Nov 19, 2012 - 4:36 PM


Ezetop is this year’s top winner of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Irish technology awards
By Finfacts Team
Nov 19, 2012 - 4:07 PM

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Left to righ: Brendan Jennings, managing partner Deloitte, Chris Horn, co-founder and former CEO Iona Technologies, Mark Roden, chairman Ezetop and Richard Howard, partner Deloitte.

Ezetop, (www.ezetop.com) a company which enables people living or working abroad to instantly top up mobile phones of friends and family back home, has achieved top spot in this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards.

Deloitte says the company's services are available from more than 350,000 retail stores in 16 countries, as well as online and on mobile phones, achieved an aggregate growth rate of 6986% over the last five years. The company is a first time entrant to the Fast 50 awards.

The average growth rate of the Fast 50 companies named in this year’s ranking is 556%. Second place on this year’s ranking was taken by Compliance and Risks (www.complianceandrisks.com), another first time entrant to the awards programme. The company, which provides innovative online tools that deliver the most timely and accurate global regulatory intelligence, achieved this spot with a growth rate of 2886%.

Deloitte said the 2010 winner, Software Asset Management Ireland (www.sami.ie), a supplier of software and information technology solutions to the education and voluntary sector, continues to perform strongly in the ranking, taking third place with an average growth rate of 2428%. The highest ranked company from Northern Ireland was Rehabstudio Ltd in fifth place. The company demonstrated a growth rate of 1187% over the last five years.

The Fast 50 programme, now in its thirteenth year in Ireland, ranks the fastest growing technology companies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Technology Fast 50 awards are an opportunity for businesses to gain recognition for their successes and achievements.

Two companies have also been awarded Rising Star awards. This category recognises younger companies with the fastest growth in turnover over the past three years. FeedHenry Ltd, which provides a cloud mobile application platform that simplifies the development, integration, deployment and management of secure mobile apps for business, represented the Republic of Ireland in this category. The company achieved a growth rate of 2862%. The Northern Ireland winner, with a growth rate of 1618%, was Sixteen South. The company develops, creates and produces children’s television and was also the recipient of this accolade last year.

This year, there are 15 companies from Northern Ireland in the Fast 50 ranking, an increase on last year’s total of 14. There are 8 new entrants to the ranking.

Announcing the winners of the Technology Fast 50 programme, Richard Howard, partner with Deloitte, Dublin said: “Each year, we are considerably enthused by the resilience and tenacity of the indigenous technology sector as they demonstrate high levels of growth amidst challenging economic times. One of the key drivers of this growth has been their ability to capitalise on international markets.

Many Irish companies now have an increased focus on international expansion as a way to drive sustainable growth. The indigenous technology sector has been a trailblazer in this regard – some of our most successful technology companies have long been internationalising their IP and reaping the rewards. It’s encouraging to observe that so many of our Fast 50 winning companies are seeking to exploit both local and global markets to their best advantage.”

In total, seven counties across the island of Ireland are represented on this year’s listing. Dublin leads the pack with 30 companies, followed by Antrim with 12 companies. There are two companies each from Cork, Limerick and Down while Derry and Kerry are represented by one company each. 

Once again this year Northern Ireland companies Novosco, Andor Technology and Texthelp ranked on this year’s listing. These companies have featured in the ranking since the beginning of the programme.  

The awards took place in the Guinness Storehouse on Friday 16th November.  Dr Chris Horn, co-founder and former CEO Iona Technologies, was keynote speaker at the event.

Details of the final Technology Fast 50 ranking list are available to download at www.fast50.ie.               

Fast 50 Ranking:

 

Ranking

Company

1

Ezetop

2

Compliance & Risks

3

Software Asset Management Ireland

4

The Now Factory

5

Rehabstudio

6

Exigent Networks

7

Sláinte Healthcare

8

Card Commerce

9

Impedans

10

e-Celtic

11

CarTrawler

12

Export Technologies

13

PathXL

14

Aspen Grove

15

Ripplecom

16

Avvio

17

Rycoweb

18

Tickets.ie

19

Aetopia

20

Creme Software

21

Digiweb Limited

22

First Derivatives plc

23

Seopa

24

Learning Pool

25

H2 Compliance

26

Emydex Technology

27

Espion

28

iQuate

29

Novosco

30

Openet

31

Andor Technology

32

Camara Education

33

Aepona

34

Integrity Solutions

35

FarmWizard

36

Populis

37

Acksen Ltd

38

Leaf Consultancy

39

Blueface Ltd

40

Capstone

41

TerminalFour

42

Ocuco

43

Excelsys Technologies

44

Servecentric

45

Arekibo Communications

46

Texthelp

47

i-conX Solutions

48

Version 1

49

Trilogy Technologies

50

Compass Informatics

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