The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards, now in it’s sixteenth year, ranks Ireland’s fastest growing technology companies. The awards recognise companies that have demonstrated exceptional growth in turnover over the last 4 years in sectors such as software, hardware, communications, media, clean tech, telecoms, and life sciences.
As we await the announcement of the 2015 Deloitte Fast 50 rankings, we take a look back at some of last years winners and see what has changed for them in the last 12 months.
The Cork based company took top spot on the list last year. Inhance was founded in 2005 and specialises in wireless retail software solutions. Since ranking number 1 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list in 2014 they have also been named as a finalist for SME of the Year 2015 in the Cork Company of the Year Awards.
In April this year the company launched CTX, a content transfer app for smartphones and tablets in the UK & Ireland. The app quickly and securely transfers content such as images and videos between devices such as iOS, Android and Windows. They have also since announced a huge partnership with US company Stream Energy based in Texas. They are working with them to deliver an advanced mobile app that will allow quicker delivery of Mobile by Stream to their new customers.
Things are most definitely on the upward curve for Inhance Technologies as September saw them launch the first Cloud based Smartphone Trade-in Program aimed at reinventing the trade-in market which has faced its fair share of problems. “Inhance Trade” is the first solution of its kind and has already launched in the US. Inhance Technologies have been listed again as finalists in the 2015 Technology Fast 50 and will find out if they have retained their position at the awards ceremony on November 13th.
2014 saw Slainte Healthcare rank in the top 10 of the Fast 50 for the third consecutive year, sitting at number 5 in 2014. They are a leading international technology company providing healthcare software and services to the industry aimed at driving efficiency and and quality and in June this year they signed a lucrative deal with the Beacon hospital to install medical record software making it Ireland’s first paperless hospital. Slainte are Europe’s fastest growing Healthcare Technology company (Deloitte Fast 500, 2013 EMEA) and they expect to grow their workforce by 30-40 people at present.
A newcomer to the list for 2014, Voxpro entered in the top 10 at number 8. Ireland’s largest exporter of multilingual business process outsourcing Voxpro created 43 new jobs in it’s HQ in Cork in February 2015. The company boasts an impressive customer base with the likes of Google, Etsy and AirBNB relying on their services. Voxpro also have offices in Dublin and San Francisco and recently announced a plan to raise €20m for further US expansion with plans to create 780 jobs. There are also plans to expand into markets in Asia and the Far East in the future.
Cartrawler have featured consistently on the list for the last three years and ranked at number 13 for 2014. With 450 employees in Dublin, London, Boston and Helsinki, Cartrawler connects customers and travel companies with their car hire software. Featuring on the list again for 2015, Cartrawler has been linked to a takeover of AutoEurope this year, a company which targets Americans planning holidays overseas. Nothing about the deal has been confirmed yet but it would open up new doors in America for the company.
This year sees the introduction of 5 new categories to the awards which take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dublin 4, including;
- The Innovative new Technology award, in association with Google
- The Export award, in association with Intel
- The Research & Development award, in association with Groupon
- The Impact award in association with Paypal
- The Leading female award, in association with Vodafone