After much consideration, the Red Herring judging panel has announced its Top 100 Europe winners this evening, recognizing Europe’s leading private companies and celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Ekkono makes the list for the second consecutive year.
Red Herring Top 100 Europe enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects the award winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the European Region. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers. Red Herring’s Top 100 list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring’s editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Alibaba, Facebook, Google, SalesForce.com, Skype, SuperCell, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube would change the way we live and work. Thousands of the most interesting and innovative companies have graced the Top 100 list over the years.
“In 2021, selecting the top achievers was by no means a small feat. In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early in the European tech ecosystem. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Europe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Ekkono embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Ekkono should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong”, says Alex Vieux, Publisher and CEO of Red Herring.
Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation, management quality, overall business strategy and market penetration. This assessment was complemented by a review of the track records and standings of similar startups in the same verticals, allowing Red Herring to see past the “hype” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Europe.
“This is the second consecutive year that we are listed on the Red Herring Top 100. I said last year that being listed gives us further credibility to be enterprise partners for Smart IoT. We have certainly proved that during 2021 and we are more excited than ever to scale up our effort to make the world’s connected things smarter and more energy-efficient with our Edge Machine Learning solution”, says Jon Lindén, CEO and Co-founder of Ekkono Solutions.
Following the well-deserved win, Ekkono is invited to showcase the company to the US market at the Top 100 North America event and compete internationally for the Top 100 Global in October 2022.