Despite having just moved into the new Shopware headquarters, yesterday we set off once again for Berlin, where Deloitte GmbH, an auditing firm, invited us to the thirteenth presentation ceremony of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards.
In summary: wow - we are so incredibly proud of this nomination. Every year, Deloitte awards the 50 fastest growing technology companies for their top entrepreneurial performances. Back in 1995, the competition was launched in the USA and has since developed into an international initiative.
The official award ceremony for both categories, “Rising Stars” and “Sustained Excellence Award”, was held yesterday evening at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. Deloitte also awarded a special prize for the “Innovation” category.
“The nominated companies have the potential to take off globally”
The significance of these awards was emphasised by what Dr. Andreas Gentner, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications at Deloitte, said: “This year we received numerous applications from the entire range of technology sectors. The wealth of ideas underlines the strength of innovation in Germany. In the digital age, companies have to rethink their business processes, adapt their products and analyse as well as evaluate large amounts of data. Professional IT solutions are therefore very much in demand. The “Fast 50” participants have gained customer acceptance with their innovative business models and have the potential to take off globally.”
Shopware AG was also presented with the Technology Fast 50 Award. Measured by the accumulated sales growth over the last four financial years, Shopware is therefore one of the fastest growing technology companies in Germany. It should be notes that even Google, today’s market leader in internet search engines, was presented with this exact award in 2004.
The basis for this award
We have many different factors to thank for being able to hold this fantastic award in our hands. In particular, we direct our thanks to you, our large Shopware community, which includes more than 48,000 customers and 1,200 partners. Close collaboration with you makes it possible for us to develop open source software that is perfectly customised to the needs of those who run online shops.
Another basis for our growth rate is due to the fact that 10% of our annual turnover is invested in research and development. At the end of the day, eCommerce is an extremely fast moving sector and it’s therefore exceptionally important to pursue new trends and watch out for innovative technologies. With our latest version, Shopware 5.1, with which we want to design online shopping to be even more emotional and inspirational with great features like Digital Publishing or Product Streams, we once again prove how highly innovative we aim to be.
This kind of innovation can also be seen in our new Shopware headquarters, which is flooded with daylight and exceptional workstations. The additional services that Shopware AG offers its 90 employees – including company outings, fresh fruit every day, free use of the gym – also contribute to this superb success.
This full package is the open secret behind our success story that has been affirmed by receiving the Fast 50 Award. We now look forward drive even further together with you.