Deloitte Technology Fast 50: gold for Prusa Research and FF Trader, bronze for Rohlik.cz and Blindspot Solutions
The Central European ranking of the fifty fastest growing technological firms Deloitte Technology Fast 50 was dominated by 19 companies from the Czech Republic! They include the most successful Czech company, 3D printer manufacturer Prusa Research, which ranked second, and Blindspot Solutions on the third place – a newcomer in the competition focused on the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prusa Research found itself on the podium twice, because in addition to its achievement in Fast 50, it was also successful in the Big 5 category for large players, where it was the winner. Czech technological companies thus created a record in the 20-year-long history of this competition.
“The objective of this competition is the find out ambitious fast growing technological companies and make them more visible. We can say without exaggeration that anyone who means anything in the technology world in the Czech Republic has gone through this competition. Czech companies grow at the record rate and they have dominated the ranking for two years running. But this year is truly record-breaking, not just in terms of the number of award winners but in particular in terms of the number of tech companies that appeared in the main ranking,” says Jiří Sauer, leader of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in the Czech Republic.
Unfortunately, a hat-trick in the form of three consecutive first places in Fast 50 and thereby the title of the fastest growing tech Company in Central Europe, which went to the Czech Republic twice in a row thanks to Prusa Research (2018) and Kiwi.com (2017), did not happen – the winner was the Lithuanian company Voltas IT with a growth rate of 5,734 percent… But it would not be Czech companies if they did not find another way. And so they took the gold elsewhere. Twice, just to be sure.
What did the representatives of the three most successful Czech companies say during the award ceremony?
Josef Průša (founder and CEO of Prusa Research): “A growth rate of 4,527% seems huge, but we feel that we are still only at the beginning. Growth is measured by turnover, not by what percentage of our potential we actually use. And in this respect were are still at the start. The most important thing for us is that what we do makes sense. That people like our printers, like using them, recommend them to others, and that we could maybe help someone through all this).”
Štěpán Kopřiva (co-founder and CTO of Blindspot Solutions): “Why does development in the area of artificial intelligence generally take so long? It is not as easy as it looks. We develop artificial intelligence in many areas and we try to do it so that it can help. Artificial intelligence has already caught up with people at least in terms of speed. It is not there yet when it comes to the quality of decision-making, that is going to take long…”
Otakar Šuffner (co-founder and CEO of FF Trader): “Získejúčet is a platform where we look for successful traders on finance markets. We had the idea a few years ago in a small office in Žižkov where we started trading on the stock exchange, but we did not have the money for it. We prepared a school project but they told us that it was all rubbish and that it could never work. But we tried. And now we are here!”
Find out more about ranking and results @ Deloitte Fast 50 page.