#EEEInnovationsOy short-listed as one of this year’s #RedHerring 100 Europe! Please see the complete list of 2018 Top 100 Europe Finalists below. This is an exception to my previous articls/news, because it concerns the company I work for.
Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have valued the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private ventures from around the world.
The Red Herring Top 100 award highlight the most exciting startups from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Hundreds of companies from each region are reviewed in a rigorous 3-step process that looks at all aspects of the company.
The quality of Red Herring Award winners is proof of the thoroughness of the selection process.
Applicants must be:
A technology/life science company
Headquartered in the specific region of the corresponding Red Herring 100 award program
Privately held and not listed on any exchanges anywhere in the world
Red Herring 100 Awards are widely recognized as one of the industry’s more prestigious recognitions, with hundreds of candidates from each continent competing for a Top 100.
Red Herring uses more than 20 criteria to analyze the companies. Some criteria are scale-based and some are absolute numbers.
Criteria for the selection include, but are not limited to:
Level of specialty
IP in the solution created through internal R&D
Disruptiveness of the solution in its respective markets
International footprint (including international employees)
Revenues and the company’s overall globalization
Startup growth stage
Industry awards and recognitions
Number of customers and users
CEO/Team experience and track record
Team quality and experience
All companies that have attended past Red Herring events have gone through this process. The event presentations help to verify the quality and the business model as much as the vision of the entrepreneur. Choosing the winners is not just an internal process. Red Herring interacts with individual companies at several times prior to granting them an award. Also, all companies are examined by at least four judges before the conference, and by one or two judges during the event.
All companies submit a thorough report to help Red Herring judges reach a decisions.
Reports are read and vetted before a senior Red Herring representative validates the data in a phone conversation with the CEO and determines if their business model deserves further attention. In some cases, the Red Herring team will advise the company to submit at a later date because the company may not have reached the critical mass required to give it chance of becoming a Red Herring 100 winner.
Once companies are validated and graded, a short-list is established representing the most qualified companies. Companies making the short-list are asked to be part of the final phase of the award process, a live *presentation at their respective regional Top 100 event. The invitation is formal, done both verbally and via official email notification. Costs and logistics of attending the event are all disclosed.