Main Software 50

Join the Main Software 50

Software companies are the engine of the digital economy. The Main Software 50 Awards give acclaim and deserved appreciation to outstanding companies in the sector. The ranking is based on hard company data and audited by independent research organization Dialogic. This year the Main Software 50 takes place for the tenth time.

Read more about the criteria for participation and the procedure here. 


Why join the Main Software 50?

"The Main Software 50 Award we won in 2013 felt like a recognition for all the hard work of the previous years. It was tremendously important! Also for other reasons. For our investors it reconfirmed the correctness of their decision. It helped us in recruiting new people. And it helped us find the courage to keep going. A wonderful gift."

Bob Janssen
Founder RES Software (acquired by Ivanti in 2017)

"I think it's cool that the Main Software 50 is there. It gives publicity to the Dutch software industry. People often look at the United States and India. But there are many successful and fast-growing companies in the Netherlands too. For OBI4wan specifically, the list meant a great deal for our visibility and branding."

Alexander de Ruiter

"I am holding the physical award in my hands. It took me six seconds to find it, even though I've moved to the United States and my house here is being renovated as we speak. This goes to show that the award has meant a great deal to us. Software is not an easy business when it comes to PR. If you call a journalist and tell them there is a new version of your software that also supports MySQL, they will say, ‘So what?’ So this was an incredibly important recognition."

Johan Jongsma
Founder IASO (acquired by GFI Software in 2013)

"We participated to enhance external visibility and also because we wanted to measure ourselves against others. Are we really doing it right, that question. It's not easy to get this insight from the company’s own accounts, certainly not in the early years. We also chose to participate in the Main Software 50 after the initial growth slowed down, because it looks at more than just percentage sales growth, which means that participation remains interesting."

Ronald van Tiel
Founder FleetGO

"Before we were acquired by the Norwegian company Visma, we participated in the Main Software 50 every year. We did that for the purposes of traction and marketing. For customers, a nomination is a confirmation that you are an established party. It also helps with respect to prospects. The award radiates authority."

Marieke Saeij
CEO Onguard (acquired by Visma in 2020)

"The Dutch software sector could use some more attention. The sector is very dynamic: a lot is happening and there are big successes to celebrate. And not all of this is seen by the media and society. The more the successes become visible, the more this commotion will attract people. That is why the Main Software 50 is a good initiative."

Wolter Smit
CEO Topdesk

Programme Main Software 50 - 2021

14:30 – 15:00



Main Software 50 2021
Moderator Ann-Lynn Hamelink and Pieter van Bodegraven, Head of the Benelux at Main Capital Partners, discuss the results of this year’s ranking.


Software in review
Looking back at 40 years of software with Dutch entrepreneurs who helped shape the software landscape. With Chris Ouwinga (co-founder Unit4), Bob Janssen (co-founder RES Software) and Charly Zwemstra (CEO Main).


High Growth Award ceremony



In control of your cyber security
Key-note from Talitha Papelard, Director of Business Security at Northwave, followed by a panel discussion with Marieke Saeij (CEO Visma|Onguard), Mark de Groot (Lead ethical hacking team KPN) and Bram Kaashoek (MD Market Intelligence at Main).


Main Accelerator Award ceremony



E-commerce, a game changer
Panel discussion on quick commerce, the battle between online supermarkets, and on the learnings for b2b. With Stephan Bosman (Head of E-commerce Plus Retail), Rishi Ramdaras (Head of Design FastAF) and Stefan van Opstal (CEO Netivity).

Is your company part of the top 50 in the Netherlands?

Have you always wanted to know how your software company performs in relation to the industry benchmark? Register now for the Main Software 50 and your company will be subjected to a comprehensive screening. Participation is free of charge, the honor is priceless.

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Main Software 50

Winners 2021

For the 10th consecutive year, software investor Main Capital Partners organised the Main Software 50 in order to make the Dutch software sector, as a driver for growth and innovation, more visible to the larger public.


Overall Champion #1


Textkernel is the international leader in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Semantic Technology for matching people and jobs. Textkernel's proposition makes recruiting smarter and more effective for thousands of companies.


Overall Champion #2



Overall Champion #3


E-WISE is fully specialized in online education for professionals that are obliged to follow a refresher course, such as dentists, nurses, lawyers, accountants and teachers. E-WISE is by far the largest in the Netherlands in its segment and has offices in Utrecht and Berlin.


Highest Growth Award


Convious builds and delivers an e-Commerce SaaS platform for the leisure industry. The software helps its clients to sell more from their own channels by means of optimized advertising budgets, dynamic pricing and personalisation. Convious is used by over 100 amusement parks and attractions in 13 countries.


Main Accelerator Award


The first Main Accelerator Award for promising start-ups goes to Tigris, a fast-growing flex platform connecting candidates, employers and recruitment companies. The platform offers a full service solution for job marketing, recruitment, operations and payrolling.

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