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.
Experience the announcement of the Main Software 50 ranking live during the festive event on November 11th in Amsterdam, where leaders of the top software companies come together to share the latest insights. Entry is by invitation only. The event is set up in line with the Dutch government's COVID19 policy.
Every year hundreds of companies register for the Main Software 50. A mention in the top 50 is quite an achievement. Next to the top 3 winners, we also award the company with the largest revenue growth and the best company with a revenue under 1 million euro (new category). Winners will be put in the spotlight and receive a press kit.
The Main Software 50 ranking is watched closely by media, investors and strategic partners in the software field worldwide. A place in this listing can have a huge impact on your company’s future. Main Capital Partners, leading software investor in the Benelux, DACH and Scandinavia, is the initiator of the ranking.
"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."
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."
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
"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."
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."
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).
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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