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This year’s dashboard, analyzing 100 award-winning startups, reveals significant trends in funding, origin, and industry impact. The full dashboard can be found at

Key figures

  • Total Funding: €2,1B, up almost €300M compared to last year’s awards.
  • Total Employees: 3,422
  • Active Startups: 85
  • Closed Startups: 8
  • Acquired Startups: 7

Funding trends by award win year

One of the dashboard’s features is the breakdown of funding by the year startups won their awards. Deep tech startups stand out significantly and make up the bulk of funding. For example, the deep tech winners in the last three years all received more funding than their peers of that year.

University spin-offs and alumni of HighTechXL

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and HighTechXL alumni are pivotal sources of these award-winning startups. TU/e spin-offs alone account for 20 of the total, highlighting the university’s crucial role in developing technology and fostering entrepreneurial talent.

The manufacturing sector’s dominance

Manufacturing startups lead in terms of economic impact. These companies make up the majority of the total economic contribution, commanding close to €2 billion in funding and employing over 2,500 people.

Gender Representation

The dashboard also touches on gender representation, revealing that 13% of the founders in these award-winning startups are female. While slightly higher than the Dutch national average, it indicates the ongoing need for greater diversity in the startup ecosystem.

In our latest magazine – IO Next: Gerard & Anton Awards – you read about the 10 winners of the 10th edition of our own Awards Show. We look back at the 90 winners before them and look ahead to the impact these 100 winners together are making on the world.

The Gerard & Anton Awards are supported by EY, Rabobank, V.O. Patents & Trademarks, TWICE, Kadans Science Partner, Braventure, Lumo Labs, Gemeente Eindhoven, High Tech Campus, Philips, Goevaers & Znn. B.V. and DeepTechXL.