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Freshfields joins Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet to announce Digital Top50 finalists

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) has joined forces with a host of global firms including Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet to select the shortlist for this year’s Digital Top50 – celebrating the best of Europe’s start-ups. More than 600 early stage and digital firms applied across four categories: B2B, B2C, Social Impact and Early Stage. 
The selected Top50 finalists come mainly from Central and Western Europe, spanning sectors as diverse as health and biotech, energy and environment, and CRM/enterprise. Most of the businesses focus on AI, SaaS, marketplaces and platforms; and around one-third were founded by females. 
Lars Meyer, member of the jury and partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, said: “It was very challenging to select the DT50 shortlist. The diversity and distinctiveness of the applicants was highly impressive and proves that Europe's tech and start-up community is vibrant and flourishing. It's also an encouraging sign that one-third of the applicants have been founded by women.” 
The winners in the four categories will be announced at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin on 12 December 2019.
The full list of finalists can be found here:
Notes to the editors 
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About Digital Top 50
Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet have joined forces to create the Digital Top 50 Awards to reward and celebrate the bold and trailblazing work of tomorrow’s top entrepreneurs, together with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Created under the patronage of Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the awards are aimed at bolstering Europe’s thriving tech scene and recognizing the continent’s most promising start-ups. Accompanied by the knowledge and resources of academic and research partners such as INSEAD, Ashoka and RWTH Aachen University, the DT50 brings together a wealth of expertise to support Europe’s digital ecosystem.