DIGITALEUROPE is proud to introduce Rombit, nominated by Agoria, among the selected SMEs to participate in the Future Unicorn Award. This Belgian company is transforming the operational efficiencies of ports and cities simultaneously, while improving the safety of workers.
Rombit quickly improves planning, operational efficiency and safety for ports and cities. A thorough market knowledge helps Rombit solve actual business problems whilst making the lives of every worker a lot easier and safer. It delivers user-friendly cloud dashboards that closely integrate with buy-and-build IoT-devices and with the proprietary Romware brand. The successful launch of the “Romware industrial safety & security wearable” and the “A-Sign Wireless digital city signs” made Rombit one of Europe’s fastest growing companies. The Belgium-based scale-up has grown to 60 employees and a 6 million EUR revenue.
Advice for policymakers
Firstly; let’s continue the efforts to position the EU as a platform for innovation and business development. There are many productive initiatives such as H2020, but we can do better and leaner. Lots of the budget is lost to academic and other go-betweens who do not offer any actual value. A direct contact – governed by a light administration process – between government and SME’s is a platform for growth on both sides!
Secondly: Support ‘relevant’ business. There is no use in stimulating any kind of entrepreneurship, just because it is the fruit of one’s “passion”. To be relevant means: to offer a solution to an actual problem, whilst having a thorough knowledge of competitors and target market. First do your homework, then start a business. The EU might as well provide some necessary ‘nudges’.
The Pan-European Future Unicorn Award aims to highlight innovative SMEs that have the potential to become Europe’s next unicorns. The award is compiled by asking all the national trade associations affiliated with DIGITALEUROPE to nominate a single SME from their country. This results in a truly pan-European selection of incredible digital companies from all sectors.
The award will be delivered at our flagship event, Masters of Digital, in Brussels on 21 February.
For more information about the award please contact Yann Finger.