For the last couple of months I have been working with a group of advisors helping 10 technology companies in the Netherlands with their ambition to scale-up their businesses by expanding internationally.
It has been a privilege to spend time with the entrepreneurs and their management teams de-risking their plans for globalisation. Starting your own business and bringing people onboard to grow with you is a brave thing to do, and it usually involves raising significant amounts of funding on the basis of future success. To be successful you need a good product, driven by a strong workforce working to a set of objectives for sales, marketing and delivery, supported by a robust operation.
Experience tells me you can never be sure which ones are going to be the most successful, but you can make some reasonable predictions based on what you can see in the business right now and what they plan to do.