The Inc 5000 - America's Fastest Growing Private Companies

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Every year, Inc Magazine does a ton of work to identify its list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America: the Inc 5000. We absolutely love it and know it takes a ton of time and effort. Making the list provides visibility and recognition to the winners, but it's also a great way for investors to source new investments, and for sales teams to find prospects reach out with a targeted message.

We think this list is the one of the best sources of up-and-coming companies, so we've dug into the data (and added some of our own) to break down the most popular sectors on the list, see where the winners come from, and explain how companies make it onto the Inc 5,000.

Which companies are new to the award? Download a list of Inc 5,000 companies making the cut for the first time in 2016.

Which cities fielded the most winners?

Though San Francisco and New York dominate the startup chatter, this year's Inc 5,000 winners came from all across the country. Here are the cities that house the most Inc 5,000 winners in 2016.

Rank City Companies Avg. 3-Year Growth Rate Avg. Employees
1 New York 182 588% 236
2 Atlanta 101 620% 348
3 Chicago 95 408% 99
4 Austin 90 350% 138
5 San Diego 70 642% 89
6 Houston 70 321% 98
7 Dallas 61 339% 252
8 San Francisco 56 502% 124
9 Seattle 54 363% 109
T-10 Denver 50 285% 271
T-10 Washington 50 541% 89

View the full list of winners on Inc's website.

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What are the most popular sectors?

This year's Inc 5000 was dominated by the following industries:

Rank City Companies Avg. 3-Year Growth Rate Avg. Employees
1 IT Services 686 314% 145
2 Advertising & Marketing 484 367% 66
3 Business Products & Services 481 388% 187
4 Health 386 493% 308
5 Software 332 437% 125
6 Construction 267 319% 123
7 Financial Services 249 528% 217
8 Government Services 246 484% 151
9 Consumer Products & Services 232 832% 145
10 Real Estate 190 444% 117

How do you get on the Inc 5,000?

Generally speaking, the Inc 5,000 captures the fastest-growing private companies in America (there are, of course, international versions as well). But the devil's in the details - companies must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for consideration:

Companies must:

  • Be independently, privately owned (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
  • Be based in the US
  • Started earning revenue by March 31st, 2012
  • Earned at least $100,000 of revenue in 2012
  • Earned at least $2,000,000 of revenue in 2015
  • Earned greater revenue in 2015 than in 2012

Though 2016's list is already in the books, entrepreneurs can make a note to apply for consideration in 2017 once the application is live - this year's deadline was May 2, 2016.

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