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The Inc 5000 - America's Fastest Growing Private Companies

Every year, Inc. Magazine identifies and compiles a list of 5,000 of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The Inc. 5000 provides provides visibility and recognition for the winners, but it's an unparalleled tool for investors to source new investments, and for sales teams to find prospects reach out with a targeted messaging.

Using DataFox data in conjunction with the (otherwise impossible to find) company information provided by Inc. Magazine, we ran an analyses to identify historical business trends and gain a deeper understanding of companies that make the list every year.

This year we dug into the data to do an analysis spanning the last decade of America's Fastest Growing companies.
In this post, we will cover:

  • What are the most popular sectors?
  • Which cities fielded the most winners?
  • How do you get on the Inc. 5000?

Register here for the complete report of the Inc. 5000. The DataFox analysis covers the most popular industries in the last 10 years, identifies where the winners come from, and determines common business signals that may point to a company's likelihood of joining the ranks of the Inc. 5000.

What are the most popular sectors?

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

Industry# of Companies
1 IT Services 441
2 Advertising & Marketing 315
3 Business Products & Services 293
4 Health 270
5 Software 212
6 Government Services 183
7 Construction 166
8 Financial Services 166
9 Real Estate 131
10 Human Resources 131

Which cities fielded the most winners?

Though San Francisco and New York dominate the startup chatter, this year's Inc. 5000 winners came from all across the country. Here are the cities that house the most:

City Companies
1 New York 103
2 Atlanta 66
3 Chicago 61
4 Houston 57
5 Austin 55
6 San Diego 42
7 San Francisco 34
8 Dallas 31
9 Portland 30
10 Seattle 30

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

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How do you get on the Inc. 5000?

Companies must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for consideration:

  • Be privately-owned, based in the United States, independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
  • Have started earning revenue by March 31st, 2013
  • Had revenue no less than $100,000 in 2013
  • Had revenue no less than $2,000,000 in 2016
  • Revenue in 2016 exceeds revenue in 2013

Though 2017's list is already in the books, entrepreneurs can make a note to apply for consideration in 2018 once the application is live - this year's deadline was May, 2017.

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