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All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.

Company of the Year

Puritan Medical Products

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Designs and manufactures medical products, including the nasopharyngeal swabs used in most Covid-19 tests.

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  • HeadquartersGuilford, Maine

Industry Winners

Company
Industry / Category
State
City
Omaze
Media
CA
los angeles

Online fundraising platform offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support nonprofits around the world.

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ASTOUND Group
Advertising & Marketing
NV
Las Vegas

Designs and executes brand strategy and development, retail design, digital engagements, store rollouts, and events for businesses.

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TripleLift
Advertising & Marketing
NY
New York

An ad tech company providing direct inventory sources, diverse product lines and creative designed for scale.

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Bednark
Business Products
NY
New York

Provides full-service custom fabrication services, partnering with designers, architects, agencies, and brands to create retail displays and events.

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Triax Technologies
Software
CT
Norwalk

Provides IoT and wearable technologies to help industrial worksites run safer, faster and smarter.

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B-Unlimited
Business Products
AR
Fayetteville

Offers custom collegiate apparel and promotional products using environmentally friendly, water-based screen printing.

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OneCause
Software
IN
Indianapolis

A software solutions company that helps nonprofits connect with donors, improve the giving experience, and raise more money.

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Mursion
Education
CA
San Francisco

Provides simulation training for essential workplace skills through immersive virtual reality applications.

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Quality Works Consulting Group
Business Services
CA
Los Angeles

Advises clients on software design and strategic team building.

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McKissack and McKissack
Construction
DC
Washington

Provides professional design and construction services.

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Icon
Construction
TX
Austin

Builds 3-D-printed homes using a proprietary concrete.

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Double O
Construction
MI
Byron Center

Distributor and installer of commercial glazing, windows, and doors.

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Bombas
Retail
NY
New York

Comfort-focused, digitally native maker of socks and other apparel that donates an item to people in need for every item purchased.

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Allbirds
Consumer Products
CA
San Francisco

Makes carbon-neutral footwear.

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Caraway
Consumer Products
NY
New York

A direct-to-consumer home goods brand.

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Instacart
Consumer Services
CA
San Francisco

Provides same-day grocery delivery across North America.

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Feather Home
Consumer Products & Services
NY
New York

Furniture rental company featuring a circular model that allows people to own environmentally responsible furniture for longer.

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Cameo
Consumer Services
IL
Chicago

Enables consumers to book personalized video messages, live video calls, and direct messages from athletes, entertainers, influencers, and other celebrities.

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Seesaw
Education
CA
San Francisco

Makes an education app used for teaching students in class and in remote learning settings.

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Codecademy
Education
NY
New York

Uses an online platform to teach coding skills to improve users' job prospects and provide training opportunities for enterprise clients' employees.

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InStride
Education
CA
Los Angeles

Delivers enterprise education programs to help clients' employees develop new skills and earn degrees that can advance their careers.

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Pine Gate Renewables
Energy
NC
Asheville

Provides project development and strategic financing of utility-scale solar and storage sites.

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EV Connect
Energy
CA
El Segundo

Provides hardware diagnostics, grid management and driver support to electric vehicle charging hosts, network operators and fleet managers.

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Bright Power
Energy
NY
New York

Provides energy and water management services for real estate owners, investors, and operators, including turnkey installation, energy audits, solar energy and more.

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Cascade Engineering
Engineering
MI
Grand Rapids

Specializes in large-part plastic injection molding for a variety of industries.

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Opentrons
Engineering
NY
Brooklyn

Creates robots to automate experiments, improving collaboration between scientists and allowing them more time to pursue important research questions.

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Velentium
Health
TX
Katy

Specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of intelligent products and automated test systems, with a focus on medical devices.

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Aclima
Environmental Services
CA
San Francisco

Measures and analyzes air pollution and greenhouse gases worldwide with its sensor network and cloud-based software, enabling reductions in emissions and promoting public health.

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TerraCycle
Environmental Services
NJ
Trenton

A waste management company partnering with consumer product companies, retailers, and municipalities to recycle often hard-to-recycle products and packages.

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DroneSeed
Environmental Services
WA
Seattle

Uses FAA heavy-lift certified drone swarms to reforest land devastated by wildfires.

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Robinhood
Financial Services
CA
Menlo Park

Robinhood is a financial services company and mobile app that offers commission-free investing and trading.

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Remitly
Financial Services
WA
Seattle

An independent provider of remittance and transformative financial service products for immigrants.

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Dave
Financial Services
CA
Los Angeles

Helps more than 8 million customers bank, budget, avoid overdraft fees, find work and build credit.

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Vital Farms
Food & Beverage
TX
Austin

Produces pasture-raised eggs and butter sold at Target and Whole Foods Market.

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sweetgreen
Food & Beverage
CA
Los Angeles

Makes it easier for people to eat healthy nutritious meals from seasonal produce, and makes sure its employees don't have to choose between a paycheck and their health--or their right to vote.

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Beyond Good
Food & Beverage
NY
New York

Produces chocolate in Africa, which removes supply-chain intermediaries, saves on operating costs, and increases farmers' wages.

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Esri
Government Services
CA
Redlands

Creates geographical visualizations with data sets from organizations like the U.S. Census, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Esri's ArcGIS sotware was used to enhance Johns Hopkins University's Covid-19 tracker.

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Proscia
Government Services
PA
Philadelphia

Offers a digital pathology platform that helps laboratories make more accurate diagnoses and accelerate discovery in image-based research.

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Accela
Government Services
CA
San Ramon

Helps state and local governments provide virtual public services--and when the pandemic hit, it built a suite of solutions to help those governments work and offer most services remotely.

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Everlywell
Health
TX
Austin

Connects individuals to certified labs offering a range of medical tests.

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Mammoth Biosciences
Health Products
CA
San Francisco

Uses its own DETECTR system to detect genes associated with disease. It joins a family of CRISPR systems developed by Mammoth to provide enhanced genome editing for industries like health care, research, agriculture, and even biodefense.

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Nonin Medical
Health Products
MN
Plymouth

Invented fingertip pulse oximeters and makes other medical devices, including the first handheld wireless device capable of reading multiple vital signs.

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Carbon Health
Health
CA
San Francisco

Brings omnichannel health care to all its patients without charging costly membership fees.

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Capsule
Health Services
NY
New York

Operates a full-service, mobile-first pharmacy.

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98point6
Health
WA
Seattle

A developer of a text-based health care platform for customers seeking convenient, affordable, high-quality primary care.

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Homebase
Human Resources
CA
San Francisco

Helps more than 100,000 small businesses with tools for scheduling, hiring, onboarding, compliance, and communications.

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Catalyte
Human Resources
MD
Baltimore

Uses predictive analytics to remove unconscious bias from the hiring process.

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Jackson Healthcare
Human Resources
GA
Alpharetta

Connects health care professionals to employment opportunities.

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Cloudticity
IT Management
WA
Seattle

A digital enablement partner for health care, generating measurable business and clinical outcomes through advanced automation and deep cloud expertise.

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Kaizen Technology Partners
IT Management
CA
San Francisco

Provides end-to-end cloud strategy consultancy, technology and infrastructure evaluation, solution selection and implementation across cloud services and vendors.

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Responsive Technology Partners
IT Management
GA
Metter

Provides technology and security services, infrastructure cabling, telephony, video surveillance and building access control systems to businesses across the Southeast.

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PamTen
IT Systems Development
NJ
Princeton

Major corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits around the world rely on PamTen, Inc. for innovative technology and staffing solutions. We become not just a technology resource, but a trusted business partner who can help overcome challenges, take advantage of transformational solutions, and position an organization for long-term success. From strategic planning, to solution design and implementation, to ongoing management and maintenance, we align technology with business goals and process to maximize performance and efficiency. Our strengths are based on our extensive expertise in IT Strategy, Enterprise Solutions, Cybersecurity Solutions, Digital Marketing, Talent Pipeline, and Social Impact Solutions. As a woman-owned minority enterprise, PamTen is also committed to transforming the face of technology through our SheTek initiative. SheTek’s mission is to develop a pipeline of qualified women to fill critical IT roles. SheTek introduces technology to girls at a young age, mentors women through college, and matches them with organizations that need their IT expertise. While our business expertise is in technology and staffing, our core purpose goes much deeper. PamTen has always been on the front lines of social change, driven by passion to transform the lives of underprivileged children through our sister organization, SOFKIN (Support Organization For Kids In Need). SOFKIN provides children in need with homes, food, clothing, education, healthcare, and the love and care every child deserves. We are technology for social good, driven by our passion to transform.

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10Pearls
IT Systems Development
VA
Vienna

Global digital technology services partner helping businesses digitize their existing business, build new products and augment existing teams with high-performance team members.

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Keyot
IT Systems Development
MN
St. Paul

A consulting company specializing in project delivery, workforce transformation, and management consulting.

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Lemonade
Insurance
NY
New York

An artificial intelligence-powered insurance company offering a variety of types of insurance in the U.S. and abroad.

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Ethos
Insurance
CA
San Francisco

Aims to make life insurance affordable and more accessible by allowing people to purchase its products online.

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The Zebra
Insurance
TX
Austin

Independent home and auto insurance comparison website providing agent support and educational resources to help consumers make informed decisions.

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Total Quality Logistics
Logistics & Transportation
OH
Cincinnati

Freight brokerage firm providing transportation solutions and greater supply chain efficiencies by combining industry-leading technology and customer service.

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Onfleet
Logistics & Transportation
CA
San Francisco

Powers a last-mile platform that aims to cut costs, expedite deliveries, and boost parcel volume.

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Volansi
Logistics & Transportation
CA
Concord

Builds aerial delivery drones.

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Formlabs
Manufacturing
MA
Somerville

Manufactures and develops 3-D-printing technology.

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MORGAN Li
Manufacturing
IL
Chicago Heights

Provides custom fixtures, case goods and other furniture, and large-format printing solutions for the retail and hospitality industries.

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Unlimited Tomorrow
Manufacturing
NY
Rhinebeck

Makes personalized prosthetic arms for individuals with a limb difference.

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Monkeypaw Productions
Media
CA
Los Angeles

Produces thought-provoking projects across film, television, and digital platforms. Founded by director and producer Jordan Peele.

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Participant
Media
CA
Beverly Hills

Produces feature films, documentary films, episodic television series, and digital short-form programming that inspires social awareness and positive change.

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Jam City
Media
CA
Culver City

Blends technological innovation and storytelling to make mobile games that are played globally by millions of people.

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OJO Labs
Real Estate
TX
Austin

Helps homebuyers, sellers and owners navigate the complex real estate landscape.

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The Garrett Companies
Real Estate
IN
Greenwood

A full-service development, construction and management team that develops, builds and operates multifamily apartment projects and restaurants across the country.

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Divvy Homes
Real Estate
CA
San Francisco

Brings a rent-to-own model to homeownership.

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Grove Collaborative
Retail
CA
San Francisco

Retails natural products, including household cleaning, personal care, baby, kid, and pet products.

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Cuyana
Retail
NY
New York

Creates simple, carefully designed clothing and accessories using sustainable materials and production processes.

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Kendra Scott
Retail
TX
Austin

Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott. With over 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott has over 100 standalone stores across the US and is sold in premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and 600 specialty boutiques worldwide and boasts a thriving web business. Kendra Scott is best known for its kaleidoscope of fashion jewelry accessories as well as the customizable Color Bar™ experience, and in recent years has expanded into the categories of fine jewelry, sterling silver, home décor, and beauty. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of "Family, Fashion, Philanthropy" and since 2010, the company has given back over $30 million to local, national, and international causes.

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KnowBe4
Software
FL
Clearwater

Provides security awareness training for companies.

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Medigate
Security
NY
Brooklyn

Provides security for networked, IoT medical devices.

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PassBase
Security
NY
New York

Builds identity-verification tools for companies, boosting conversion rates.

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SAS
Software
NC
Cary

Builds analytics software.

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Binti
Software
CA
Oakland

Offers software to streamline the foster/adoption process, partnering with local governments and private agencies across 22 states.

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SpotOn Transact
Software
CA
San Francisco

Builds software and payment tools for vendors.

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Figgers Communication
Telecom
FL
Fort Lauderdale

Manufactures cellular phones, offers cellular plans, and provides mobile broadband and other telecommunications services.

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Comtec Cloud
Telecommunications
NJ
Vineland

Cloud service provider offering voice services, hosting, and internet connectivity with personalized, end-to-end support from assessment and strategy to deployment and management.

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Broadvoice
Telecom
CA
Northridge

Provides cloud-based phone services.

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Hipcamp
Travel & Hospitality
CA
San Francisco

Connects campers with private camping spots, RVs, cabins, tree houses, and more.

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SmartFlyer
Travel & Hospitality
NY
New York City

Assists clients with luxury travel planning.

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Tasty Catering
Travel & Hospitality
IL
Elk Grove Village

Offers catering services in the greater Chicago area.

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Gaia Herbs
Wellness Products
NC
Brevard

Makes organic health and wellness products.

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HydraFacial
Wellness Products
CA
Long Beach

Specializes in non-laser skincare treatments.

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Sprinly
Food & Beverage
OH
Independence

Online meal delivery company focused on ready-to-eat healthy, organic, plant-based foods.

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Calm
Wellness Services
CA
San Francisco

Makes a meditation app focused on health and wellness.

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Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy
Health
TX
Austin

Treats chronic pain and improves performance and longevity with proactive wellness solutions.

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Sword Health
Wellness Services
NY
New York

Offers affordable physical therapy.

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General Excellence Winners

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Industry / Category
State
City
Bright Machines
Manufacturing
CA
San Francisco

Provides software and robotics focused on automation for the electronics manufacturing industry.

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Heal
Health Services
CA
Los Angeles

Heal brings primary care to people’s homes through technology-empowered primary care framework.

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Samsara
Logistics & Transportation
CA
San Francisco

Makes sensors and software to manage commercial fleets and industrial operations.

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Senior Shopping Service
Health Services
IN
Chesterfield

Delivers clothing, furniture, electronic, health products, and more to residents in nursing homes around the U.S.

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Squarespace
Software
NY
New York City

Provides software as a service for website design, creation, and hosting.

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Uncle Nearest
Food & Beverage
TN
Shelbyville

Distills a premium whiskey brand named after the formerly enslaved Nathaniel "Nearest" Green, who taught Jack Daniel the craft.

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Company Revenue Winners

Company
Industry / Category
State
City
Media Cause
Advertising & Marketing
CA
San Francisco

Mission-driven marketing and creative agency helping nonprofits grow and accelerate their impact through scalable growth strategies and targeted communications.

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Culture Shift Labs
Business Services
NJ
Hamburg

Provides diversity and inclusion training.

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Mentor Spaces
Business Services
CO
Denver

Facilitates virtual mentorships for underrepresented job seekers.

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Instrumental
Manufacturing
CA
Palo Alto

Helps leading global electronics brands bring products to market faster and with better reliability through its end-to-end manufacturing optimization system.

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Kurin
Health Products
CA
San Diego

Builds a device to reduce contaminated blood cultures.

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Very
Software
MT
Bozeman

Internet-of-things engineering firm building systems for smart manufacturing, smart energy and utilities, consumer electronics and connected wellness.

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Quick Holdings
Logistics & Transportation
CO
Denver

Provides e-commerce fulfillment solutions for D2C, subscription box and retail brands in health and wellness, cosmetics, pet care and other packaged goods industries.

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POWERHOME SOLAR
Energy
NC
Mooresville

Energy efficiency company providing American-made solar panels for residential customers in 12 states.

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Globalization Partners
Human Resources
MA
Boston

Becomes the employer of record for businesses with International staff.

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Company Stage Winners

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Industry / Category
State
City
Interplay Learning
Education
TX
Austin

Provides online training for workers in HVAC, plumbing, electrical, solar, and facilities maintenance.

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Spatial
Software
NY
New York

Builds augmented and virtual reality platforms for businesses.

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Zippin
Retail
CA
San Mateo

Builds contactless payment technology.

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Synack
Software
CA
Redwood City

Runs a crowdsourced security-testing platform to train organizations to become more resistant to cyberattacks.

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Bitwise Industries
Software
CA
Fresno

Helping build new tech economies as a way to revitalize cities, while providing tech education, such as coding to underrepresented groups.

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JOY Collective
Advertising & Marketing
DC
Washington

Designs branding, innovative marketing and communications strategies, social action initiatives, and grassroots events for businesses.

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Hollister Staffing
Human Resources
MA
Boston

Provides staffing across multiple industries as well as leadership training for individuals and teams.

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Neighborly
Consumer Products & Services
TX
Waco

A home services franchisor focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and businesses and connecting consumers to local service providers.

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Digi-Key Electronics
Business Services
MN
Thief River Falls

Distributes electronic components primarily to technology, med-tech, and automotive companies around the world.

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