Spend some time looking through this year's Inc. 5000 and you'll notice that women are running fast-growing companies across an extremely wide range of industries. Among others, this year's list includes female-led businesses in traditionally male-dominated fields such as solar energy, construction, and IT.

Here are the 20 top-ranked women-owned companies of 2019, measured by revenue growth rate over the past three years.

20. Kinect Solar

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 162 | Three-year growth 2,358% | 2018 revenue $13.3M

After a stint at Lehman Brothers, and several unsuccessful attempts at starting companies on her own, Lauren Carson moved to Hawaii, where she was introduced to the overstock and liquidation market in solar energy. Carson and her sister Annie started Kinect Solar, which sells and distributes renewable energy equipment, with just $10,000 in inventory. Now based in Austin, the company moves product across the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

19. Tridant Solutions

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 157 | Three-year growth 2,416% | 2018 revenue $3.0M

The Pasadena, California-based business has provided project management, financial management and systems support, facilities operations, and other services to government agencies since 2005. Its list of clients includes the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and National Guard. The company had 42 employees in 2018.

18. Arsenal Strength

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 144 | Three-year growth 2,579% | 2018 revenue $4.7M

Founded in 2014 by Jaime and Andrew Hall, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based company sells strength training equipment and designs facilities for gyms, health clubs, and private studios across the country.

17. Alpha Omega Integration

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 143 | Three-year growth 2,596% | 2018 revenue $25.1M

Vienna, Virginia-based information technology company Alpha Omega Integration helps government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration make sense of the massive amounts of data they accumulate. Led by CEO Sujani Rangareddy, the company, which had just one employee in 2015, had a headcount of 144 in 2018.

16. LoveBug Probiotics

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 140 | Three-year growth 2,621% | 2018 revenue $3.1M

After becoming ill due to a severe microbiome imbalance, Ashley Harris became passionate about helping people improve their gut health and well-being. Her solution was to start the New York City-based LoveBug Probiotics, a line of supplements, in 2015. 

15. Solvix Solutions

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 139 | Three-year growth 2,624% | 2018 revenue $20.4M

Stacey Rock founded Solvix Solutions in 2013 after spending 10 years providing administrative support to high-level executives at Fortune 500 companies. The company provides hardware and other technology services for government and commercial clients. This is the Marlton, New Jersey-based business's second straight year on the Inc. 5000.

14. Sweet Loren's

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 114 | Three-year growth 3,026% | 2018 revenue $6.4M

After beating cancer at a young age, Loren Brill made it her mission to eliminate processed foods from her diet. When she couldn't find great tasting cookies made from her preferred ingredients, she set out to make her own. Brill founded the New York City-based company in 2010, and today, its gluten-free, vegan, nut free, whole grain, non-GMO and kosher cookie dough can be found in 10,000 grocery stores across the country.

13. Inspiranza Designs

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 110 | Three-year growth 3,099% | 2018 revenue $4.7M

In 2005 best friends Diane Lawrence and Dawn Pochek launched their sterling silver and gemstone jewelry business with only $500 of their own money and no outside investments. The Columbia, Illinois-based online retailer had 10 employees at the end of 2018. This is its second consecutive year on the Inc. 5000.

12. Carolin Soldo Coaching & Events

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 107 | Three-year growth 3,179% | 2018 revenue $3.9M

Business coach Carolin Soldo founded her eponymous Hamburg, New York-based company in 2016 to help others start their own ventures. Her flagship program "Brand Your Passions" offers clients marketing tips through video content and guidance from other coaches.

11. BuzzyBooth

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 106 | Three-year growth 3,201% | 2018 revenue $3.5M

In 2015, after the restaurant she started failed, Jolina Li started BuzzyBooth, funding the business with her credit cards. The company rents photobooths to businesses like bars, hotels, and retail stores, which get a marketing boost when their customers share their selfies and videos on social media. Today, the company has booths in hundreds of locations around the country, including national chains such as Renaissance Hotels and Marriott.

10. WT Stevens Construction

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 79 | Three-year growth 4,090% | 2018 revenue $7.2M

The Flint, Michigan-based construction company provides general contracting services for both commercial and government customers. Helmed by Rhonda Stevens Grayer, WT Stevens was founded in 2002 and had 40 employees at the end of 2018.

9. Core Software Technologies

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 74 | Three-year growth 4,247% | 2018 revenue $4.6M

Founded in 2011 by chief executive Nagajyothi Pothukanuri, Core Software Technologies helps other businesses manage cloud computing, internet of things applications, and Amazon Web Services. This year marks the company's third consecutive appearance on the Inc. 5000.

8. 4th & Heart

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 70 | Three-year growth 4,283% | 2018 revenue $14.3M

Founded by Raquel Tavares in 2015, Venice, California's 4th & Heart makes a variety of grass-fed ghee products such as butters, oils, and spreads. The products are sold in more than 10,000 stores nationwide, including chains like Fairway and Stop & Shop.

7. TrueChoicePack

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 57 | Three-year growth 4,908% | 2018 revenue $7.8M

TrueChoicePack makes customized disposable products such as tableware, cutlery, and trash can liners for private-label brands. The Mason, Ohio company, co-founded in 2008 by Heena and Rakesh Rathore, also has developed an eco-friendly product line called BioGreenChoice.

6. TalEx

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 50 | Three-year growth 5,484% | 2018 revenue $48.5M

Former co-workers Julie Dacar and Amrita Grewal paired up to build their own staffing firm, TalEx, in 2013. Since then the Washington, D.C.-based company has experienced rapid growth: It had 500 employees in 2018, up from 70 in 2015, and it is now a three-time Inc. 5000 honoree.

5. Skinny Dipped

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 32 | Three-year growth 6,642% | 2018 revenue $10.2M

CEO Breezy Griffith founded her Seattle-based company Skinny Dipped, which makes bags of chocolate-dipped almonds, with her mother Val in 2013. The duo, who started making their snacks in an apartment kitchen and selling at local farmers' markets, has grown the company into an operation that touted 21 employees at the end of 2018. Its product are sold online and in chain stores including Target, Sprouts, and Kroger.

4. SD3IT

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 22 | Three-year growth 8,283% | 2018 revenue $11.9M

The Villages, Florida-based cybersecurity consulting firm was founded in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Sara and David Dimlich. It works for both commercial and government clients, developing custom solutions using equipment from HP, Mitel, and other vendors. While the company is growing fast, Dimlich is most proud of the efforts the company made in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, donating generators and other supplies to those with medical need.

3. Kindred Bravely

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 20 | Three-year growth 8,544% | 2018 revenue $9.6M

After the birth of one of her children, Deeanne Akerson, a teacher, discovered that she was struggling to find clothes that were functional, comfortable, and stylish. So she began designing her own line of bras, tanks, and pajamas for mothers, and launched Kindred Bravely in 2015. The Oceanside, California company had 35 employees in 2018.

2. nutpods

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 13 | Three-year growth 11,623% | 2018 revenue $19.1M

In 2013 founder Madeline Haydon raised $32,000 on Kickstarter for her dairy-free creamers made from a blend of almonds and coconuts. Two years later she launched the products on Amazon and got placement in a few Seattle-area retailers. Since that time nutpods says it has become the No. 1 plant-based creamer on Amazon, and now sells in chains including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger, and Publix.

1. Not Ordinary Media (NOM)

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 10 | Three-year growth 11,996% | 2018 revenue $21.4M

NOM is an advertising tech firm co-founded by Loren Rochelle and Brent Neill. The former co-workers started their own agency in 2014 to focus exclusively on optimizing clients' video distribution through channels like YouTube. As more brands discovered their ads on social media could wind up next to irrelevant--or inappropriate--content, Rochelle and Brent saw an opportunity to develop campaign-tracking software to lessen the risk. It has performance data on more than 300 million video placements around the web, enabling customers to microtarget their campaigns. The company, which sold to advertising and marketing firm MTM in 2017, still operates independently.

Published on: Sep 19, 2019