Atlanta can go ahead and claim its place as a bona fide startup hotbed. This year's Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America is proof: The Georgia capital's 101 businesses on the list, the fourth-most of any U.S. city, boast an average revenue growth rate of 86 percent. The only city above Atlanta in both metrics is New York City.
From bridge building to custom lunch catering, here are the top 10 Atlanta-based companies from the 2019 Inc. 5000:
10. Tier4 Group
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 245 | Three-year growth 1,729% | 2018 revenue $4.6 million
Tier4 Group provides business customers with recruiting, consulting, and cybersecurity services. Notably, founder Betsy Robinson has spent the past 12 years on the advisory council for Women in Technology, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in Georgia's science, technology, engineering, arts, and math jobs.
9. Bridge Brothers
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 191 | Three-year growth 2,082% | 2018 revenue $4.1 million
Bridge Brothers--and this may shock you--makes and installs custom bridges, from giant skyways to tiny archways for hiking trails. Among the company's clients are government agencies such as the U.S. Department of the Interior, schools like the University of Georgia, and large businesses including Chevron and Shell.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 188 | Three-year growth 2,099% | 2018 revenue $6.9 million
This company caters custom, personalized lunches to your whole office--and then comes back for your leftovers, donating them to local nonprofits. Sifted currently operates in six U.S. cities--Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Nashville, Phoenix, and Seattle--with high-profile clients like Uber, Stitch Fix, Box, and Opendoor.
7. BlueSky Resource Solutions
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 131 | Three-year growth 2,679% | 2018 revenue $6.7 million
For its first five years, BlueSky Resource Solutions was solely a telecommunications staffing firm. Then in February 2018 the company added an IT staffing division, and revenue spiked, enabling founder and president Christian Dominick to land "big players in 5G tech" as clients. Next up: expansion into Colorado, Florida, and Texas.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 121 | Three-year growth 2,861% | 2018 revenue $12.3 million
BAMFi offers alternative lending, payment processing tools, and cash management systems for companies in the transportation, construction, oil and gas, and temporary staffing industries. This year isn't founder and former Navy SEAL Todd Ehrlich's first rodeo when it comes to the Inc. 5000: His sports beverage company Kill Cliff ranked No. 103 in 2015.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 118 | Three-year growth 2,939% | 2018 revenue $3.7 million
Gig economy, meet the dumpster industry. LoadUp is an on-demand junk removal service, with local contractors fulfilling work orders nationwide. The company provides the price for each request up-front, a noteworthy practice in an industry with a reputation for shifty pricing strategies.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 117 | Three-year growth 2,957% | 2018 revenue $3.1 million
This coding bootcamp, which offers classes in Atlanta and Houston, isn't for the faint of heart. Students choose between 16-week intensive programs and a 26-week programs with flexible schedules. Enrolling pays off: In 2018, DigitalCrafts boasted an 85 percent job placement rate.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 108 | Three-year growth 3,136% | 2018 revenue $7.6 million
Cognira's analytics platform--which aims to help retailers with data forecasting, in-store promotions, and customer demographics--is used by well-known names including Walgreens, Burlington, Macy's, Nordstrom, Coach, Lands' End, and Office Depot. Cognira isn't Tunisian founder Hatem Sellami's first Atlanta-based venture; his data analytics startup Predictix was acquired in 2016.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 71 | Three-year growth 4,281% | 2018 revenue $6.2 million
GreenPrint, a B2B environmental consulting company, operates programs ranging from carbon offset purchases to local tree planting in 14 countries. That model, along with the company's impressive revenue growth, helped make founder Pete Davis a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Small Business Person of the Year award in 2017.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank 61 | Three-year growth 4,730% | 2018 revenue $21.5 million