Application Guide

Early-Rate Deadline: April 3 (fee: $195)

Eligibility

The Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America honors all sizes of success. If your private company has grown in the past few years, take advantage of this opportunity to receive global and national recognition for your achievements. You owe it to yourself (and to your employees) to apply for the most prestigious award in business.

To qualify for the 2020 Inc. 5000, your company must meet each of the following qualifications:

  • Be privately-owned, based in the United States, independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
  • Have started earning revenue by March 31st, 2016
  • Had revenue no less than $100,000 in 2016
  • Had revenue no less than $2,000,000 in 2019
  • Revenue in 2019 exceeds revenue in 2016

There are a few limited exceptions to the requirements. Please email our team with any questions about eligibility at inc5000@inc.com.

Why Apply?

Applying is easy, and the benefits are many:

  • National and Global Recognition: Exposure in national, local and industry media. All honorees receive a dedicated company profile on Inc.com.
  • Greater Productivity: Boost employee morale. Improve recruiting opportunities. Tout your achievements.
  • Sales Advantages: Stronger sales momentum. Credibility with prospects and investors you can't buy at any price.
  • Invaluable Networking Opportunities: Share ideas with exclusive community of Inc. 5000 business leaders. New sales and partnership opportunities through high-quality networking.

Important Dates

April 3, 2020

EARLY-RATE DEADLINE

Apply before April 3 to save on your application fee
May 8, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Final day to apply for the 2020 Inc. 5000
Mid-July

NOTIFICATIONS GO OUT

All applicants will be notified via email in mid-July if they have made the list or not.
Late August

THE LIST GOES LIVE

Honorees will receive an honoree packet in the mail shortly before the list goes live on Inc.com and in the September issue, containing the company’s official rank and promotional material.
October 21 - 23, 2020

INC. 5000 CONFERENCE & GALA

Celebrate your growing success at the Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala in San Antonio, Texas. You’ll join other entrepreneurs from America’s fastest-growing companies, hear inspirational speakers who have achieved superstar status, and enjoy lively networking events.

Partners

Inc. would like to thank the following associations and organizations for their support of the 2020 Inc. 5000. The success of The List is due in part to their efforts toward helping us to identify, recognize and celebrate America's private companies.

Premier Partners