Application Guide

Extended Deadline: May 29 ($245)


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

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
  • 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 17, 2020


Apply before April 17 to save on your application fee
May 29, 2020


Final day to apply for the 2020 Inc. 5000


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


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


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.


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.

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