Update: Slack may be Inc. magazine's Company of the Year, but the best 2015 business in your eyes is Vice. The new media darling launched to the top of this year's readers' choice poll with a total of nearly 750 votes, far outpacing Etsy, its closest rival, with more than 330 votes. Check out the full story behind the $4 billion media powerhouse.

2015 may well go down in the record books as one of the best years in history for entrepreneurs and startups in general. There have surely been some bumps along the way for even the most impressive startups. Yet that didn't make the job of picking the 2015 Company of the Year any easier for Inc. editors.

To get a feel for just how tough it was, take a look at the 12 companies and one entrepreneur below. And while Inc. eventually settled on the business software darling Slack to wear its 2015 crown, you may have different ideas. 

Now's your chance to voice your opinion. Below is a list of the top contenders vying for this year's top honor. Vote for the company you think deserves to win, as Inc.'s Readers' Choice:

Published on: Nov 23, 2015