Hotter Than Hot

Making the Cut
This is how it all begins: Drawing on multiple sources, including the proprietary "MoneyTree Report" of VC investing by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association with data from Thomson Financial, PricewaterhouseCoopers provides Entrepreneur with an initial list of fast-growing companies. Entrepreneur mails each company a questionnaire, which the entrepreneurs must complete and submit along with their current financial statements. We then measure each company's sales growth from the date of inception, listing the businesses in growth order.

To be considered for the list, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have been founded no earlier than 2001
  • Founder must be actively involved in daily operations and have a controlling interest in the business
  • 2005 sales must be at least $1 million
  • Must have fewer than 1,000 employees

Entrepreneur research conducted by Tracy Stapp with assistance from Alysia Kim.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 130,000 people in 148 companies work collaboratively using connected thinking to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

The Technology, InfoComm, and Entertainment & Media practices serve the specialized needs of more than 1,200 VC-backed private companies with extraordinary growth potential in the computing, networking, software, semiconductor, life sciences, internet, telecommunications, entertainment and media industries. The Private Equity practice works with more than half of the 100 most active VC firms in the U.S. For more information, visit www.pwc.com/tice , www.pwcv2r.com and www.pwc.com/privateequity .

The Private Company Services practice focuses on the manufacturing, retailing, wholesale and distribution, restaurant, construction and services industries to help companies make strategic decisions throughout the business life cycle that improve cash flow and increase business owners' wealth accumulation. For more information, visit www.pwc.com/pcs .

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This article was originally published in the June 2006 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Hotter Than Hot.

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