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.
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