In 1982, Inc. Magazine, the leading magazine for entrepreneurs and leaders of private companies, introduced the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States. Since then, this prestigious list of America’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark. Pandora, 7 Eleven, Toys 'R' Us, Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza and numerous other well-known brands have been honoured by the Inc. 5000.
Today, the list is a distinguished editorial award, a celebration of innovation, a network of entrepreneurial leaders, and an effective public relations showcase. Both in the U.S. and in Europe, the Inc. 5000 ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. All honouree companies are individually profiled on Inc.com. The list and its honourees are frequently and prominently featured in the print issues of Inc. magazine and at inc.com.
Inc. also ranks the fastest-growing companies by industry, country, revenue, and number of employees, and business type.