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2021 Inner City 100 Initial Application

2021 Inner City 100 (IC100) Initial Application
About ICIC

Established in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Dr. Michael E. Porter, ICIC is a national nonprofit that drives inclusive economic prosperity in under-resourced communities through innovative research and programs to create jobs, income, and wealth for local residents. 

About the Inner City 100

Every year since 1999, ICIC has identified and celebrated 100 of the fastest-growing businesses in under-resourced communities across the nation. The  Inner City 100 (IC100) awards will be unveiled at ICIC’s National Conference in December 2021.

Because of generous financial contributions of Chevron and FedEx, there are no fees associated with this award program.

Award Benefits:
  • National recognition in media outlets
  • An expansive community of successful entrepreneurs
  • Three days of impactful executive education at the ICIC National Conference and recognition at the IC100 Award ceremony on the last day (December 9th) 
Winning companies will be selected based on revenue growth over a four-year period (2016-2020).

To be eligible for an IC100 award, a business/owner must
  • Be an independently-operated company (not a subsidiary or division of another company) that was incorporated by January 2016 and have recorded a full-year of revenue in 2016
  • Be a privately-owned, for-profit company that is not a bank or holding company
  • Be headquartered in an under-resourced community *
  • Have revenues of at least $50,000 in 2016 and have grown to at least $500,000 in 2020 and be the same legal entity throughout those four years **
* ICIC defines an urban, under-resourced community as an area of concentrated poverty within cities with a population greater than 75,000.
** ICIC has lowered the revenue criteria from $100,000 and $1,000,000 to $50,000 and $500,000, respectively, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s prolonged economic and financial impact on the small business ecosystem.

Additionally, IC100 winners are catalysts of opportunity, optimism, and transformation in under-resourced communities. Thus, businesses or owners that are currently under criminal conviction or  engaged in or supporting any activity that is illegal under federal, state, local law are not eligible. Similarly, businesses engaged in activities that are harmful to the local community (e.g. predatory lending) are not eligible.


This form takes 10 minutes to complete. ICIC will use the information to determine your company’s eligibility. If you meet the initial qualifying criteria, we will request that you submit further materials to verify your previously submitted information and secure your position as a finalist.