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2022 Inner City 100 Initial Application

2022 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 Annual Conference in December 2022.

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

Award Benefits:
  • Recognition in local and national media outlets as well as a robust toolkit to help further strategically promote and market your accolade to customers and target audiences
  • Access to an expansive community of successful entrepreneurs
  • The chance to have a feature story written highlighting your company’s story, successes and community impact that will be distributed across ICIC’s platforms and networks and can be used to in your company’s marketing collateral
  • Access to an exclusive strategy seminar taught by Harvard Business School Professor Lynda Applegate
  • The opportunity to be matched with an expert, long-term business mentor
  • Three days of impactful executive education at the ICIC Annual Conference and special recognition at the culminating IC100 Award Ceremony
Winning companies will be selected based on revenue growth over a four-year period (2017-2021).

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 2017 and have recorded a full-year of revenue in 2017
  • 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 2017 and have grown to at least $500,000 in 2021 and be the same legal entity throughout those four years 
* ICIC defines an under-resourced community as an area of concentrated poverty within urban and suburban communities

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.