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2023 Inner City 100 Nomination Form


This form is for those interested in nominating businesses for ICIC’s 2023 Inner City 100 Awards. Business owners interested in applying, please email us directly at for the Application form.

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 are published annually and will be unveiled at ICIC’s Annual Conference in December 2023.

Winning companies rankings will be based on revenue growth over a four-year period (2018-2022).

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
  • Complimentary access to the ICIC Annual Conference and recognition at the culminating IC100 Award ceremony

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 2018 and have a full-year of revenue in 2018
  • 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 2018 and have grown to at least $500,000 in 2022 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.