Inc. recently released its 2021 list identifying the 5000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Washington, D.C. businesses certainly had space to shine with over 350 companies based in the metro area making the cut.
The list ranks businesses based on their percentage revenue growth between 2017 and 2020. In total, businesses in the Washington D.C. metro (including D.C., Arlington, Rockville, among other cities) experienced a median growth of 161 percent with a total of $18.5 million in revenue. These companies also added 64,619 jobs during this time.
Across all industries, 225 Washington D.C. metro businesses on the list were repeat honorees and 29 were newly founded.
Read more below to find out about the top 10 tech companies in the D.C. metro area that made the 2021 Inc. 5000.
In its first two years of operation, Olympic Media has already grown its revenue a whopping 20,330 percent. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Olympic Media specializes in digital copywriting, advertising and marketing automation. The company works in multiple verticals including politics and advocacy, intelligence and defense, media and consumer brands, and sports media. Not did Olympic Media make the top 15 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., it also ranked #1 in the advertising and marketing industry, according to Inc.
A CVE certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), PingWind is a government services company based in Annandale, Virginia, that offers a robust list of IT solutions including cybersecurity, program management, infrastructure and consulting. In the past three years, the company has had an impressive 5,118 percent revenue growth, putting it on the Inc. 5000 list for the first time.
Making the top 100 with three-year revenue growth of 3,910 percent, Informed XP is a small, women-owned and minority-owned business (SWaM) based in Chantilly, Virginia. Informed XP offers a human-centered approach to design in public and private sectors with services like UX design, information architecture, IoT consulting, real-time data synthesis and more.
Arlo Solutions experienced 2,758 percent revenue growth between 2020 and 2017, according to Inc. The D.C. company seeks to modernize the government agency user experience through emerging technologies in cybersecurity, intelligence and program management. Clients of Arlo Solutions include the U.S. Department of Defence, intelligence communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Blue Rose Consulting Group’s revenue grew by 2,630 percent in its first three years of operation. Some of the company’s biggest IT and human capital services projects include improving student financial aid systems within the U.S. Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), supporting the U.S. Army and the Army Analytics Group with high-end cloud architecture and engineering services, and improving policies and strategy for Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP).
Providing innovative cybersecurity solutions and comprehensive reporting tools, Adlumin had a 2,448 percent growth in revenue between 2017 and 2020, according to Inc. This D.C. company works in both the private and public sector with technology partners like Ankura, Carahsoft Technology Corp., Dupaco Community Credit Union, ITPG Secure Compliance and Virginia Commonwealth Bank.
Based in Rockville, Maryland, Audley Consulting Group provides leadership and innovative solutions in the IT consulting industry. In the company’s first three years of operation, its revenue grew 2,263 percent, earning them a top 200 spot on Inc’s list. Audley’s goal is to enable governments to provide better digital services to taxpayers by building trusted partnerships and applying agile design.
A woman-owned small business located in Herndon, Virginia, Centurion Consulting Group is a national company that provides technology solutions to the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The company’s main services include agile solutions, data solutions, infrastructure and security support, software development and engineering, in addition to HR and talent acquisition. Centurion has over three decades of industry experience and grew its revenue by 1,769 percent between 2017 and 2020, according to Inc.
Gravy Analytics is one of the biggest data companies redefining the marketing industry. The company uses location intelligence to optimize marketing campaigns so brands can target customers based on where they go and what they’re interested in. This is the Dulles, Virginia-based company’s second time on the Inc. 5000 list, ranking #93 last year.
This small yet mighty biometric security company based in Arlington, Virginia, grew its revenue by 1,497 percent between 2017 and 2020, according to Inc. Secure Planet uses facial recognition and data matching for monitoring, tracking and cybersecurity solutions. This is the company’s second year in a row on the Inc. 5000 list, rising from #318 last year.