Meet the 12 Chicago tech companies that made the Inc. 500

Written by Andreas Rekdal
Published on Aug. 16, 2017
Meet the 12 Chicago tech companies that made the Inc. 500

Inc. Magazine announced its annual list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies on Wednesday, with a whopping 12 Chicago tech companies making it onto the prestigious Inc. 500. The list ranks companies based on revenue growth over the past three years, which tends to skew rankings toward early-stage companies.

Notably, 11-year-old Chicago healthtech sensation Outcome Health landed just outside that list, with three-year revenue growth of more than 750 percent and 2016 revenues of nearly $130 million. Considering the company’s $500 million Series A, raised at the beginning of this summer, we should expect to see a big year from this newly minted unicorn.

Check out the rest of the list below.


Rank: 17

Strike Social uses artificial intelligence to help brands and marketers optimize their YouTube and paid social advertising campaigns. The startup moved to Chicago from Los Angeles in 2015, and has since grown to 120 employees.




Rank: 18 is an online marketplace for new and vintage music equipment. Making the Inc. 500 is Reverb’s third major announcement in less than five days: the startup raised $15 million on Tuesday and announced plans to enter the LP collectables market last Friday.




Rank: 39

DealerInspire builds websites and other technology solutions for automotive dealers. Its suite of sales enablement tools includes a dynamic ad program, a website platform that personalizes the experience for individual shoppers, a chat tool that makes it easier to communicate with customers and an e-commerce product that brings the entire experience of buying a car online.




Rank: 47

Avant is an online lender that uses artificial intelligence to assess the creditworthiness of potential borrowers whose FICO scores bar them from receiving traditional loans. The startup also uses machine learning for fraud detection and for tweaking its customer experience and boosting revenues.




Rank: 133

Factor 75 is an organic meal delivery service that specializes in keto, paleo and dairy-free meals. The startup makes weekly deliveries of gluten- and soy-free meals that can be heated in two minutes or less.




Rank: 151

Talent Rover is a mobile staffing and recruitment platform that puts client relationship management, applicant tracking, human resource information and billing in one place. By bringing an agency’s entire data flow under one roof, the startup can also provide analytics and forecasting capabilities.




Rank: 219

OppLoans is an online lender that specializes in fast approvals and good customer service. The lender cites low interest rates and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating as its key differentiator.




Rank: 238

Mabbly is a Chicago-based digital marketing agency. In addition to traditional digital design and marketing services, the agency uses data science to analyze a brand’s competitive landscape.




Rank: 332

Hireology’s all-in-one talent management platform helps companies with everything from sourcing candidates to onboarding, time tracking, and payroll and benefits management. Founded in 2010, the company serves more than 3,700 customers.




Rank: 363

Payline Data is a Chicago-based payment solutions provider. Founded in 2009, the company recently breached the milestone of $2 billion in payments processed. Notably, Payline is also known for donating part of its proceeds to charitable causes.




Rank: 411

One Stop Equine Shop is an e-commerce company that specializes in gear for equestrians (people who ride horses). Founded in 2007, the company is on the Inc. 500 for the third year running.




Rank: 435

The Catch Co. is an online retailer that specializes in angling equipment. The startup made its mark with its subscription box service, Mystery Tackle Box, but it is currently in the process of expanding its brand lineup.



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