Monday, June 13, 2016 – Newport Beach, CA — Red Herring today announced its Top 100 North America award winners in recognition of the leading private companies from the region, including Vennli, the choice visualization and analytics platform based in South Bend, IN. This award celebrates these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.
Red Herring Top 100 America recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects the award winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks and eBay would change the way we live and work.
“In 2016, selecting the top achievers was extremely difficult,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “The variety, depth, disruption, and traction we saw from the early stage companies to those with significant scale made it one of the toughest vintages to judge. The North America winners are representative of the amazing ecosystem that never ceases to astound, with new and experienced entrepreneurs continuing to push the barriers of innovation. As one of the winners, Vennli should be proud of its accomplishment under such strong competition.”
“We are very pleased to be included on this list of high growth, high potential companies. Every day, our platform helps organizations grow by being different from competitors in ways that matter to customers, and we practice what we preach as evidenced by our own growth,” says Gary Gigot, Co-Founder and CEO of Vennli. “Congrats to all of the winners that represent our country’s entrepreneurial spirit so well!”
Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation and intellectual property, DNA of the founders, business model, customer footprint, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their sector peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in North America.