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100 Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

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The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter in 1994, defines inner cities as core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas. Every year, ICIC identifies, ranks, and spotlights the 100 fastest-growing businesses located in America’s inner cities. In 2017, companies were ranked by revenue growth over the five-year period between 2013 and 2017. ICIC relies on a national network of nominating partners, including city offices, economic development organizations, and small business development corporations, to find many of the businesses that appear on this list. Key partners this year were Staples, Chevron, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, City of Oakland, Baltimore Development Corporation, Blackstone Entrepreneur’s Network, and Urban League of Louisiana. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm AAFCPAs.

This year's 100 fastest-growing inner city companies, as ranked by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

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Choozle

Choozle provides digital advertising software that leverages detailed consumer data to power programmatic advertising campaigns across display, video, mobile and other mediums. In 2012, CEO Andrew Fischer and the team surveyed the market and found that because of the complexity and cost of this type of advertising, most marketers outsourced their programmatic advertising efforts. Thus, […]
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Choozle provides digital advertising software that leverages detailed consumer data to power programmatic advertising campaigns across display, video, mobile and other mediums. In 2012, CEO Andrew Fischer and the team surveyed the market and found that because of the complexity and cost of this type of advertising, most marketers outsourced their programmatic advertising efforts. Thus, Choozle was an early leader in “democratizing the medium” and through its self-service product, eliminating managed services in the process. Today Choozle has 400 global clients, 380 of which are fully self-service. Choozle is deeply embedded in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Denver and has benefited from the symbiotic relationship since its inception. Choozle hires students out of many local schools including Galvanize, the co-working space and coding school that they were born out of. “We’re proud to be part of Denver’s startup heritage,” says Andrew.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 5357.2%
2017 Revenues ($M) $13609823.00
HQ Location Denver, Colorado
Business Leader(s) Andrew Fischer
Title CEO and Co-Founder

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