Request nominations for CNBC’s 2021 Disruptor 50 checklist

CNBC is now accepting nominations for the 2021 CNBC Disruptor 50, our ninth annual list of startups and private companies using breakthrough technologies to transform industries and build the next generation of great public companies.

The closing date for entries is Friday, February 12th at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Any privately owned independent company incorporated after January 1, 2006 is eligible, and any company founder or director, investor in the company or any of their communications agents may submit the nomination form.

In 2020, more than 1,350 companies from around the world and from all sectors of the economy – from agriculture to healthcare to transportation – submitted applications. The 50 companies that made the final cut were at the center of trends accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, including cybersecurity, telemedicine and grocery delivery. Disruptors are at the forefront of transforming industries that have had no choice but to transform in the face of the pandemic and its aftermath and, as a result, have attracted record levels of investor interest.

Last year’s list has already completed the Disruptor 50 mission to identify the next generation of public companies. Since the 2020 list was published last June, eight of the companies on the list have gone public, including new household names like Airbnb and DoorDash, two insurance technology disruptors (Lemonade and Root), and business software providers like C3.ai and Snowflake who raised more cash on their debut than any other software company ever. Two other companies – SoFi and Butterfly Network – have announced plans to go public through mergers with SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies), part of a booming new trend.

The wave of IPOs means competition for the 2021 list is wide open, with only 36 of the 50 eligible to rerun last year.

As always, the nominees for the Disruptor 50 2021 are subjected to a comprehensive and rigorous process of research and evaluation based on a variety of quantitative and qualitative criteria, including scalability, sales and user growth, and workforce diversity. An advisory board made up of leading thinkers in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship will weight the quantitative criteria, while a team of CNBC editors will read the contributions and give qualitative ratings to each nominee.

The winners will be notified in April and the list will be published on CNBC’s TV and digital platforms in May. Again, eligible companies can submit their nominations for the CNBC Disruptor 50 2021 by clicking here.

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