In a year that challenged local entrepreneurs like no other in recent memory, Ottawa’s business community showed what it’s truly made of in 2020.
While the pandemic ravaged many sectors of the economy, resiliency proved to be just as much a byword of the past 12 months as masking and physical distancing. Businesses of all stripes across the National Capital Region showed their ability to adapt under incredible circumstances as they navigated through a storm no one could have foreseen.
That get-it-done attitude is clearly reflected in the 2021 list of OBJ’s fastest-growing companies based on revenue growth over the past three years.
A record number of applicants produced an outstanding group of companies that included three firms with three-year growth of more than 1,000 per cent. Equally impressive, this isn’t just a laundry list of tech startups.
2021 Fastest Growing Companies
(three-year revenue growth in parenthesis)
This year’s recipients run the gamut, from a last-mile delivery service that grabbed two multimillion-dollar financing rounds in 2020 to an upstart distillery that found a way to turn a milk byproduct into a vodka that’s flying off the shelves.
Perhaps the most telling statistic that demonstrates the depth and breadth of the capital region’s entrepreneurial spirit is this: just one of this year’s growth leaders has previously appeared on OBJ’s list.
Clearly, a new crop of enterprising entrepreneurs is making its mark on Ottawa’s economy. We are proud to celebrate this impressive group’s accomplishments.
Read the stories behind each of this year’s recipients in the spring edition of the OBJ newsmagazine (embedded below), starting on page 45.
To give each recipient the time in the spotlight that they deserve, the profiles will also be individually published on OBJ.ca over the coming weeks.