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Best of Bootstrapped: The Best of 2021

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It's been a year like no other. The 'great resignation' has led to the 'great creation' as entrepreneurs have bailed on their jobs and started new companies. The result has been a dramatic uptick in founder-owned businesses out there.

We've scoured the founder-owned business universe for promising young companies that are not likely to be on everyone's radar yet. Starting with nearly a million contenders, our list was built using Sourcescrub's Custom Scoring capability, balancing 12-month growth rate with company size measured by headcount. The result is an eclectic mix of emerging companies across a range of industries, including: gaming, insurance, analytics, logistics, healthcare, telecom, packaged goods and more."