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RealLIST Startups: Check out the top 20 DC companies to keep your eye on in 2023

In our seventh annual list, we recognize innovative companies in ecommerce, compliance tech, data, energy and beyond. Josh Green, founder and CEO, Inspiration Mobility: “It has been really inspiring to me to see how big the event is in the number of people here that had no interest in climate before. . . So, it’s been really inspiring to see that mix of realization and passion at this event.”

If you’ve been following for a while now, you come to every January eagerly awaiting the newest iteration of our annual RealLIST Startups.

If you’re new here, though, here’s the RealLIST breakdown: Each year, we compile a list of 10 official honorees and 10 honorable mentions to recognize local startups that we think you should know about. These roundups ultimately highlight the top 20 startups that we think have tremendous potential for growth in the new year. We generate this list by combing through our own coverage, accelerator selectees, recommendations and the other mysterious ways we keep track of y’all.

To qualify, companies needed to be:

  • Founded in 2020 or later
  • Generate the majority of their revenue from selling a product
  • Not experience a significant exit event such as a merger, acquisition or IPO

1. Inspiration Mobility

Coming in this year’s top spot is a DC-based company that assists commercial vehicle fleets’ transition to electric vehicles (EV) by offering EVs on a pay-as-you-go basis and developing EV charging stations. In May, the year-old startup landed a $215 million raise that was led by Macquarie Asset Management and Ferrovial SA, bringing its total raised so far to $415 million.

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