One Arkansas company has been named to Forbes’ Best Startup Employers list for 2021.
Apptegy, the education technology company that provides marketing and communications tools for schools, was the sole Arkansas company named to the list. The Little Rock-based company was ranked at no. 437 out of 500 total companies.
This is the second consecutive year that the company has been named to the list. In 2020, Apptegy was named no. 370 among startup employers.
Founded by Jeston George in 2013, Apptegy builds custom apps for smartphones and websites tailored for schools. The company also Thrillshare, a tool that enables schools to manage all online interactions across mobile, social media and website platforms.
According to Crunchbase, the company has raised approximately $20 million in funding.
Seattle, Wash.-based company Hiya took the top spot on the Forbes list, followed by Dallas finance company Bestow and New York business products and software services company Unite Us. Curology and Petal finished out the top five on the Best Startup Employers list.
To compile the list, Forbes partnered with Statista to evaluate 2,500 American businesses founded between 2011 and 2018. All companies had to employ at least 50 individuals, and each company had to be started from the ground up and not a spin-off of an existing business.
The primary criteria being evaluated for the list were employer reputation, employee satisfaction, and company growth. To determine employer reputation, Statista researched “articles, blogs and social media posts pertaining to each employer,” according to Forbes, with a focus on key phrases, including “corporate culture,” “diversity” and “employee engagement.”
Assessing employee satisfaction required Statista to look at online reviews, and Statista looked at website traffic and head counts to evaluate company growth.
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