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Ascendant Group wins 2021 Blue Hen 17&43 Award

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

As the world becomes more and more digitized by the day, the need for one’s own brand identity only intensifies. Whether you’re an executive or entrepreneur you must cultivate a USP of some sort in order to stand out in a sea of competitors.

The Blue Hen 17&43 Awards, in essence, celebrates the fastest-growing companies, or the most promising ones, founded by the students or alumni of the University of Delaware (UD). They uphold its long-standing traditions of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, which have been in place since the institution was founded back in 1743. The idea is to recognize, and thereby, honor, the success of UD’s Horn Entrepreneurship School and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

But how does one qualify for the award? In a nutshell, those on the fastest-growing companies list are assessed on their respective rates of growth. Additionally, they must have had a total revenue of at least $1,000,000 in the last three years. In addition to, nominees on the Most Promising Ventures list are evaluated upon their impact potential.

Each year the number of applicants nearly doubled despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Of course, a great number of applicants means greater competition and The Ascendant Group is proud to say it emerged successful through it all! We have been ranked at number 14 on the list of the Fastest-Growing Companies of 2021. The top company on the list is Sponsor United, with a growth rate of 177%, founded by Bob Lynch of the Class of 2002

We at The Ascendant Group would like to formally congratulate those who made it into the Most Promising Ventures category. Indeed, the work being done by the many leaders and change-makers on the list, to drive industrial excellence and support research, innovation, job creation and society, is commendable, to say the least. It is refreshing to see that the list included projects by alumni members, such as 3DiBNow by David Woods from the class of 1982, as well as the work of current students, like Backyard Gig by Class of 2023 co-founders Shahroze Ali and Suryanuj Gupta.

Ascendant Group has employed six graduates for students of internships over the past year, and remains committed to the Blue Hen community. It is our goal to exceed expectations and help our clients succeed.

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