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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Real Leaders, publisher of the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine and Big Path Capital, impact investing’s investment bank, are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for The RealLeaders 100, the premier ranking of the top companies in the global impact economy.

While some rankings list businesses based solely on total revenues or sales growth, The RealLeaders 100 considers another factor that’s equally important — the positive social and environmental impact that profitable, thriving businesses are having on their communities, the environment, and the world by leveraging the tools of capitalism.

“These companies are redefining capitalism by demonstrating that you can strive for greater profits and the greater good at the same time,” said Michael Whelchel, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Big Path Capital, which serves as an investment bank for sustainable businesses and a placement agent for impact private equity funds.

“This movement of women and men who are transforming business into a force for good is growing exponentially. They are the inspiring heroes we are celebrating as members of the Real Leaders 100 global community,” said Real Leaders CEO Julie Van Ness.

“The successful companies in The RealLeaders 100 prove that businesses can profit and thrive because they are a force for good, not in spite of it,” added Big Path Co-Founder and Managing Partner Shawn Lesser.

This is the second year that Big Path and Real Leaders have teamed up to honor the world’s top impact companies. Unique to the 2020 ranking, members of the public can now nominate companies they aren’t affiliated with. This means in addition to the company you own or work for, you can also nominate businesses whose products, services, and ethos you admire.

Applications for the 2020 rankings will be open until Oct. 1, 2019. To qualify, companies must provide support to verify their rapid growth and their positive impact for committee review. The final rankings will factor in a company’s revenues, growth rate and positive impact.

The official 2020 rankings will be published in the January 2020 issue of Real Leaders magazine, and the winners will be honored at the Real Leaders 100 Awards Gala during the Big Path Momentum Summit in Portland, Oregon, in April.

About Big Path Capital
Founded in 2007, Big Path Capital advises business owners and fund managers in the impact and sustainable sector, connecting mission-driven companies and fund managers with mission-aligned investors. Big Path works with more sustainable and socially conscious companies and investors than any other investment bank in the impact space. Big Path has also organized more than 50 impact investing events convening global networks of institutional investors with the expressed goal of mainstreaming impact investing.

About Real Leaders
Real Leaders was founded as a Benefit Corporation in 2010 to serve the YPO community of 27,000 CEOs in 135 countries. Their mission is to inspire better leaders for a better world. Real Leaders does so through events, podcasts, impact investments, competitions, a weekly newsletter, and a quarterly print and digital magazine. As the world’s first publication devoted to covering socially and environmentally conscious business & leadership, Real Leaders expanded their leadership magazine distribution in 2017 to include an additional 5,000 airport and bookstore locations. Real Leaders seeks to ensure that every generation of leaders, in all spheres of influence, are exposed to visionary leadership in the hope that they are inspired to find profitable business solutions that benefit humankind.

For more information about The RealLeaders 100 or to submit a nomination, visit: