It's time again for CNBC to start the search for the next generation of private companies that will transform the economy with their revolutionary products and services. We look for upstarts that have the potential to unseat corporate giants by targeting unexploited niches in the market.
Last year, 50 companies with a combined worth of $200 billion made our CNBC Disruptor 50 list by reimagining a wide array of industries — from cybersecurity to food to financial services. These included well-known tech darlings Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat. Companies that stirred up a lot of controversy, such as Hampton Creek and DraftKings; as well as Square and Pure Storage, two companies that went public. At least one more, Nutanix, has filed for an IPO.
Many on the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 list have also been on a fundraising tear, raising billions of dollars that in turn has pumped up their companies' valuations.
Does your company — or a company you represent or invest in — have what it takes to be a CNBC Disruptor?
Submit your nomination by clicking here.
The deadline to submit the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Nominee Submission Form is Friday, February 12.
Nominees will be put through a holistic process of research and scoring, using a proprietary blend of quantitative criteria, such as valuation, venture capital raised and estimated user growth, along with qualitative criteria, including originality, regulatory environment and scalability.
Winners will be notified in April, and the list will be published in June across CNBC's TV and digital platforms.