SANTA MONICA, CA -- HUMAN Healthy Vending ranked 37th on Forbes 2011 list of America's Most Promising Companies.
The listing honors 100 privately held emerging companies with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and investment capital.
Founded in 2008, Santa Monica, CA-based HUMAN Healthy Vending franchises dedicated healthy food venders that educate consumers about nutrition on high-definition LCDs that run streaming videos and other digital content. The company, whose name is an acronym for "helping unite mankind and nutrition," has reportedly seen 400% annual growth.
"We're educators and activists first, and healthy vending pros second," said HUMAN cofounder Sean Kelly. "We're thrilled to be recognized by Forbes and it's a great culmination to this year during which time we've placed our 800th machine in the field and made a big impact in schools and community locations across the nation by providing convenient access to healthy foods and nutrition education."
Forbes received applications from more than 3,000 companies and teamed up with CB Insights, a Manhattan-based data firm that tracks investment in high-growth private companies to determine the top 100 of America's Most Promising Companies.
HUMAN's Kelly was one of five of the top contenders invited by Forbes to Aileron, a foundation that focuses on the development of entrepreneurs and privately held businesses. Play video here.