The Red Herring editorial team selected the Finalists for the 2011 Red Herring 100 North America Award. This group of 200 companies is the short list for the Top 100 North America award. They are the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across North America. The Finalists are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and disruption into their respective industries.

After one final stage of judging, a live presentation at the Red Herring North America Forum in Hollywood, California, June 13-15, the 2011 Top 100 North America will be selected and announced at a special award dinner on June 15 at the event.