When our CEO and co-founder Luke Jacobs was asked recently what surprised him most about starting Encamp, his response was this:
“I’ve learned that starting and growing a company and innovating in a specific field takes years — but that, in time, it’s possible to make incredible progress.”
After introducing the groundbreaking Encamp technology in 2018 to make environmental compliance data management more efficient and reporting more accurate, our company’s trajectory has indeed been “incredible.” And in 2021, delivering for our customer’s success has never been more evident.
2021 By the Numbers
More impressively, our company’s growth in 2021 was marked by a 500% increase in ARR and 200% increase in people growth, setting the stage to more than double both areas by the end of 2022. Additionally on the growth front, Encamp expanded its customer scope throughout 2021 by closing four Fortune 500 customers, two customers from the Fortune 1000, two Global 500 customers, and one new customer from the Global 1000.
“Encamp is fortunate to have an elite team of experts who are passionate about creating software that supports our customers’ environmental endeavors with next-generation technology,” Jacobs said in announcing Encamp’s 2021 accomplishments. “Environmental compliance is essential, yet the need for efficient, purposeful, and data-driven technology for regulatory reporting continually goes unnoticed. We are trailblazing a solution for this untouched space, and our continued growth is a testament to closing the gap in compliance reporting.”
In all, Encamp’s success throughout 2021 reinforced our position as a
premier technology-driven system for environmental compliance and reporting. We also made definitive strides in our mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment.
Notable Encamp Achievements in 2021
Funding and leadership
In April, Encamp secured $12M in our Series B funding to further develop our technology platform and add key members to our strategic teams for leadership, engineering, customer experience, compliance, sales, marketing, and others.
Key additions in 2021 included Ki Moon as Vice President of Revenue Operations, Samantha Strube as Head of People, Pauline Chen as Head of Product, and industry veteran Heather Shanahan, CPA as Chief Financial Officer. Heather in particular brings an 18-year track record from accounting and finance roles at tech firms including Wistia, Venture Advisors, and inStream, and will focus on strategic planning and financial reporting to scale Encamp’s operations.
“Encamp created a software to help modernize the way companies think about environmental compliance, and I’m excited to use my background in finance leadership to help the company grow and scale to further solve the needs of Encamp’s customers,” Shanahan said.
More trees planted thanks to Encamp customers
In 2019, we aligned with the non-profit organization One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every Tier II compliance report our customers file through the Encamp system. With the 3,761 Tier II reports submitted in 2021 (for reporting year 2020), the total number of new saplings planted via Encamp reached 11,159 — a number that will continue to grow substantially as our number of happy customers increases. Many Encamp employees also donated to the One Tree Planted cause in 2021, with our particular efforts aiding in the reforestation of areas of California affected by recent wildfires. (Look for the number of trees planted to increase even more dramatically once we wrap up Tier II reporting year 2021.)
Awards and recognitions
We’re extremely proud of the awards and recognitions we’ve received since Encamp started, and in 2021 we added a few more. They include:
- Luke Jacobs’ addition in the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2022, in the category for Enterprise Technology. Luke was also appointed to the Forbes Technology Council in 2021.
- The inclusion of our co-founder Dan Smedema on the Environment + Energy Leader E+E Leader 100 list for his role in creating cutting-edge technology for the environmental space.
- Environment + Energy Leader’s Top Product Award for 2021.
- The selection of Jacobs and Smedema on Indiana University’s 20 Under 40 list (both graduated from IU, where they met before later planning and launching Encamp).
- Purpose Jobs Top Tech Startups in Indiana.
- Our organization was also recognized as the Best Places to Work in Indiana for 2021 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Best Companies Group. (By the way, we’re hiring!)
All of us at Encamp are committed to continually developing our technology to encompass all regulations and requirements for environmental compliance reporting within an enterprise, with customer success constantly in mind. In 2021, our amazing team of Encampers took more steps in that direction with the following feature enhancements:
- Tier II workflow improvements for California-based facilities, to cut through that state’s complex reporting requirements and mitigate potential inconsistencies in compliance reporting data.
- EPCRA year-round chemical inventory, which allows regional and corporate EHS and Operations teams to add, track inventories, and proactively manage chemical inventories at the facility level.
- Single sign-on, to reduce a login to just one set of credentials. SSO provides an added layer of enterprise security for regulatory compliance by ensuring that sensitive data remains protected from cyber threats.
Encamp’s Strengths Entering 2022
According to Jacobs, “From a financial perspective, our net revenue retention is absolutely amazing. The fact that Encamp has 6- and 7-figure deals as a startup that’s only had employees for three years is a strong underlying signal of the enterprise value we deliver. As environmental regulators continue to transition towards digital compliance systems, large enterprises will start to invest more heavily in the digital transformation of their environmental compliance programs at scale. Therefore, we believe the next year will be defined more prominently by the continued digitization of the environmental compliance lifecycle.
“In 2022,” Jacobs added, “we’re excited to further leverage modern computer science techniques to not only drive the next generation of environmental compliance technology, but most importantly to provide transformational efficiency increases for our customers. Moreover with our enhanced Guided Environmental Compliance method, we’ll blend digitization, Encamp’s high-tech software, and the high-touch support of our customer experience and compliance experts to drive these increases for customers and promote compliance program unification for enterprises of all kinds.”
Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance
Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.