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Chicago IL (January 8, 2021) Ascent, an AI-driven solution that helps financial services institutions automate regulatory compliance, today announced that it was named to Built In Chicago’s lists of Best Places to Work and Best Small Companies to Work for in 2021. Companies are selected based on data submitted by companies and their employees around compensation and benefits, culture, and growth opportunities.

Jon Leitner, Ascent CEO, commented, “We’re honored to once again be recognized as a top place to work in Chicago. The past year has been difficult for many, and as a team we’ve overcome many challenges. The key to each and every success has been the strength, resiliency and talent of our people. We’re committed to continuing to build a work environment that our employees are proud to be a part of.”

Carrie Pinkham, VP of People, added, “Though the past year of remote work has proven difficult  for many companies, there are incredible opportunities that arise from having a distributed workforce. As we continue to grow as a locally-known company, we are also excited about becoming a workplace leader far beyond the borders of Chicago. We’ll do that by conscientiously creating an inclusive environment that continually grows, challenges, and rewards our people.” 

Ascent is a first-mover in building RegulationAI™, a technology that helps compliance teams understand exactly what they need to do in order to remain compliant with complex financial regulation, thereby reducing risk, protecting firms’ reputations, and avoiding potentially crippling fines. 

“Our mission at Ascent is to create a world where companies don’t have to choose between spending massive amounts of money or not following the law,” commented Brian Clark, Founder and President. “By making it easier for businesses to comply, we free their resources to focus on commercial endeavors and delivering the best possible experience to their customers. This represents a massive global business challenge, and we’re excited to continue building a team that is galvanized around solving it.”

Ascent has been rapidly gaining momentum since its founding in 2015. Since its inception, Ascent has expanded to 45+ full-time employees and secured $26.7M in funding. 


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Built In’s list rates companies algorithmically based on compensation data and employer benefits. Rank is determined by combining a company’s score in each of these categories.


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