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These five small companies earn Best Workplaces for Innovators recognition

These companies all punch above their weight when it comes to their internal innovation cultures.

These five small companies earn Best Workplaces for Innovators recognition
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This year for the first time, Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators is recognizing outstanding organizations in six different categories, including these five companies with fewer than 100 employees.

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Finalists

300 Entertainment
New York

In response to the pandemic, the company expanded its wellness program to include reimbursement for two therapy sessions a week and a Covid relief fund.

MycoWorks
Emeryville, CA

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In 2020, the biotech company instituted the MycoWay, a system that empowers all manufacturing employees to contribute enhancements and solutions to internal processes.

Ramp
New York

The fintech company encourages employees to develop side projects, and one engineer was accepted into Y Combinator and launched his own startup.

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Sidebench
Santa Monica, CA

The LA-based tech consultancy has launched an apprenticeship program for product managers focusing exclusively on talented prospects from groups currently under-represented in technology.

The Variable
Winston-Salem, NC

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Every employee at the small agency pitches a new idea to a panel of judges at its annual Good Idea Fair.

Read more about Fast Company‘s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021.

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Call for Most Innovative Companies entries! Apply now.

500+ winners will be featured on fastcompany.com. Final deadline: 9/23.