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Best Workplaces for Innovators 2022: 6 enterprise category standouts

Software company Demandbase takes top category honors.

Best Workplaces for Innovators 2022: 6 enterprise category standouts
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This story is part of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators 2022. Explore the full list of companies that are leading incubators of internal innovation talent.

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Whether through company-wide festivals or educational stipends, these companies invest in internal innovation while producing products and services that can power creativity across customer enterprises as well.  

Winner: 

Demandbase

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San Francisco, California

The marketing software company invests about 20% of annual revenue back into research and development and has introduced a level of personalization to its core products that greatly enhance the ability of customers to improve collaboration among their own internal teams.  

Finalists:

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Arist

San Francisco, California

The education company creates bite-size career surveys, but encouragement of learning isn’t limited to its clientele: Employees are offered $50 a month to use on anything that may strengthen their own education journeys.

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Ascendum Solutions 

Cincinnati, Ohio

The IT firm’s “Freedom to Innovate” program resulted in the creation of PayTile, a simple way to conduct financial transactions that the company markets as “Airdrop for money.”

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MainStreet

San Jose, California

A startup formed to assist small businesses, MainStreet’s once internal “MainStreet Procurement” tool is now offered publicly to help small businesses discover where they can cut back on wasteful spending. 

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Supply Wisdom

New York, New York

The risk intelligence agency joined with other sector leaders in founding the “Risk Board,” which has allowed for a cross-industry exchange of risk assessment information, benefiting multiple business spaces. 

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Workiva

Ames, Iowa

In 2021, the global software-as-a-service company expanded its annual company-wide innovation event from one week to two, collaborating on more than 50 new ideas.

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