2019 Most Innovative Companies
Since 2008, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies has been the definitive source for recognizing the organizations that are transforming industries and shaping society. Last year, Fast Company recognized more than 400 organizations with this prestigious honor, from the largest companies in the world to small startups with just a few employees. With innovation more important than ever this year, Fast Company is looking forward to recognizing the organizations that are moving the world forward.

Every submission for the 2021 Most Innovative Companies will be individually evaluated by a team of Fast Company editors and reporters. Enter now for your chance to be named a Most Innovative Company.

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Extended Deadline: September 25 ($895)

Why Apply

Visibility: Every applicant will be seen and evaluated by Fast Company’s editorial staff

Recognition: All 400+ winners appear in Fast Company magazine and on fastcompany.com

Validation: Immediate boost to employee morale, recruiting opportunities, and sales prospecting

Exclusivity: Gain entry into this bold community of creative thinkers and professionals

Eligibility

Organizations may apply under 42 industry categories and must demonstrate how their innovations from the past year have impacted their business, their industry, and the broader culture. Companies and nonprofits of all sizes will be considered. For full application details, see the rules and FAQs.

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Extended Deadline: September 25 ($895)

Categories

Advertising

The agencies, technologies, and ideas advancing the business of persuasion

Architecture

Firms and commissions that are transforming the built world

Artificial Intelligence

Algorithmically powered products that are changing how humans interact with computers

Augmented and Virtual Reality

The firms creating the future of tech-powered immersive entertainment and experiences

Beauty

The science and marketing of cosmetics

Biotech

The therapies and new solutions using biological science to solve medical problems

Branding

Marketers redefining and elevating the identities of their companies or brands

Consumer Electronics

The new gadgets improving people’s lives

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate initiatives that meaningfully make a positive contribution to a company’s community and stakeholders

Data Science

Companies building a competitive advantage through their unique cache of intelligence

Design

The companies and firms reshaping business through industrial design, design thinking, and new user experiences

Dining and Hospitality

The restaurants and food service companies adapting to changing customer demands

Education

New approaches to improving learning

Energy

Novel initiatives that address climate change

Enterprise

Organizations offering tech and services that make other businesses more efficient and effective

Film and Television

The companies developing breakthrough programming—and rethinking how content is marketed and released

Finance

The products and technologies offering new wealth-building opportunities for everyone

Food

Businesses that are producing the consumer goods, systems, and agricultural technologies that are transforming the way we eat

Gaming

Cutting-edge play that entertains, enlightens, and fosters new communities

Health

The latest devices, services, and approaches to empower patients

Joint Ventures

Collaborations between two or more companies that achieve more together than either company could on its own.

Live Events

Bringing people together in real or virtual life to create indelible, shared moments

Logistics

The solutions transforming supply chains, warehousing, and shipping to be more nimble and resilient

Manufacturing

The facilities reinventing their processes to promote flexibility, efficiency, and worker well-being

Media

The businesses inventing or reinventing the future of news

Music

The artists, labels, streamers, promoters, and anyone else making beautiful noise

Not-for-Profit

Fashioning the future of philanthropy

Retail

Fresh approaches to selling goods and services

Robotics

The companies finding creative ways of integrating robotics into our lives and our work

Security

Keeping people and companies safe from the new digital warfare

Small and Mighty

Organizations with less than 50 employees but big ideas that put them at the vanguard of the next generation of innovators

Social Good

For-profit companies doing their part to make the world a better place

Social Media

Daring strategies and new platforms for meeting people where they live

Space

The startups and stalwarts commercializing the final frontier

Sports

The teams, leagues, products, and off-the-field all-stars scoring in the business of play

Style

Fashioning the future of how we dress

Transportation

Who’s driving new mobility solutions and clean alternatives to traditional conveyances

Travel

The businesses enabling new ways to explore the world

Urban Development/Real Estate

The landscapes, properties, and thoughtful initiatives defining how we live today

Video

The players designing new platforms and novel ways to consume media

Wellness

The products and services redefining fitness and self-care

Workplace

Companies that have adopted services, policies, and programs that fulfill their employees’ needs—and make them happier

Most Innovative Company Asia-Pacific

Companies headquartered in the Asia-Pacific whose innovations embody the best ideals of the region and/or work to solve problems inherent to the area

Most Innovative Company Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Companies headquartered in EMEA whose innovations embody the best ideals of the region and/or work to solve problems inherent to the area

Most Innovative Company Latin America

Companies headquartered in Latin America whose innovations embody the best ideals of the region and/or work to solve problems inherent to the area

Most Innovative Company North America

Companies headquartered in North America whose innovations embody the best ideals of the region and/or work to solve problems inherent to the area

Past Winners

Zola cofounders Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi. [Photo: Aaron Richter]
A stool from Target's Project 62 furniture line. [Photo: Jamie Chung]
Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake. [Photo: Jason Madara; Hair and makeup: Erika Taniguchi at Kern Represents]
Recent projects from design firm Ammunition. Clockwise from left: The Ember Ceramic Mug; the Deep Sentinel outdoor camera; the June Oven; the Polaroid Mint; and the Acorns Spend card. [Photo: Jamie Chung]
Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon. [Photo: Jessica Chou]
The Koginut Squash bowl from Sweetgreen. [Photo: Jamie Chung; Food stylist: Ali Nardi at Apostrophe]
GOAT cofounder and CEO Eddy Lu. [Photo: Glaskew II]
The Finke’s Sparkling White Blend from Winc wine club. [Photo: Jamie Chung; Food stylist: Ali Nardi at Apostrophe]
Modern Fertility cofounders Afton Vechery, left, and Carly Leahy. [Photo: Jessica Chou]
Zola cofounders Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi. [Photo: Aaron Richter]
A stool from Target's Project 62 furniture line. [Photo: Jamie Chung]
A stool from Target's Project 62 furniture line. [Photo: Jamie Chung]

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