Extended Deadline: September 24 ($995)

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 2022 Most Innovative Companies will be individually evaluated by a team of Fast Company editors and reporters.

Apply NowExtended Deadline: September 24 ($995)

Why Apply

Brand Exposure

Be seen and evaluated by Fast Company editors and reporters

Break News

Tell your organization’s story to the world for the first time; highlight the success of teams within your organization—or partners who’ve helped with your success


Speaking engagements at Fast Company events and exclusive invitations to influencer-only events


Appear in the March/April 2022 issue of Fast Company and on fastcompany.com


Gain the Fast Company stamp of approval for creating a truly breakthrough technology


Organizations may apply under 51 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.

Apply NowExtended Deadline: September 24 ($995)



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


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


The science and marketing of cosmetics


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


Marketers redefining and elevating the identities of their companies or brands

Consumer Electronics

The new gadgets improving people’s lives

Consumer Goods (New)

Pioneering products and brands that are transforming consumers' daily lives

Current Events (New)

Special recognition for proactive, high-impact efforts to address seminal events in 2021 such as pandemic effects; income inequality; racial, gender, and class-based divisions; and more

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


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


New approaches to improving learning


Novel initiatives that address climate change


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


The products, technologies, and firms facilitating how businesses manage their fiscal assets


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


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


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


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


The businesses inventing or reinventing the future of news

Medical Devices (New)

Hardware and gadgets that are changing how healthcare is delivered

Medicines and Therapeutics (New)

Advances in treatments, vaccines, and drugs that help people live longer, healthier lives


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


Fashioning the future of philanthropy

Personal Finance (New)

The services powering wealth-building opportunities for everyone


Fresh approaches to selling goods and services


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


Keeping people and companies safe from the new digital warfare

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


The startups and stalwarts commercializing the final frontier


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


Fashioning the future of how we dress


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


The businesses enabling new ways to explore the world

Urban Development/Real Estate

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


The players designing new platforms and novel ways to consume media


The products and services redefining fitness and self-care


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


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

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

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

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

Small and Mighty: Under 10 Employees (New)

Organizations with less than 10 employees but big ideas that put them at the vanguard of the next generation of innovators

Small and Mighty: 10-100 Employees (New)

Organizations who have between 10 and 100 employees with big ideas that put them at the vanguard of the next generation of innovators
Apply NowExtended Deadline: September 24 ($995)