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 over 400 organizations with this prestigious honor, from the largest companies in the world to small startups with just a few employees.Every submission for the 2020 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.


Late Entry Deadline (fee $1000): September 20

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


Organizations may apply under 35 industry categories, and must demonstrate how their innovations from the past year have impacted their business, their industry, and the broader culture. Companies and non-profits of all sizes will be considered. For full application details, see the rules and FAQs.


Late Entry Deadline (fee $1000): September 20



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


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

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


New approaches to improving learning


Novel initiatives that address climate change


The tech and services making businesses more efficient and effective–and employees happier

Film & Television

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


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


Restaurants, products, systems, and 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

Live Events

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


The businesses inventing or reinventing the future of news


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


Fashioning the future of philanthropy


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

Virtual/Augmented Reality

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


The products and services redefining fitness and self-care

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]

Most Innovative Companies logo by Peter Komierowski