The goal of our list is to represent the breadth of innovation across the economy — and to inspire our readers to engage with it. We try to include surprises, which is one reason we are biased against repeating businesses that have been on the list before. Think of our Most Innovative Companies list as a tool we're using to deliver key information about innovation across the globe.
For building the world's faster supercomputer
For vaulting past Whole Foods to become America's favorite specialty grocer
For connecting kids who need supplies to donors who want to help
For dominating the airwaves and the Internet with its Old Spice campaign
For transforming itself into a steady source of cutting-edge electronics
For turning corn husks into chemical building bocks