Fast Company’s annual Most Innovative Companies franchise is the definitive chronicle of innovation across the global economy’s most vital and vibrant sectors. Our selection and analysis of leading firms—and the stories we tell about them—provide readers, viewers, and listeners with insights into the seminal changes affecting businesses and how to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.
The summit will bring the Most Innovative Companies list to life—and explore the ways in which those companies are shaping trends across multiple sectors. It is the only place to connect with your fellow honorees.
The summit will feature exclusive moments and access for past and present Most Innovative Company honorees, including a special session with our editors and your MIC peers. In addition, we’ll send you a custom limited-edition Most Innovative Companies trophy* to commemorate your incredible accomplishment.
Plus, see your company (and employees) featured in the virtual event hub! All honorees registered by 4/22 will be invited to submit a photo of their choosing representing their company. Then see your company featured in the summit virtual hub!
Fast Company has produced Most Innovative Companies since 2008. The program started with a single list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative companies; in 2009, Top 10 lists chronicling innovation in 12 specific industry sectors were added. Today, the program includes 52 categories, which encompass both industry sectors and every geographic region. Most Innovative Companies was early in honoring such disruptive companies as Hulu, Tencent, Shopify, Spotify, Alibaba, and many more. Most Innovative Companies has been nominated by the American Society of Magazine Editors for best single-topic issue and helped Fast Company win Magazine of the Year in 2014.
Most Innovative Companies is judged by more than three dozen editors and writers, who leverage their expertise to assess the innovations—and the impact of those efforts—of thousands of companies across dozens of sectors. The process takes place virtually year-round, but the most active judging period lasts several months and includes evaluating applicants as well as performing independent research into businesses making an impact in their industry or region. Fast Company’s edit team considers the financial success of an innovative initiative, the ripple effect of a given innovation across an industry or the broader culture, and its positive societal impact. (Editors also take into account the negative potential of an innovation on workers, the environment, or the broader fabric of society.) Innovations, or the impact from them, must take place in the year being judged.
*1 trophy per company