Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies has been the definitive source for recognising the companies that are transforming industries and shaping society. Over the years, Fast Company has recognised companies with this prestigious honour, from the largest companies in South Africa to small startups with just a few employees. This is an opportunity for the public to nominate innovative companies.

Read below about Most Innovative Companies that shaped 2019.

Nominees for Fast Company SA’s Most Innovative Companies Awards announced

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The applications are in and preparation for Fast Company SA’s inaugural Most Innovative Companies event is in full swing. The process of sorting through and selecting entrants and nominees has highlighted the incredible entrepreneurial spirit in South Africa, and alluded to just how necessary and much-needed this platform is for both budding and established innovators […]

YALU: For shaking up the insurance game

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In our busy world, Yalu has created the only self-service credit life insurance policy in the market. Underwritten by a business division of Old Mutual, namely Alternative Risk Transfer (or OMART), Yalu makes it as effortless as possible to complete the credit life insurance policy online in under five minutes (with ambassadors on standby to […]

ABSA: For innovating mobile banking apps

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What makes Absa an innovative leader in Industry 4.0?Within a year, Absa was able to set up ChatBanking for significant value and retail returns through a bank-integrated multiplatform system. For example, by activating an icon, users can ask a bot to action a request. We are now leaning into bot intelligence to build shortcuts in […]

Stafford Masie announced as keynote speaker at Fast Company SA’s inaugural Most Innovative Companies Awards

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Celebrity innovator and head of WeWork in South Africa, Stafford Masie, will be the keynote speaker of Fast Company’s inaugural event,the Most Innovative Companies conference and awards ceremony taking place on 5 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Masie is no stranger to the South African innovation community. He spent 7 years […]

ACCENTURE: For accelerating app development

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With an MBA from UCT under his belt, Accenture’s Liquid Studio Director and Innovation Lead Rory Moore is a master in advising on innovation, forward-thinking and entrepreneurship strategies.  Rory is heavily involved in expanding the community of startups, incubators and accelerators through Accenture. He models the architecture of the innovators to suit the existing capabilities […]

RELATE TRUST: For building a crowdfunding enterprise that tackles social issues

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A disturbing thought has continuously plagued Lauren Gillis’ mind. The prevalence of inequality in many societies still today was something she understood to be inevitable — however, very fixable. “I was frequently kept awake at night by thoughts of so many people suffering because of the lack of opportunity available to them,” Lauren says. “I […]

AFRICA BUSINESS INTEGRATION: For maximising AI’s power in Africa

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Artificial intelligence (AI) – the buzzword that has sparked both excitement and fear – has found a solid footing in Africa thr-ough sci-tech company Africa Business Integration (ABI). Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution with full force, Co-founders Thabo Koee and Tebogo Nakampe started ABI with the sole purpose of providing key computer integration solutions to […]

EVERAFRICA: For creating the next generation’s apps

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Xander – a series of educational children’s apps – is just one of the many innovative products created by EverAfrica. The apps provide mother tongue learning for children (between ages three and six) who speak African languages. The apps can be downloaded in Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Sotho, Swahili or Shona — the first […]

OUTSOURCED CFO: For using cloud as a financial consulting practice

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Embracing digital culture from the get-go, Outsourced CFO (OCFO) is an online accounting and financial consultancy firm that services its clientele from cloud-based technology. This digi-solution has provided businesses and entrepreneurs with access to seasoned advisors, who help manage everything from cash flow and company tax to financial decision-making.  Along with Co-Founder Dana Pretorius and […]

HABITAT: For reconnecting people with Mother Nature

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Rise above Inspired by the raw challenges that comes with being an entrepreneur, Ulrico Grech-Cumbo – Co-founder and CEO of conservation-led immersive storytelling studio Habitat – has successfully married tech and nature through virtual reality. Habitat produces specialised virtual reality (VR) content that sends users on immersive wildlife experiences that both educate and evoke a […]

KNIFE CAPITAL: For driving societal transformation through visionary startups

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Cape Town-based, Knife Capital was born from an innovative spark generated by Co-founders Keet van Zyl and Eben van Heerden while working at Mark Shuttleworth’s Here Be Dragons Venture Capital fund.  Founded in 2010, the growth equity-investment firm hones in on innovation-driven businesses, using their networks, funding and industry expertise to help each enterprise achieve […]

SYBRIN: For creating opportunity through innovation

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What makes Sybrin the ultimate forward thinker? Sybrin’s mandate is to provide businesses with technology solutions to stimulate growth, reliability and prosperity. We are constantly thinking and progressing ahead of the curve. If we had to focus on what makes us specifically innovative, we would have to say that it comes down to what we […]

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