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29 companies that prove you can make a difference from the outset

Source: Fast Company, 2003.

Author: Clint Rainey

The On the Rise honorees are part of Fast Company’s 2023 World Changing Ideas Awards. Explore the full list of projects we’re honoring for making the world more equitable, accessible, and sustainable.


The On the Rise category of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards honors projects from companies that have been in business for less than four years. This year’s winner is AidKit, which develops software to make it easier for governments and nonprofits to manage universal basic income programs. Read more about the winner here, and see all the honorees below.


Compost ClubKent
Disability Justice ProjectDisability Justice Project
Fairness-as-a-ServiceFairPlay AI
Landlord Participation ProgramLotus Campaign
Microinsurance for climate disastersRaincoat
Movement to break down political polarizationStarts With Us
SNAP EBT digital payments processorForage
Team-formation platformA.Team


Honorable Mentions

Bias Tracing for Equitable AlgorithmsArize
BuildershipBuilders + Backers
Channels + Unified
Smile Coffee Werks podsSmile Compostable Solutions
Digital Flare MitigationCrusoe Energy Systems
Garner Health mobile appGarner Health Technology
Donate Now, Pay LaterB Generous
EntoEngineFuture Fields
Mental health appBeMe Health
Rush Hour Emergency and Response Simulation in Smart CitiesDuality
Savings appoNesto
Gamut Seal of ApprovalGamut Management
Software accessibility tools, Stark
Upcycled bagsAnybag
Verified contract certificationTermScout
WayfinderPrivateer Space