What is the Brands That Matter Award and how is it different from Fast Company’s existing awards?
For more than a decade, Fast Company has been recognizing outstanding achievement with three different awards programs. Most Innovative Companies (March/April issue) celebrates organizations that are transforming industries and shaping society through paradigm-shifting products, insights, or services. Innovation by Design (October issue) focuses on individuals and firms that are addressing some of the world’s most intractable challenges through design solutions. And World-Changing Ideas (May issue) highlights initiatives (products, concepts, policies, designs, and services) that aim to enhance life on the planet. The common theme among all three existing programs is innovation, a core Fast Company.
Fast Company’s Brands That Matter will showcase brands that are more than the products they sell or the services they provide, that have achieved relevance through cultural impact and social engagement, and whose branding authentically communicates their missions and ideals.
What are the award categories?
Brands That Matter will also include additional categories including Brands That Matter United States, Brands That Matter International, Customer Categories, Current Events, and Company-Size Categories.
Every submission for the 2021 Brands That Matter award will be individually evaluated by a team of Fast Company editors and reporters.
Brand Exposure - Be seen and evaluated by Fast Company editors and reporters.
Recognition - Speaking opportunities at Fast Company events and exclusive invitations to influencer-only events
Publicity - Appear in the November 2021 issue of Fast Company and on FastCompany.com
Exclusivity - Gain entry into this bold community of creative thinkers and professionals
What is the entry fee?
The entry fee will vary by date. Please see below for the prices.
February 1, 2021 – March 26, 2021: $495
March 27, 2021 – April 23, 2021 : $695
Refund Policy: If you need to cancel your application, just get in touch with us by replying to your confirmation email or emailing us at BTMawards@fastcompany.com. All sales are final. Refunds are not available but you can receive an application credit if cancelled before the final deadline.
When is the deadline to apply?
The early rate application deadline is on March 26, 2021 ($495) and the final deadline rate is April 23, 2021 ($695). Please note that you can submit your application now and go back and edit your submission before the final deadline on April 23rd.
When will the finalists be announced?
The finalists will be announced in the November issue of Fast Company, as well as on fastcompany.com.