BostInno’s 50 on Fire honors the hottest companies, organizations and people from across a number of categories, each one operating within or around the city’s innovation economy.
In September, we unveiled our 150 finalists, showcasing all of the nominations we received this year — plus a handful from our internal team here at BostInno. From there we gathered our 150 finalists for a night of celebration and then revealed our 50 winners and 11 Inno Blazers live with a high-energy video Thursday night.
The competition was red hot this year, and we even added something new, the Inno Blazers category, for which a panel of judges selected 11 companies out of the 50 winners to honor the trailblazers in the Hub’s innovation scene.
The winners represent a wide range of industries, professions, and causes in Greater Boston, from 3D printing and wearables to online pharmacies and organizations that seek to boost minority talent. Many of them have made big headlines this year, including Cybereason, which raised a $100 million funding round from SoftBank. There are also winners that are still early in their efforts to boost Boston’s innovation ecosystem but have already demonstrated major potential.
Got it? Good. Here are your 2017 50 on Fire Winners. Congrats to all!
Civic/Social Impact Winners: We looked for the game changers in our community who are making a lasting local and global impact with their work. These are the catalysts for change, socially, economically and environmentally, that are on fire this year.
- Artists for Humanity
- Michelle Wu: City of Boston
- Nigel Jacob and Kris Carter: Office of New Urban Mechanics
- Pledge 1% Boston (INNO BLAZER)
Design Winners: From awe-inspiring architecture and innovative public gathering spaces to 3D printing and digital design, these individuals and organizations are creating a better future for our city and its residents.
Retail/ecommerce Winners: Boston is home to some of the most innovative brands in the industry. They are shaping the way we buy and sell goods within our community through new consumer concepts.
- Ben Fischman: M. Gemi
- Mark Bollman: Ball and Buck
- Stephan Schambach: NewStore (INNO BLAZER)
Food & Drink Winners: Food and restaurant technologies are burgeoning in Boston. They’re on their way to establishing new ways that we shop, consume, pay and think about food.
Education Winners: You told us who made their mark on the university and edtech scene this year and we did our best to listen. Nominations included professors, university accelerators and education technologies.
- David Chang & Babson College Summer Venture Program (INNO BLAZER)
- IDEA, Northeastern University Accelerator
Health & Medicine Winners: This year, we decided to focus on digital health companies, individuals and initiatives that are tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Marketing & Advertising Winners: With the extreme growth in adtech, marketing technologies and agency work in Boston, it will be difficult to determine who deserves honors in this category.
Investment Winners: Boston is now a major hub for investors—from individual angels to heavily backed venture firms— there is no shortage of deal flow in Boston.
- Flybridge Capital Partners
- Katie Rae: The Engine Built by MIT (INNO BLAZER)
- Larry Cheng: Volition Capital
Sport & Fitness Winners: Boston is the hub for all things sports and fitness related – not to mention, the sneaker capital of the world. From health and wellness technologies to household fitness brands – we are looking for new trends in the industry.
Professional Service Winners: Offering customized knowledge-based services and technology products to clients is essential to building the local businesses around Boston. This includes law firms, tech services, real estate agencies and more. These companies are helping lead the pack.
Technology Winners: New startups and public tech anchors have made Boston a spot on the tech map that cannot be missed. Here are the Boston-based tech companies that have a chance to become part of this year’s 50 on Fire.
- Circle Internet Financial
- CloudHealth Technologies
- Cybereason (INNO BLAZER)
- CyPhy Works
Check out the 2017 Winners Reveal Video Here:
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