The company helping crops communicate their needs to farmers joins the ranks of Nvidia, YouTube, Taco Bell, and more

DAVIS, Calif. (March 19, 2024) — InnerPlant has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024.

This year’s list shines a spotlight on businesses that are shaping industry and culture through their innovations. These organizations are setting new standards and achieving remarkable milestones in all sectors of the economy. Alongside the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company recognizes 606 organizations across 58 sectors and regions.

“Agriculture is an industry that affects every person on the planet and innovation is critical to ensuring that we can produce food efficiently and sustainably,” points out Shely Aronov, InnerPlant’s CEO and co-founder. “For the first time in the 10,000-year history of agriculture, plants will directly communicate their needs to farmers so yields are protected and waste and environmental impacts are reduced.”

InnerPlant creates crops that emit light at specific wavelengths when they’re thirsty or sick. The signals are detectable from as far away as space and provide farmers with the earliest possible indication of crop stress that’s weeks before symptoms can be seen in the field.

The company recently announced a partnership with Syngenta – a global leader in agricultural innovation and crop protection – and John Deere – a global leader in the delivery of agricultural, construction, and forestry equipment – to develop an integrated solution to fight fungus in soybeans. The first-of-its-kind solution will link together plants that give off early and specific signals when under attack by fungus with optimized crop protection treatments that are precisely delivered with See & Spray technology.

This spring, 2024, InnerSoy – a soybean fungal sensor – is rolling out in Illinois fields in partnership with Growmark, an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies stands as Fast Company’s hallmark franchise and one of its most anticipated editorial efforts of the year.

Fast Company’s editors and writers identified the companies driving progress around the world and across industries, evaluating thousands of submissions through a competitive application process. The result is a globe-spanning guide to innovation today, from early-stage startups to some of the most valuable companies in the world. Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies package is available online, as well as in-app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning March 26. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.

“Our list of the Most Innovative Companies is both a comprehensive look at the innovation economy and a snapshot of the business trends that defined the year,” said Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “We saw extraordinary innovation across the board in 2023, but we also saw a handful of clear patterns: the growing footprint and impact of AI, the triumphant return of live events, and great leaps forward in climate tech. We face daunting challenges on many fronts, but the solutions we celebrate in MIC give me plenty of hope about the future.”

Fast Company will host the Most Innovative Companies Summit and Gala on May 16. The summit features a morning and afternoon of inspiring content, followed by a creative black-tie gala including networking, a seated dinner, and an honoree presentation. This event celebrates the Most Innovative Companies honorees and provides an inside look at cutting-edge business trends and what it takes to innovate in 2024.

About Inner Plant
InnerPlant is a team of curious scientists and entrepreneurs creating innovative traits that harness plant physiology and unlock data at scale to boost global agricultural yields and sustainability. The company was founded in 2018 by Shely Aronov and Rod Kumimoto. InnerPlant was previously recognized with a Special Mention TIME Best Inventions and was named a finalist in General Excellence by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards.

About Fast Company
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