Each year, Forbes magazine compiles a list of the 100 most innovative companies in the world. We’ve mapped the data for 2015 below. To find out more information on each company, just click on any point on the map.
What the map tell us
- Innovation is not the preserve of high tech companies (where is Apple, you may well ask!). Even food and drinks companies make the list, and one of them – Anheuser-Busch InBev – was founded as far back as 1366!
- The latest company to make the list was founded in 2000. This predates the arrival of facebook, twitter and youtube
- The hottest parts of the map occur in the on the US Northeast and France
- The decade that introduced the highest number (22) of innovative companies was the 1990s
- 1997 is the year that saw the foundation of the highest number (5) of the 100 most innovative companies in the one year
- Apart from the hotspots around heavyweight industrialized countries such as Japan and Korea, there’s a big innovation gap stretching from Eastern Europe to China, with Russia and all the former soviet states failing to make a dent in the top 100 most innovative companies.
Forbes’ Innovation Premium
All rankings on the list/map are based on scores achieved according to its innovation premium. You can find out how Forbes arrives at its innovation premium by reading (we suggest you take a deep breath first) this article.