Donorschoose.org, Patagonia, Salesforce, and Brandless take NewCo Honors
We’ve just announced award winners for NewCo Honors from the stage at our NewCo Shift Forum conference at The St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. It was an exciting moment for all the winners! Nominees from three categories (all listed here) represent the “company acting like a citizen” spirit central to our hypothesis: business must lead in this era of unprecedented change in our society. NewCo Honors winners took the ethos of doing well by doing good up a significant notch in the past year.
We’re in the final stretch leading up to NewCo Shift Forum and are pleased to announce the nominees for the NewCo Honors, our annual awards for organizations doing well by doing good. Nominees are all market leaders and well-known names in their respective sectors, but what makes them significant through the NewCo lens is their commitment to leading in a new market with significant positive impact. They are the embodiment of business on a mission. NewCo Honors are given annually for actions in the previous year.
All of these organizations are “NewCos” based on our editorial narrative, which we have written about extensively, refined, and clarified over the years. They are a new kind of company, one that measures its success by more than profit. They are purpose-driven, information-first, networked, and, most importantly, on a mission.
We’re thrilled to announce that NewCo is partnering with Chinaccelerator to produce the first ever NewCo festival in Asia. NewCo Shanghai is first up on the fall NewCo tour, which also includes Toronto, Barcelona, Istanbul and Mexico City.
On September 13th, more than 20 mission-driven companies across Shanghai will open their doors and welcome intimate groups of NewCo festival attendees into their workspaces. Shanghai has a rapidly evolving tech industry and exciting international dynamics. Every year more companies move to Shanghai, including our NewCo partner Chinaccelerator which moved there three years ago. (Our US readers might have heard of their sister company IndieBio, based in the SF Bay area).
We’ve been eager to expand NewCo to China, and we’re looking forward to working with Chinaccelerator. NewCo’s unique “inside out” approach affords festival goers a view into the vibrant business ecosystem in Shanghai. Industries such as big data, machine learning, AI, ad-tech, education, and cloud computing will be highlighted in the first-year festival. NewCo Beijing will be added in 2017, and we are equally thrilled to show off the innovation and positive change being championed by companies in that city.