BostInno – Staff – October 2020 – Today, we’re officially announcing the 50 people and companies that are heating up Boston’s ecosystem. Previously known as 50 on Fire, Inno on Fire celebrates Boston’s most inspiring and fastest-growing startups and individuals. We’re here to honor everyone who has played a part in advancing Boston’s ever-growing innovation ecosystem in times that are nothing short of extraordinary.
This year marks BostInno’s ninth annual Inno on Fire. That means that, since 2010, we’ve showcased nearly 500 of Boston’s best and brightest.
Traditionally, the businesses we honor have raised funding, released a game-changing product, filed patents, emerged from stealth, landed a massive partner or client, built a mentor network, initiated charitable give-back programs, made a significant hire, expanded internationally or executed a successful pivot. We also spotlight individuals who are leading, supporting or assisting these organizations.
In the age of Covid-19, the 2020 list may look different than in years past. Yet, while the coronavirus has severely affected countless businesses, organizations and industries, it has also galvanized our collective entrepreneurial spirit—not just in Boston, but across the entire American Inno network.
Candidates were selected from both internal and external nominations, and winners were selected by the BostInno editorial team.
Vecna Robotics: Vecna Robotics, the Waltham-based company behind self-driving forklifts and AI-powered workflow software, kicked off the year with a $50 million Series B round, which it planned to use to double its workforce over the next couple years. That was shortly after it unified its manufacturing facility, testing space and offices into a single, 77,000-square-feet space. Vecna now has partnerships and contracts with UniCarriers Americas, DHL Supply Chain, FedEx Ground and a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, among others.
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