Vertical Harvest Receives 3 Honorable Mentions from Esteemed World Changing Ideas Awards

May 4, 2021 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced this morning, and we were beyond thrilled to receive three Honorable Mentions in the Best World Changing Idea North America, Food, and Social Justice categories. Now in its fifth year, the awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.

“We are so very honored to be chosen and showcased among some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges,” says Nona Yehia, Vertical Harvest Co-Founder and CEO. “It just reconfirms that our profitable model enables the progress we want to see in our communities. Vertical Harvest is leading the way in this fast-growing industry to outline a new way forward in strengthening job and food security, and in enhancing community through a business model that focuses on being smarter, greener, and more equitable,” she said. “I’m so proud and humbled to receive this award and to lead this paradigm-shifting organization.” 

A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam. Vertical Harvest was one of only 800 Honorable Mentions. 

Combined with the Champions of Change award from CNN last fall, as well as the recent segment on the Today Show, and timely features in Architectural Record and Feast and Field, Vertical Harvest’s profile is rising fast on all fronts. 

Nona was selected for the inaugural advisory board of Indoor Ag-Con, the nation’s premier trade show for the indoor agriculture/vertical farming industry to be held in October. She also will be speaking at Indoor Ag Tech on June 24 in the session, Scaling at Speed: Delivering the Promises of a Mission-Led Industry.

Read the Fast Company announcement and full list of winners and honorees here.