Fast Company Names ReconRobotics One of the 50 Most Innovative Companies

Edina-based ReconRobotics announced last week that it has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine. Inventor of the tactical micro-robot and a major supplier of robotic technologies to military units and law enforcement agencies, worldwide, ReconRobotics was ranked 44th on the list of honorees, which also included Nike (ranked #1), Amazon, Samsung, and Google.

“This is a great honor for our young company and each one of our 58 employees,” said Alan Bignall, ’85 M.B.A., President and CEO of ReconRobotics. “Our world-class design and engineering teams develop ultra-lightweight robots that save lives, and I am ecstatic that their creativity and problem solving have been recognized by Fast Company.”

Bignall was named “Entrepreneur Alumnus of the Year” at the University of St. Thomas’ 22nd Annual Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony in 2011. (The video above was made for that recognition.) ReconRobotics is also one of the Norris Institute’s portfolio companies.

The William C. Norris Institute continues the legacy of the founder of Control Data Corporation by supporting the start up and growth of visionary companies in Minnesota. The Institute's seed capital fund invests in innovative technology-based companies that are in the early stages of commercializing proprietary products and services.

The Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s most significant, high-profile editorial effort of the year, recognizing “enterprises that exemplify the best in business from across the economy and around the world.” The 2013 list appears in the March issue, which is on newsstands beginning February 19 and is also available online.