Interbrand Breakthrough Brands

In partnership with Facebook NYSE Ready Set Rocket

Breakthrough Brands are hungry, savvy, and disruptive—they are the bellwethers of a changing world. Interbrand, Facebook, the New York Stock Exchange, and Ready Set Rocket, have partnered for the second year to deliver the sharpest insights into the newest brands with the greatest potential.

We continue to seek out the next generation of brands that, no matter where they began, have the potential to make a global impact. The startups and upstarts reimagining what’s possible for a new generation.

2017 submissions are now closed. We appreciate the flood of interest from around the globe, and are deep into our analysis of rising brands.

On May 24, 2017, we’ll release our second annual Breakthrough Brands report. So mark your calendars to see which brands make the cut, and check out last year’s report to see how the conversation will continue to evolve: 2016 Breakthrough Brands

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What is it about?

We know what makes brands grow. Figuring that out has been Interbrand’s business for decades, and after 16 years of publishing Best Global Brands, we knew we had to create a platform for celebrating the new, notable brands that were increasingly inspiring the world’s biggest and best.

The Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report highlights the emerging brands that are still on the cusp of global status, but that will nonetheless define significant shifts in the marketplace. We will be celebrating brands from across the globe that help us understand:

  • Developments in innovation, changes in consumer demand, or even socio-economic progress. They serve to illustrate how these forces are forming and shaping the future.
  • Nascent technologies, ideas, models, and platforms that highlight meaningful change. They serve as inspiration for established brands and entrepreneurs alike.
  • The report will not be a ranking or a list. It will spotlight where we’re heading, and the brand leaders and innovators who’ll get us there.

The second annual Breakthrough Brands Report arrives on May 24, 2017. Stay tuned, and email to make sure you receive your digital download.

Who are the people behind the report?

A collective of companies that are passionate about the future and want to highlight and fuel emerging brands.

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook is a trademark of Facebook, Inc.

About Interbrand

At Interbrand, we believe that growth is achieved when an organization has a clear strategy and delivers exceptional customer experiences. We do both, through a combination of strategy, creativity, and technology that helps drive growth for our clients' brands and businesses. With a network of 29 offices in 22 countries, Interbrand is a global brand agency, and publisher of the highly influential annual Best Global Brands and Breakthrough Brands reports, and Webby Award-winning brandchannel. Interbrand is part of the Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) network of agencies. For more information, please contact us, or follow Interbrand on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About Ready Set Rocket

Ready Set Rocket is a New York City-based digital agency committed to connecting brands and consumers through innovative multi-channel experiences. We are a team of expert makers, relationship builders, technological innovators and brand enthusiasts who collaborate closely and effectively to solve our client’s challenges. We work with innovative brands like Seagram's Gin, Fast Company, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Michael Kors, Tylenol, Univision and others.

About the New York Stock Exchange

NYSE is the world's most diverse exchange group, offering a broad and growing array of financial products and services in Europe and the United States that include cash equities, futures, options, exchange-traded products, bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions. With over 8,000 listed issues globally, NYSE's equities markets -- the New York Stock Exchange, Euronext, NYSE Arca, and NYSE Amex -- represent nearly 40% of the world's cash equities trading volume, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE also operates NYSE Liffe, the leading European derivatives business and the world's second largest derivatives business by value of trading. NYSE Euronext offers comprehensive global commercial technology, connectivity, and market data products and services through its innovative trading solutions unit, NYSE Technologies. NYSE is part of the S&P 500 index and the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index.

What makes a Breakthrough Brand?

Interbrand Breakthrough Brands are the next generation of brands. They are small but growing, putting innovation to action and creating or thinking in a way that is radically different from received wisdom or the status quo. These brands may not be household names—but soon some of them will be.

To qualify for the report, brands must:

  • Be less than ten years old
  • Be changing or impacting a category with new thinking
  • Present a unique business model, one that challenges the traditional way of doing things
  • Tap into consumer behaviors in an entirely new and unexpected way
  • Be developing a new technology, product, or service that people didn’t realize they really needed and wanted
  • Be growing quickly, with rapid rate of adoption
  • Understand the value of brand, and manage it well

And are:

  • Anywhere in the world, particularly in emerging markets, and may not have a global footprint
  • Not necessarily a technology brand

Here are a few examples of brands that made it into our Breakthrough report last year:

A mobile money startup founded with the mission of empowering economically deprived regions of Kenya, and is defining the future of money in the process.

An online apparel retailer launched in 2010 that goes as far as listing “radical transparency” as a core value.

Rubicon Global
The brand on a mission to transform the waste industry with a tech-driven platform that makes sustainability easy.

A groundbreaking digital beauty brand that puts co-creation front and center.

To see the full list of the 2016 Breakthrough Brands, click HERE.

Encourage a brand to apply

2017 submissions are now closed. Thanks for the flood of interest.

Find out which new breakthroughs make the cut on May 24th, 2017, and check out last year’s report for more insights.

Want to be in the loop when we launch? Email and follow us on social. #BTB2017


2017 submissions are now closed. Thanks for the flood of interest.

Find out which new breakthroughs make the cut on May 24th, 2017, and check out last year’s report for more insights.

Want to be in the loop when we launch? Email

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