News - 03/08/2022

BBVA AI Factory ranks No.1 on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators awards in the category of Small Companies

In addition, BBVA AI Factory Ranks No. 40 on Fast Company’s Fourth Annual List of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators, thanks to innovation initiatives such as "Program X" and its commitment to diversity

Fast Company today announced its fourth annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring organizations and businesses that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. BBVA AI Factory came in at No.40 for the launch of “X Program”, a company-wide program dedicated to exploring disruptive ideas that go beyond the team scope, and allows us to develop solutions to common challenges.

Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2022 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries, including computer science, biotech, consumer packaged goods, nonprofit, education, financial services, cybersecurity, engineering, diversity, sustainability, B2B, and consumer products and services. Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers worked together to score nearly 1,500 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies. The 2022 awards feature workplaces from around the world.

In addition to the recognition as one of the best workplaces for innovators, BBVA AI Factory obtains the first place in the category of companies with less than 100 employees. The company’s culture, based on knowledge sharing, personal and professional growth and self-leadership, makes it possible for projects such as Program X to emerge, which from the first moment was very well received, receiving numerous ideas for prototypes to be developed. “With the first prototype presented, focused on improving the process of labeling large datasets, and thanks to the methodology of Program X, we managed to improve a sectoral challenge,” explains Francisco Maturana, CEO of BBVA AI Factory.

“This year’s list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a deep commitment to cultivating creativity across the board,” says Brendan Vaughan, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “In the face of powerful headwinds, these leaders and teams continue to spur innovation.”

Fast Company‘s Best Workplaces for Innovators issue (September 2022) is available online now, and the print issue will be on newsstands beginning August 16, 2022. Join the Best Workplaces for Innovators conversation using #FCBestWorkplaces.

The whole 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators list is available here. You can also read the article about the awarded companies in the “Small Companies” category, in which BBVA AI Factory reaches the first position.

The whole 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators list is available here. You can also read the article about the awarded companies in the “Small Companies” category, in which BBVA AI Factory reaches the first position.

About Fast Company

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About Accenture

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About BBVA AI Factory

BBVA AI Factory is the global development center where BBVA builds the Artificial Intelligence capabilities. We work to respond to the bank’s priorities, while also seeking to ensure that the impact of AI reaches the entire organisation. At BBVA AI Factory we work with around 50 people, approximately 60% of whom work in Data Science. However, AI Factory leads a space in which more than 180 professionals from different disciplines work.