What is the Technology Pioneers Programme?
The Technology Pioneers programme is the World Economic Forum’s way of identifying and integrating those companies – normally in a start-up phase or in their first rounds of financing – from around the world that are involved in the design and development of new technologies. The innovations of these companies reflect society’s attempts to harness, adapt and use technology to change and improve the way business and society operate.
Each year, hundreds of innovative companies from around the world are nominated, and approximately 30 are recognized as Technology Pioneers in three categories:
1. Biotechnology and Health
2. Energy and Environmental Technologies
3. Information Technologies and New Media.
Who are the Technology Pioneers?
The Technology Pioneers Community is composed of companies from around the world that develop and apply the most innovative and transformational technologies. The work undertaken by these companies holds the promise of significantly disrupting the way business and society operate. In addition, companies selected as Technology Pioneers must demonstrate visionary leadership, show the signs of being a long-standing market leader – and its technology must be proven.
Since 2000, more than 450 innovative companies from five continents have been selected as Technology Pioneers. Among them, 80% are still independent and 10% have been acquired by industry leaders.