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World Economic Forum announces technology pioneers for 2021

The line-up includes young tech companies representing 26 economies focused on areas spanning urban infrastructure and cleantech to logistics and mobility.

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The 2021 cohort will be invited to participate in WEF workshops and events
The 2021 cohort will be invited to participate in WEF workshops and events

Young tech companies focused on areas such as urban infrastructure, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, healthcare, cleantech, logistics and mobility have been chosen for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2021 Technology Pioneers line-up.

 

The companies were selected because of their commitment to using innovative technologies and business models to tackle global and societal issues.

 

Pioneer community

 

Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community comprises early- to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to make a significant impact on business and society.

 

Susan Nesbitt, head of WEF’s Global Innovators Community said the Tech Pioneers include many “future headline makers” at the forefront of their industries. She added: “These companies show great potential to not only shake up their industries but offer real solutions to global problems.

 

“They’ll bring great value to the World Economic Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world with their participation in the Technology Pioneers community.”

 

They include FlexFinTx, which is building self-sovereign digital identities to help the over 400 million Africans that lack proper forms of identification, while Cambridge Industries is addressing climate change by developing sustainable city infrastructure to support waste-to-energy products.

“They’ll bring great value to the World Economic Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world with their participation in the Technology Pioneers community”

Banyan Nation is using technology to support circular economy climate solutions in India, while Century Tech is supporting personalised education options through combined innovations in learning science, AI and neuroscience.

This year’s cohort has the highest gender diversity yet, with over 30 per cent of companies led by women.

 

There are also 26 economies represented this year, with the United Arab Emirates, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe represented for the first time. WEF said all of the 2021 Technology Pioneers are bringing “great innovation” to their regions.

 

Following their selection, this year’s companies will join a group of alumni that include many household names, such as Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

 

The 2021 cohort will also be invited to participate in World Economic Forum workshops events and high-level discussions throughout their two years in the community.

 

The full line-up of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

 

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