A hundred innovative tech firms have joined the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers community. The firms in this year’s cohort are forging new paths in healthcare, food production and more with cutting-edge technologies.
This year’s intake includes Emerge, which is improving virtual interactions through the development of a device with tactile effects for users at virtual gatherings. Ampd Energy is reshaping the construction industry by pioneering battery energy storage systems, and Alife is supporting healthcare advances by using artificial intelligence to improve the success rate of In vitro fertilisation (IVF)- a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm in vitro.
Saemoon Yoon the lead of Technology Pioneers Community says that the firms are already bringing great changes to industries around the world and and that the World Economic Forum will give them a better chance to grow.
“By joining this community these emerging tech leaders can continue to show not only the impressive tech advancements within their firms but also how their companies are helping to build a better future for us all,” Yoon said.
For the first time, over one-third of the selected firms are led by women, well above the industry average. Further, this year’s tech pioneers are based in 30 countries – with Viet Nam, Rwanda and the Czech Republic represented for the first time.
In Mexico, for example, microTERRA builds on-site water treatment systems with microalgae that transforms wastewater into a sustainable protein source and clean water. Luxembourg’s Mission Space develops a satellite-based space weather intelligence system. In the United States, Bonumose is transforming global food systems with its technology to support the affordable production of healthy alternative sugars such as tagatose and allulose.
In addition to their tech prowess, the firms are focused on solving some of the world’s most pressing issues such as climate change, cybersecurity and more emerging issues.
Following their selection as Technology Pioneers, this year’s companies will join an impressive group of alumni that include many household names, such as Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.
The 2022 cohort will also be invited to participate in World Economic Forum workshops and events and high-level discussions during their two years in the community.
Technology Pioneer community was launched in 2000. It 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.
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