Introducing the Technology Pioneers 2015

Who are the Technology Pioneers?

The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers programme recognizes early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

Launched in 2000, each year Technology Pioneers are awarded. Past selected companies include: Agios Pharmaceuticals, AirBnb, Azuri Technologies, EcoNation, Google, Kickstarter, MC10, Nest, SoundCloud, TaKaDu, Tobii Technology and Twitter.

What makes a Technology Pioneer?

Technology Pioneers come from a wide range of sectors such as life sciences and health, energy and environment, and information technologies and new media. An external selection committee composed of technology experts reviews the candidates.

  1. Innovation Truly innovative in the development of a new technology or the novel application of existing technology.
  2. Potential impact Potential for substantial and long-term impact on business and society.
  3. Working prototype Working prototype or product on the market, or be in phase II clinical trials or beyond for applicable life sciences companies.
  4. Viability Well formulated plans for future development and goals.
  5. Leadership Visionary team with the capabilities to drive the company towards success.

Meet the Technology Pioneers

Become a Technology Pioneer

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Starting over in the global food system

By looking at the molecular properties of different plants, one company plans to overhaul the global food system.

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How can you generate electricity from living plants?

A technology that extracts electricity from plants could provide clean power to remote communities.

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The light fixtures that mimic natural light

How a ceiling LED fixture could transform architecture and the human experience of indoor spaces.

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