Introducing the Technology Pioneers 2016

Who are the Technology Pioneers?

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

Launched in 2000, The Technology Pioneer community recognises around 30 companies every year and incorporates them into the Forum’s events, activities and initiatives. Past selected companies include: Airbnb, Bluebird Bio, Bloom Energy, Cyberdyne, Editas, Foundation Medicine, Google, Kaggle, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Proteus Digital Health, Rethink Robotics, Scribd, Solazyme, Spotify, Twitter and Wikimedia.

Meet the Technology Pioneers

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What makes a Technology Pioneer?

Technology Pioneers come from a wide range of sectors including life sciences and health, energy, environment and information technologies. 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 to make a substantial and long-term impact on business and society.
  3. Working prototype Proof of concept or product on the market, or be in phase II clinical trials or beyond for life sciences companies.
  4. Viability Well formulated plans for developments and goals.
  5. Leadership Visionary team with the capabilities to drive the company towards success.

Become a Technology Pioneer