Technology Pioneers 2019

The Technology Pioneers of 2019 bring together 56 early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are pioneering new technologies and innovations ranging from the use of artificial intelligence to fight human trafficking, driverless trucks, quantum computing systems, compostable packaging, and blockchain solutions to tackle disinformation.

By joining this community, Technology Pioneers begin a two-year journey where they are part of the World Economic Forum’s initiatives, activities and events, bringing cutting-edge insights and fresh thinking to critical global discussions.

Energy & Environment

Black Bear Carbon

Bringing the circular economy to tires

Each year more than 2 billion tires reach the end of their life. Black Bear provides a circular solution for this waste stream by harvesting the valuable materials inside a tire. With each installation, Black Bear saves more carbon dioxide than 3 million trees consume.

Black Bear is an innovative tire recycler that produces recovered carbon black (rCB), oil and gas from waste tires. Almost everything that is black contains carbon black, which is currently produced by burning fossil fuels. It is a crucial component in rubbers, plastics, inks and paints. Black Bear plans to lead the transition to a sustainable solution for tires by rolling out hundreds of tire upcycling plants with local partners around the world.