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


Making biodegradable plastic from CO2, which is only the beginning

Photanol holds the key to transforming the chemical industry from oil addicts into a truly natural circular process using sunlight and CO2. With our biodegradable plastic, we have started to make a dent in the industry and our impact will only grow in the future.

Photanol is the beginning of a new era for the chemical industry: it supplies the next generation’s need for materials and ingredients by producing chemicals and fuels from CO2 rather than depleting fossil resources, needing to dispose of waste, or impacting food supply chains.