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Entrepreneurs are using their “millennial mindset” and the record amount of venture capital available to address challenges in fields such as medtech, fintech, digital security and energy. This is the main conclusion of the World Economic Forum in reviewing its annual list of Technology Pioneers, which this year consists of 49 companies from 10 countries. Meet the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2015 here.

Each year the World Economic Forum, after a rigorous process, selects about 30 companies from hundreds of applicants. A selection committee – comprised of top technology and innovation experts, academics, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, evaluates all candidates against the programme’s criteria before making its recommendation to the World Economic Forum.

Since 2000, around 600 innovative companies from five continents have been selected as Technology Pioneers. Among them, the majority are still thriving independently while others have been acquired by industry leaders. Here are the Technology Pioneers from | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 |

For the 2017 class of Technology Pioneers all applications submitted by 3 February 2017, 23.59 CET will be considered. All applicants will be notified latest by mid-July 2017.

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If you have any questions, please refer to Technology Pioneers Programme FAQ here.