What is the Technology Pioneers Programme?
The Technology Pioneers programme is the World Economic Forum's way
of identifying and integrating those companies – normally in a start-up
phase or in their first rounds of financing – from around the world that
are involved in the design and development of new technologies. The
innovations of these companies reflect society’s attempts to harness,
adapt and use technology to change and improve the way business and
Each year, hundreds of innovative companies from around the world are
nominated, and approximately 30 are recognized as Technology Pioneers
in three categories:
1. Biotechnology and Health
2. Energy and Environmental Technologies
3. Information Technologies and New Media.
Who are the Technology Pioneers?
The Technology Pioneers Community is composed of companies from
around the world that develop and apply the most innovative and
transformational technologies. The work undertaken by these companies
holds the promise of significantly disrupting the way business and
society operate. In addition, companies selected as Technology Pioneers
must demonstrate visionary leadership, show the signs of being a
long-standing market leader – and its technology must be proven.
Since 2000, more than 450 innovative companies from five continents
have been selected as Technology Pioneers. Among them, 80% are still
independent and 10% have been acquired by industry leaders.
How are Technology Pioneers selected?
Technology Pioneers are selected on a yearly basis through a rigorous process. A Selection Committee
composed of technology experts, top academicians, venture capital
firms, technology incubators, entrepreneurs, innovators and Forum
Members and Partners evaluate candidates against the Programme’s
What are the benefits of being a Technology Pioneer?
Recognition as a Technology Pioneer allows selected companies to be
integrated in the World Economic Forum’s network of Members and
constituents. Technology Pioneers are invited to the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Annual Meeting of the New Champions and regional activities.
In addition, recipients of the Technology Pioneers distinction get
worldwide media coverage. Time, BusinessWeek and Forbes have regularly
covered the recipients of the award.
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– TP Team