Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

We are systematically tracking emerging technologies and scientific discoveries that have the potential to disrupt industries and reshape societies.

Shaping a human-centric policy agenda requires tracking technologies which are on the cusp of entering the market— oftentimes pioneered by early-stage research-driven start-ups —or technologies that have yet to reach commercial application but have substantial potential for disruption across industries and sectors.

The Centre is systematically identifying and engaging game-changing start-up and scale-up companies through its sought-after Technology Pioneer and Global Innovator programmes, whilst collaborating with grass-root programmes such as Scale 360 and UpLink.

The Centre is also purposely engaging experts and academics via its Global Future Councils and dedicated high-level Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils.

Global Innovators

The Global Innovators are an invitation-only community of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups which are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation. Companies that join this community will engage alongside the world's leading corporations, government and civil society on the defining issues of our time.

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Technology Pioneers

Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneers are a community of early-stage start-ups from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of technologies which are poised to have a transformative impact on business and society. Companies selected in the past include: Airbnb, Cyberdyne, Editas Medicine, Google, Kaggle, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Proteus Digital Health, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter, and Wikimedia.

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Global Future Councils

The World Economic Forum’s network of Global Future Councils is an interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking for a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. The following councils are specifically dedicated to providing guidance and strategic foresight to the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

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