Technology Pioneers: Selection Committee and Criteria

The selection committee evaluates all candidates against the community’s selection criteria to make a recommendation to the World Economic Forum.

It represents an external group of technology and innovation experts, academics, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who evaluate all candidates against the community’s criteria before making its recommendation to the World Economic Forum. Selection committee members are selected based on their extensive experience in, and knowledge of, various technology sectors.


Potential Technology Pioneers are evaluated by the Selection Committee against the following criteria:

- Innovation: truly innovative in bringing to market technology with an effective business model; considered a technology leader in its field.

- Impact: has the potential to make a substantial long-term impact on business and society.

- Growth company: less than 10 years old from company inception; be an independent, privately held company.

- Leadership: visionary leadership with the ability to drive the company to success, and be able to contribute time and expertise to the Forum’s work.