Thirty-one visionary companies selected as technology pioneers 2011

16:12, September 03, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The World Economic Forum today announced its new class of Technology Pioneers, comprising 31 of the most innovative technology start-ups from around the world. These companies represent the cutting edge in innovation and are poised to have a critical impact on the future of business, industry and society. These innovators will be presented with their recognition during the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People's Republic of China, from 13 to 15 September 2010.

The identification of the Technology Pioneer companies is the result of a vigorous selection process, for which the Forum received more than 330 applications from around the world, and that were evaluated by 68 global technology experts. This year, the Forum received the widest range ever of country of origin, with 13 countries represented: Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Nigeria, People's Republic of China, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Over half of the Technology Pioneers are from the United States, underscoring the country's position as a leading incubator for innovation.

The Technology Pioneers 2011 are active in areas such as antibody discovery and optimization platforms, augmented reality, faster and cheaper genome sequencing, location-based social networking, on-line security and reputation management, smart energy solutions, and water management and treatment.

Through the selection process this year, the Forum witnessed the ever-increasing importance of finding clean and green solutions to meet the world's energy and consumer needs, reflected both in the number of candidacies received in the clean tech sector and in the final number of Technology Pioneers selected in that category – a record 13 companies.

The selected companies are in alphabetical order: Adimab, Aster Data, Atlassian, Digital Lumens, Ecovative Design, Ferrate Treatment Technologies, Flexoresearch Group, foursquare, GetJar, Ion Torrent, Knewton, Layar, Medicine in Need, Molecular Partners, NetQin Mobile, Neuronetics, Novacem, On-Ramp Wireless, OpenDNS, OPOWER, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions, ReputationDefender, Scribd, SecondMarket, Spotify, TaKaDu, Tendril, Topell Energy, Transonic Combustion, Vortex Engineering.

"The World Economic Forum is proud to recognize an outstanding group of innovative companies as Technology Pioneers for 2011," said André Schneider, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Economic Forum. "Their technologies and business models will have a durable and valuable effect in several industries and society as a whole. We look forward to their unique contributions to the mission of the Forum: improving the state of the world."

"We were truly impressed with the quality, quantity and diversity of the applicants this year, thereby making the selection process one of the most difficult to date. I would like to congratulate the Technology Pioneers Class of 2011. These companies can be very proud of receiving such a respected and coveted distinction," stated Kevin E. Comolli, Managing General Partner, Accel Partners.

"I strongly believe that a robust innovation ecosystem is crucial for building both sustainable information based economies a "As a long-term Strategic Partner, the Kudelski Group is more than proud to be involved again in the Technology Pioneer programme community and has enjoyed meeting with most of the 2010 class members. We are excited to see this year a diverse class of innovators that are bringing information technologies, clean tech and life sciences that would definitely inspire the Global Growth community as well as members of the World Economic Forum," said Christophe Nicolas, Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Kudelski Group.

To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of a major technology and/or innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership and show all the signs of being a long-standing and sustainable market leader – and its technology must be proven. Previous Technology Pioneers include 23andme (2008), Amyris Biotechnologies (2006), BloomEnergy (2010) Dr Reddy Laboratories (2001), Google (2001), Gridpoint (2008), Kaspersky Lab (2001), Mozilla Corporation (2007), Nanosolar (2007) and Twitter (2010).

BY Matthias Lüfkens ,WEF


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Players of Iran throw up their coach Velasco Julio during the awarding ceremony at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, capital of Iran, Sept. 29, 2011. Iran won the champion after beating China 3-1 in the final on Thursday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • Greek artists burn copies of emergency tax notices during a protest against austerity measures in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Greek government is facing a new wave of protests as it introduces new austerity measures to obtain the sixth tranche of aids necessary to overcome the acute debt crisis.(Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
  • A winner of the 36th Miss Bikini International 2011 poses for a photo at the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, a coastal city of east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
  • Staff members are in position at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • Champion of Miss Bikini from Poland receives trophy at the final of the 36th Miss Bikini International World Competition in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 28, 2011 shows autumn scenery of populus euphratica forests in Ejina Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia. The populus euphratica forests here, with an area of 390,000 mu, or 26,000 hectares, is one of the world's most famous populus euphratica forests. The golden leaves and sunshines here in autumn is able to attract more than 100,000 person-times annually. (Xinhua/Zhao Tingting)
Hot Forum Discussion