World Economic Forum: 8 African startups made 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021

Eight African companies reshaping industries, creating job opportunities and adding value to the society have been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on its 100 most promising Technology Pioneers list of the year.

The companies were selected from 26 economies across the world with Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, UAE, and El Salvador making the list for the first time.

Selection Criteria

To be selected as a Technology Pioneer:

A company must lead new technologies and innovations, ranging from cell-based seafood protein to quantum-based cybersecurity, digitization of water rights, and satellite imaging to measure carbon captured in forests. 

Plus, the community’s selection criteria must be demonstrated which includes leadership, impact, and innovation, as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

African startups that made the WEF list

● Cambridge Industries (Ethiopia)

● FlexFin Tx (Zimbabwe)

● Kuda (Nigeria)

● Moringa School (Kenya)

● mPharma (Ghana)

● Sokowatch (Kenya)

● 54Gene (Nigeria)

 ● Gro Intelligence (Kenya)

As a result of this recognition, these startups will be participating at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout 2021 including making contributions to Forum initiatives over the next two years, and working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.

The Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum, 

Susan Nesbitt welcomes all:

“We’re excited to welcome Sokowatch to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers. Sokowatch and its fellow pioneers are developing technologies that can help society solve some of its most pressing issues. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world.”

Sokowatch’s Daniel Yu, responding:

“It’s a great privilege to be acknowledged as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum. We are continuously looking at how technology can transform the supply chain for informal retailers and improve access to goods for the mass market. The informal retail sector makes up 80% of total retail but is extremely fragmented; introducing technology has enabled a simplified and seamless process that is slowly turning a traditionally unprofitable market into a profitable one.”

54gene’s Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong shared with the Forum how an honor this achievement is:

“It is truly an honour to be recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. This is testament to the outstanding collective output of the 54gene team to address global health disparities and to imagine a world where precision medicine applies equally to all irrespective of one’s geographical location or economic status. There’s a long journey ahead, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate and innovate with other mission-driven organisations all over the world.”

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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