- The World Economic Forum announced its selection of 100 of the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare, energy sustainability and much more.
- Many Technology Pioneers are also using their tech to support COVID-19 responses around the world.
- Akselos, creator of the world’s most advanced engineering simulation technology, the Digital Guardian, made it to the selection for its contributions to the energy transition.
Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 June, 2020 – Akselos, the Swiss headquartered scale-up that created the Digital Guardian, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Akselos is deploying its real-time digital twin technology to support a systems-level transformation of the energy sector to lower the cost of renewable energy and support asset sustainability.
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Technology Pioneers community is an integral part of the larger Global Innovators community of start-ups at the World Economic Forum.
Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO of Akselos, Thomas Leurent will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Akselos will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.
“We’re excited to welcome Akselos to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Akselos and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.”
“It’s very humbling to be acknowledged as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Akselos’ Thomas Leurent. “It’s an accolade that confirms our technology is a gamechanger, and that it can be used with great purpose – to accelerate the energy transition. Using breakthrough algorithms licenced from MIT, our software will help make sure the next generation of renewable energy assets are designed and deployed at the speed and scale required for the energy transition, as well as being economically sustainable. We look forward to working with fellow pioneers and contributing to the Forum’s critical conversations.”
This year’s cohort selection marks the 20th anniversary of the Tech Pioneers community. Throughout its 20-year run, many Technology Pioneers have continuously contributed to advancement in their industries while some have even gone on to become household names. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.
2020 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as over 25% of 2020 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.
Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.
All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here.