*****NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 CLASS OF WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TECHNOLOGY PIONEERS HAVE BEEN CLOSED. THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATING A COMPANY WAS 28 FEBRUARY 2014 AND ANY NOMINATIONS COMING IN AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2016 CLASS OF TECHNOLOGY PIONEERS. *****
The Technology Pioneers Program of the World Economic Forum aims to recognize innovative young companies from around the world which are involved in the design and development of new technologies that will significantly impact business and society. Since its inception in 2000, the programme has incorporated more than 550 companies at the cutting edge of innovation that have contributed to the Forum and its activities and initiatives.
As a first step in the selection process, the World Economic Forum’s technology experts will consider this nomination form to check for candidates’ eligibility. Eligible candidates will be contacted by the Forum for next steps in the process.
Technology Pioneers Selection Criteria
1.Innovation: The company’s technology must be truly innovative. A new version or repackaging of an already well-accepted technological solution does not qualify as an innovation. The innovation should be recent and the company should invest significantly in R&D.
2. Potential Impact: The company’s technology must have the potential to make a substantial long-term impact on business and society in the future.
3. Growth and Sustainability: The company should have all the signs of a long-term market leader and should have well-formulated plans for future development and growth.
4.Proof of Concept: The company must have a product on the market or have proven practical applications of the technology. Companies in “stealth” mode and companies with untested ideas or models will not qualify.
5.Leadership: The company must have visionary leadership that plays a critical role in driving the company towards reaching its goals.
6.Status: The company must not currently be a Member of the World Economic Forum. This criterion applies to the parent company, thus wholly-owned subsidiaries of large firms are not eligible.
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