The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced its selection of the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2022. These are companies that are tackling issues from sustainability and climate change to healthcare and more.
They are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the use of new technologies and innovation that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. WEF says that for the first time ever, more than one-third of the selected firms are led by women, which is well above the industry average.
In the list of African companies, three out of the five listed are from Kenya. The listed African companies are:
- Access Afya (Kenya) – Providing High-quality healthcare for the global mass market
- Ampersand (Rwanda) – Africa’s leading battery-swap energy network for light vehicles
- Okra (Nigeria) – Digitalizing financial services for Africa
- Pula Advisors (Kenya) – An insurance and technology company providing comprehensive insurance solutions
- Sendy (Kenya) – Building fulfilment infrastructure for e-commerce and consumer brands
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.
What Sendy said:
“We are honored to be recognized by the World Economic Forum as a technology pioneer,” said Sendy’s Mesh Alloys. “This recognition affirms our belief that the digital economy in Africa presents the biggest opportunity for young people to participate in the economy. As a company that uses tech to empower entrepreneurs, we look forward to working with the World Economic Forum and jointly contributing towards building a sustainable future for many businesses across Africa.”
“We’re excited to welcome Sendy to our 2022 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum. “Sendy and its fellow pioneers are at the forefront of industries that are critical to solving some of our world’s most complex issues today. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world.”