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World Economic Forum’s Female-led Tech Pioneers Over 30% for the First Time

The World Economic Forum has announced its latest selection of companies around the world that are playing a pivotal role in the transformation of industries from healthcare to retail and beyond in its list of 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are actively applying new technologies and innovation that could significantly influence business and living.

For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. This year’s cohort represents 26 economies across six continents, with a reach that extends far beyond usual tech hubs like Silicon Valley. It includes startups from 26 economies, with UAE, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe represented for the first time.

African Genomics Company 54Gene Joins the Cohort

In this year’s list, the World Economic Forum recognises African genomics company 54gene as a technology pioneer. The research company is in increasing the inclusion of African genomics into the global healthcare discourse.

“We’re excited to welcome 54gene to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “54gene 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.”

With their selection as a Technology Pioneer, CEO of 54gene, Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong will be invited to participate at the World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. 54gene will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.

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. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.


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