2 Kenyan companies listed among 2020 Technology Pioneers
The World Economic Forum announced its 2020 Technology Pioneers, future headline-makers addressing global issues with cutting-edge technology.
Lori Systems and Twiga foods, both from Kenya, made the list. Lori Systems is a Tech-driven logistics services company seamlessly coordinating haulage across frontier markets. While Twiga foods is a marketplace focused on lowering food costs in African cities.
The 2020 cohort selection also marks the 20th anniversary of the Technology Pioneers community. Many past recipients have gone on to become household names including, Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia
“This year’s class of Technology Pioneers are improving society and advancing their industries around the world,” said Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “These are the companies that think differently and stand out as potential game-changers. We’re looking forward to the role they’ll play in shaping the future of their industries.”
From artificial intelligence (AI) to carbon capture, the selected companies are using innovations to protect the climate, improve healthcare and much more, helping us to reset society and build towards a better future.
Of the 100 firms selected, over one-quarter are female-led, more than double the industry average. These firms also come from diverse regions that stretch beyond traditional tech hubs, with companies using innovative technology in novel ways all around the world.
Each Tech Pioneer is impacting their country and their community in different ways. For example, Kenya’s Twiga is lowering food costs in Africa by using B2B data to make food supply chains more efficient.
Other economies represented include: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Chile, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Spain, United States, United Kingdom.
Following their selections as Technology Pioneers, this year’s firms will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum workshops, events and high-level discussions throughout their two years in the community. Firms also have opportunities to work with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.