Eight African startups have been named World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers of 2021.
The eight will join the list of 100 startups that are blending entrepreneurial spirit with science and engineering to tackle global problems head-on.
The Technology Pioneers of 2021 bring together 100 early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are pioneering new technologies and innovations, ranging from cell-based seafood protein to quantum-based cybersecurity, digitization of water rights and the use of satellite imaging to measure carbon captured in forests.
By joining this community, Technology Pioneers begin a two-year journey where they are part of the World Economic Forum’s initiatives, activities and events, bringing their cutting-edge insight and fresh thinking to critical global discussions.
Technology Pioneers are an integral part of the Forum’s Global Innovators community, which is an invitation-only group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation.
The 2021 cohort of young and growing tech companies include “many future headline-makers at the forefront of their industries,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Forum’s Global Innovators Community, which will facilitate workshops and high-level discussions for the pioneers over the next two years. The social innovators are selected for being cutting-edge players with “great potential to not only shake up their industries but offer real solutions to global problems,” she explains.
Below are the eight startups to join the 2021 cohort:
- Cambridge Industries, Ethiopia: Innovating next-generation urban infrastructure through sustainable city parks
- FlexFinTx, Zimbabwe: Building the next generation of identity management
- Kuda Technologies, Nigeria: Providing Africans with access to credit and free banking services
- Moringa School, Kenya: A workforce development platform serving African students
- mPharma, Ghana: Building good health in Africa through technology-driven healthcare
- Sokowatch, Kenya: Offering same-day delivery and working capital to African retailers
- Gro Intelligence, Kenya: An AI-powered decision engine where ecology meets economy
- 54gene, Nigeria: Equalizing precision medicine