The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.
This year's Tech Pioneers are emerging innovators from a diverse set of industries. These firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The focus areas of this year's Tech Pioneers include: agtech, smart cities, cleantech, supply chain, manufacturing, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles and drones. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as 25% of 2019 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from many different regions beyond the United States and Silicon Valley. In fact, this year's class of 56 firms represent every continent except Antarctica. The full list of technology pioneers can be found ​ online .
"We're excited to welcome Rigetti to this year's innovative class of technology pioneers", stated Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. "Rigetti and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using novel technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come."
"It's an honour to be acknowledged as pioneer by the World Economic Forum", stated founder and CEO Chad Rigetti. "It is further confirmation of our leadership role in advanced computing and a recognition that quantum computing can have an enormous positive effect on humanity. We believe quantum computing can help solve pressing challenges in energy, medicine, food production, and economic development. We look forward to contributing to Forum dialogues on these issues."
The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 59 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.