The World Economic Forum has announced its selection of the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021 – companies that are shaping industries from healthcare to retail and many more.
The list highlights 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.
This year’s cohort includes representation from 26 economies on six continents with reach far beyond traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley. Three Canadian companies were selected among hundreds of candidate, including two from Vancouver – Ionomr Innovations and SkyHive.
Ionomr is a next-generation ion exchange materials developer. Ionomr is developing and manufacturing breakthrough polymer and membrane technology that can provide cost, performance and environmental advantages for fuel cells, hydrogen production, and carbon capture and storage (CCUS) to accelerate the shift to the hydrogen economy.
SkyHive is a leading workforce reskilling technology, helping today’s enterprises equip their workers with the skills of the future. SkyHive was selected for its breakthrough innovation – Quantum Labor Analysis – in helping organizations and global economies future-proof their workforces and unleash human potential.
“We are honored to be recognized by the World Economic Forum as a technology pioneer,” said SkyHive CEO Sean Hinton. “We view this as validation that Quantum Labor Analysis is transforming the future of work, and we look forward to continuing democratizing labor opportunities and unleashing human potential in unprecedented ways across the world.”
With their selection as Technology Pioneers, the CEOs of both companies will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year.
Ionomr and SkyHive join an illustrious group of game-changers such as Google, Twitter, Airbnb, Palantir Technologies, and Vancouver’s own Trulioo, who was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers in 2020.
The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.