The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recently announced its list of the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2022, and seven African tech startups have been recognized for their remarkable contributions to various industries. The WEF Technology Pioneers are innovative companies from around the globe, focusing on new technologies that are set to make a significant impact on business and society.
Among this year’s selection, Nigeria boasts three representatives. Alerzo offers on-demand inventory distribution and financial services for small informal stores, while Shuttlers provides tech-enabled scheduled mass-transit solutions for individuals and companies. Vendease, on the other hand, operates as an online marketplace that facilitates direct purchasing of supplies for restaurants and food businesses from manufacturers and farms.
South Africa contributes two startups to the list. Dove Air utilizes advanced Urban Air Mobility technology for aid delivery and maritime conservation, whereas Omnisient has developed a secure and compliant platform for businesses to collaborate on their first-party data, ensuring data privacy regulations are upheld.
Completing the lineup are Ghanaian agri-tech startup Farmerline and Kenyan solar irrigation company SunCulture. The recognition by the World Economic Forum has been met with excitement and honor by the selected companies, as it affirms their commitment to addressing crucial challenges within their respective sectors. The opportunity to collaborate with fellow pioneers, thought leaders, and policymakers who share a common vision of building a more resilient and equitable future is seen as a valuable prospect for these African startups.