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The World Economic Forum’s Annual Selection of Innovators

The World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers are 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. African companies were among those selected, including 3 from Nigeria – Alerzo, which offers on-demand inventory distribution and financial services for small informal stores; Shuttlers, a tech-enabled scheduled mass-transit solutions for individuals and companies; and Vendease, an online marketplace that allows restaurants and other food businesses to buy supplies straight from manufacturers and farms. Two are from SA – Dove Air, which uses advanced Urban Air Mobility technology for aid delivery and maritime conservation; and Omnisient, which has created a trust-by-design environment for businesses to collaborate on their first party data securely, quickly and easily while remaining compliant with consumer data privacy regulations. EFSA met Omnisient last month and was greatly impressed. Ghanaian agri-tech startup Farmerline and Kenyan solar irrigation company SunCulture were also selected.

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Alastair Tempest

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