The World Economic Forum (WEF) has chosen six African tech businesses among the 100 most disruptive Technology Pioneers of 2022, companies that are altering industries ranging from healthcare to retail and beyond.
The WEF Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage businesses from around the world that are using new technologies and innovation to make a substantial effect on business and society.
Six Africans are among the participants in this year’s WEF Technology Pioneer this year:
Access Afya is a standard clinic in a box that provides chronic care, family planning, lab testing, child vaccines and nutrition, pre and post-natal care, general outpatient consultations, first aid, and other services.
Pula is an agricultural insurance and technology firm that creates and distributes cutting-edge agricultural insurance and digital products to help smallholder farmers manage crop risks, enhance their farming techniques, and increase their revenue over time.
Through the power of Open Finance, Okra enables innovative entrepreneurs to provide better and fairer financial services for everyone. By utilizing the potential of Open Banking, the startup delivers the infrastructure layer that will enable the next wave of financial innovation.
Okra uses a secure open API to connect to thousands of banks, reducing the complexity and enabling easy access to financial data and payment infrastructure.
Ampersand manufactures low-cost electric vehicles and charging stations for East Africa’s five million motorbike taxi drivers. The company is working to make motorbike transportation cleaner and more profitable than it has ever been.
Going electric will immediately double a driver’s salary and accelerate Africa’s transition to a zero-carbon future, which is what the startup is all about.
Ejara is a platform built for and by you, giving you access to the digital finance ecosystem’s riches and allowing you to participate in the global economy. Ejara allows you to deposit, safeguard, and manage your funds.
By being a part of the community, Technology Pioneers go on a two-year journey in which they participate in the World Economic Forum’s projects, activities, and events, contributing their cutting-edge knowledge and innovative thinking to key global issues, according to the WEF.
The Forum’s Global Innovators community, which is an invitation-only gathering of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups at the vanguard of technology and business model innovation, includes Technology Pioneers.