The World Economic Forum (Disclosure: Ogilvy client) is keen to find exciting Asian tech start-ups or companies in their early stages that should be considered for the WEF Technology Pioneer Award.
As someone who has been fortunate enough to have been invited to attend the WEF annual meeting in Davos for many years, I can say it would be a tremendously powerful platform for any startup to be present.
2. Sustainablity (in terms of business model, funding)
3. Proof of concept (more than just an idea)
4. Quality of management team (we bring one of them to Davos!)
5. Impact (not something too niche)
The advantages, as detailed on the WEF site:
Technology Pioneers are invited to participate in the activities of the World Economic Forum, including the Annual Meeting of New Champions and potentially the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters. These Meetings are the two premier international events bringing together leaders of business and government from around the world, providing an opportunity for Technology Pioneers to interact with the World’s foremost thought leaders and trend .
For this reason, the Technology Pioneers will definitely be invited to the Annual Meeting of New Champions for two consecutive years, and they will be potentially invited to the Annual Meeting in Davos should the Forum consider that the programme reflects the interests of the company.
Recipients of this distinction get worldwide media coverage at the time of recipient list publication. In past years, Time, BusinessWeek and Forbes have regularly profiled all or a selected group of Technology Pioneers.
Post your pitch here or send me an email: thomas at crampton dot com. (I do not make the selection, but have been asked to forward names of possible candidates)