The World Economic Forum on Monday announced 47 venture capital and technology leaders involved in developing technology that has potential for long-term impact on business and society. Representatives from the chosen companies can attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January.
Companies must demonstrate leadership, innovation, commitment to research and development, potential for growth and sustainability, and proven applications. Current members of the World Economic Forum and their subsidiaries do not qualify.
Of 27 U.S. companies selected, 13 are from California. The forum chose six U.K. companies and two each from the Netherlands, India, Israel, and Singapore. One company was selected from each of the following countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The companies' products include microscopic pill cameras, biosensors for landmine detection, implantable medical devices for treating brain tumors, mobile television services, blog search engines, open-source Web browsers, video headsets, paper batteries for musical greeting cards, and solar-powered appliances.