Tel Aviv, 21 June 2023 – Wilco, which enables developers to acquire skills and familiarize
themselves with tech products in a simulated, work-like environment, was selected from among
hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. The
company aims to unlock the true potential of every developer by mimicking the way software
engineers usually acquire skills --- by solving real-life challenges to complete meaningful
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early-stage companies that are at the
forefront of new technologies and innovation and are poised to have a significant impact on
business and society.
“We’re excited to welcome Wilco to our 2023 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” said Verena Kuhn,
Head of Innovator Communities at the World Economic Forum. “Wilco and its fellow pioneers are
at the forefront of innovation and disruption needed to help us solve the world's most pressing
issues. We look forward to their contribution to the Forum's content work that brings together public
and private sector to tackle these global issues."
As a Technology Pioneer, Wilco’s CEO On Freund will be invited to engage with the World
Economic Forum, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.
Technology Pioneers will also be invited to join Forum events and discussions throughout the year,
bringing together leading stakeholders from the public and private sector.
“Being recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum is an incredible
opportunity to further our mission of closing representation gaps in tech by helping developers from
around the world gain marketable skills on their own” said Freund. “We can’t wait to engage with
other leaders in our field through the Forum’s Centre for New Economy and Society.”
This year’s Technology Pioneer cohort includes startups from 31 economies, with a third led by a
woman chief executive. China has the second highest representation with 12 Technology Pioneers,
behind US with 29 companies.
Wilco helps developers around the world get access to more opportunities by creating a platform fo
efficient, self-paced learning of marketable skills and technologies through hands-on, lifelike
simulated development challenges that facilitate greater engagement.
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International
Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business
and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).
Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community is composed of early-stage companies from
around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies
and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. The World
Economic Forum provides the community with a platform to engage with public and private sector
leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome the current crisis and build future resiliency.
The Technology Pioneers community is part of the Innovator Communities within the Forum's
Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Innovator Communities convene the world's leading global startups across different growth stages from early-stage Technology Pioneers to growth-stage Global Innovators and unicorn companies valued at more than $1 billion.