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ZeroAvia Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
June 15, 2021
The World Economic Forum announced its selection of the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021– companies that are shaping industries from healthcare to retail and many more.

This year’s cohort includes representation from 26 economies on six continents with reach far beyond traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley.

ZeroAvia, which produces hydrogen-electric powertrains for aircraft, made it to the selection for its contributions in the field of aviation.

The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.

Hollister, Calif., 15 June, 2021 – ZeroAvia, the Hollister, California based hydrogen-fueled powertrain provider, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”.  ZeroAvia offers the first practical solution for decarbonizing the aviation industry by replacing conventional engines in commercial aircraft.

The World Economic Forum’s 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.

With their selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO and founder of ZeroAvia, Val Miftakhov will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. ZeroAvia will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.


Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum, says:

“We’re excited to welcome ZeroAvia to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers. ZeroAvia and its fellow pioneers are developing technologies that can help society solve some of its most pressing issues. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world.”

ZeroAvia’s Val Miftakhov, said:

“We are honored to be acknowledged as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum. It is a confirmation that our technology is among the most unique in the world and can make a difference in the effort to reduce transportation emissions. We believe that hydrogen is the only practical method to transition aircraft towards zero-emission, and we are excited to see so many recognizing the potential of this energy source within the aviation industry.”

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For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. This year’s cohort includes start-ups from 26 countries, with UAE, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe represented for the first time.

The diversity of these companies extends to their innovations as well. 2021 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here:

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here.

About ZeroAvia:

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on hydrogen-electric aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting 500-mile range in 10-20 seat aircraft used for commercial passenger transport, cargo, agriculture, and more. Based in the UK and USA, ZeroAvia has already secured experimental certificates for its two prototype aircraft from the CAA and FAA, passed significant flight test milestones, and is on track for commercial operations in 2024. The company’s expanding UK operations are supported by grants from UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, and ZeroAvia is part of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council. For more, please visit, follow @ZeroAvia on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About World Economic Forum:

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. (

About the Technology Pioneers:

The World Economic Forum believes that innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-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 Technology Pioneers community with a platform to engage with the public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome the current crisis and build future resiliency.


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