CloudNC recognised as technology pioneer by World Economic Forum

Norval Scott
Norval Scott
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.
  • CloudNC has made it to the list for its developments in the manufacturing industry. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed here

CloudNC, leading manufacturing autonomy powerhouse, was selected from hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. CloudNC’s mission is to revolutionize manufacturing to make it 10x more efficient, sustainable and faster than anything we currently have.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early-stage and growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the use of new technologies and innovations that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

With CloudNC’s selection as Technology Pioneer, CloudNC CEO Theo Saville will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. CloudNC will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.

“We’re excited to welcome CloudNC to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “CloudNC 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.”

“We are delighted to be recognised alongside so many impressive previous Technology Pioneers such as Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Spotify and Twitter”, said CloudNC’s Theo Saville. “We hope to use this platform to highlight the lack of sustainability in the manufacturing sector, and to share our knowledge and expertise to shape the future of a historically wasteful industry which has been slow to adopt technological advancements.” Theo concluded, “we’ve seen ourselves as pioneers from the day we founded CloudNC and it’s a great feeling to be recognized as just that”


The companies 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.

For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. 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.


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


The manufacturing of precision parts using CNC machines is fundamental to just about every single product on the market. They are in everything from smartphones to spaceships. CloudNC is transforming the way these CNC machines are programmed and managed, disrupting a multibillion dollar industry and creating autonomous machines, factories, ecosystems and even entire supply chains.

CloudNC is on a mission to drive a clean and sustainable industrial revolution that accelerates manufacturing and in turn humanity. By building the autonomous factories of the future CloudNC is revolutionizing manufacturing to make it 10x more efficient, sustainable and faster than anything we currently have.


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. (


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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