Though they might not yet be household names, these companies are among this year's Technology Pioneers of 2012, a select group of twenty-five startups identified by the World Economic Forum for their potential to "significantly [disrupt] the way business and society operate," according to the WEF.
These twenty-five companies were chosen from among hundreds nominated by "members, constituents and collaborators of the World Economic Forum, as well as by the larger public," and were evaluated according to five key criteria: "innovation," "potential impact," "growth and sustainability," "proof of concept" and "leadership." They range from biotech and bio-fuel companies to cloud computing and crowdsourced-funding firms.
See this year's Technology Pioneers, which the WEF describes as "involved in the design and development of innovative and transformational new technologies," in the slideshow below, and find out more about them on the World Economic forum website. See last year's Technology Pioneers here, then take a look at INSEAD's picks for the 11 most innovative countries.