The World Economic Forum has published the Technology Pioneers report for 2012. The report showcases 25 innovative young companies that were selected as they are well positioned to address some of the world’s challenges, in a broad range of fields. Amongst the award winners is DoubleVerify, an Israeli startup providing advertising verification services. DoubleVerify recently grabbed headlines for its latest funding round of $33 million led by JMI Equity and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), based on a $200 million valuation.
The selection committee was comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, academics and technology experts. This year, several of the companies chosen have a social responsibility agenda, as they cater to the poorer, underserved populations, offering growth opportunities through financing for businesses in emerging markets. Clean-tech companies also showed strength, suggesting that there’s no slow down in the sector.
DoubleVerify’s CEO Oren Netzer, commented on the company’s press release:
“The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer award is highly revered across the globe, and we are excited and proud to be part of this elite community. As a technology innovator that aims to strengthen trust, accountability and transparency in an emerging industry, we recognize that verification and compliance are the keys for the global growth in this sector.”
DoubleVerify was founded in 2008 and has raised $47 million to date. Its verification technology combines pixel tracking technology with “Virtual Visitors” that explore every aspect of an online site and analyse its structure to guarantee against external malware.
Other notable award winners this year were Dropbox, who recently received a $4 billion valuation in its latest round by Index, Kicksarter, the crowdfunding portal that helped thousands of art projects come to fruition and Palantir, a silicon valley data analysis startup, that works with governments on threat detection in the security space among other focuses.
Download a copy of the 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers Report [pdf].