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Accelerating
the adoption of innovation where it is needed most

We are an award-winning program from IFC that matches innovators worldwide with leading companies in emerging markets to conduct cutting-edge pilot projects, build commercial relationships, de-risk investment, and scale solutions that tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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How we work

TechEmerge uses a six-step process to connect innovators with emerging market companies and accelerate the adoption of new technologies, services, and business models.

  • assets

    Assess

  • source

    Source

  • select

    Select

  • match

    Match

  • pilot

    Pilot

  • scale

    Scale

Leveraging IFC’s 60+ years of expertise, we identify innovation gaps in emerging markets, and work closely with local companies to understand the unique needs of potential adopters/buyers.

We scout for new technologies and launch open calls for innovators across the world with relevant solutions to apply to join the program.

With our expert advisors, we select high-performing innovators with proven technologies that can meet the needs of participating local adopters.

Through a carefully curated process, we arrange events and meetings for shortlisted innovators to meet top local companies and demo their products, and to discuss the potential to pilot projects together.

Selected innovators and local partner companies test technologies on the ground in emerging markets.

If the pilot is successful, the local company and innovator may decide to enter into a commercial contract. IFC also evaluates financing needs and may invest in companies to scale game-changing innovations

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Assess

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Leveraging IFC’s 60+ years of expertise, we identify innovation gaps in emerging markets, and work closely with local companies to understand the unique needs of potential adopters/buyers.

source

Source

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We scout for new technologies and launch open calls for innovators across the world with relevant solutions to apply to join the program.

select

Select

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With our expert advisors, we select high-performing innovators with proven technologies that can meet the needs of participating local adopters.

match

Match

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Through a carefully curated process, we arrange events and meetings for shortlisted innovators to meet top local companies and demo their products, and to discuss the potential to pilot projects together.

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Pilot

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Selected innovators and local partner companies test technologies on the ground in emerging markets.

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Scale

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If the pilot is successful, the local company and innovator may decide to enter into a commercial contract. IFC also evaluates financing needs and may invest in companies to scale game-changing innovations

Our focus

We bring innovative high-impact solutions to key sectors in emerging markets

Our
results

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300+

Innovators

selected for matchmaking with leading companies in emerging markets

135+

Adopters

participated in matchmaking with innovators

125+

Pilot projects

awarded funding and technical support to validate tech solutions with adopters

$8.5M+

Funding

offered by TechEmerge to field test innovative technologies

$300M+

Financing and investment

raised by innovators during the program (results for two finalized health initiatives)

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Our benefits

Innovators

Adopters

Advisors

opportunities

New business opportunities

Awareness of emerging market opportunities and access to leading corporates and organizations who are potential buyers/adopters of new solutions.

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Access to partners

Access to other innovators with complementary solutions and local delivery partners (engineering firms, manufacturers, distributors) in local markets.

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Financial and technical support

Access to grant funding and guidance from TechEmerge and its network of industry advisors to support pilot implementation.

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Market entry facilitation

IFC’s deep industry expertise, global presence, and emerging market network ease market entry and tech transfer.

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Investment potential

IFC will help assess financing needs and may invest in scalable solutions.

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Global visibility

Participation in TechEmerge will help to raise your profile as an innovative company addressing some of the world’s most critical challenges.

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Tailored expert assessment

TechEmerge leverages IFC’s deep industry and emerging market expertise to pinpoint adopters’ unique needs and innovation opportunities.

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Awareness of innovative solutions

Adopters can access new and emerging solutions from innovators across the world.

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Investment potential

IFC will help assess financing needs and may invest in scalable solutions.

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De-risking innovation

Adopter companies can field test cutting-edge innovations before committing to buy, lowering costs and de-risking innovation projects.

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Financial and technical support

Access to grant funding and guidance from TechEmerge and its network of industry advisors supports pilot implementation.

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Global visibility

Participation in TechEmerge will help to raise your profile as an innovative company addressing some of the world’s most critical challenges.

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Worldwide networks

Grow your network and connections with the World Bank Group and IFC, while helping to build linkages between some of the world’s most cutting-edge innovators and leading corporates and organizations in emerging markets.

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Knowledge sharing

Share your knowledge and expertise to accelerate the adoption of affordable, accessible, sustainable technologies in key sectors in emerging markets.

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Global visibility

Participation in TechEmerge will help to raise your profile as an expert in innovative solutions that address some of the world’s most critical challenges.

What our partners say

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“TechEmerge was part of our broader strategy to expand our business networks & ensure our sustainable cooling innovations meet the needs of the widest possible array of companies and sectors. As TechEmerge is a program from the International Finance Corporation, we also benefit from the organization’s 60 plus years of experience working with the private sector in emerging markets.”

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Samit Jain, Managing Director

Innovator in:

Sustainable Cooling

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“The TechEmerge Health pilots have improved our footprint and brand in Brazil which is turning into a significant market for us. We generated two more commercial contracts in Brazil as Grupo Fleury and HSL served as our references”

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Tom Valent, VP Business Development

Innovator in:

TechEmerge Health Brazil

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"Kobo360's business mission is driven by ingenuity and innovation, and we are proud to be partnering with TechEmerge participants to prove that temperature-controlled logistics can be affordable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly too, while growing vital sectors of the Nigerian economy and opening up new business opportunities across Africa."

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Ike Abiakam, Senior Partner at Kobo

Advisor in:

TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Temperature-Controlled Logistics Nigeria

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"Teaming up with innovators worldwide is a win-win proposition that will lower our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, create value for our customers, and ensure the sustainability of our business moving forward as we continue to expand our network. We are grateful to IFC for including us in their TechEmerge Program."

Ishaan Gupta, Director at Gateway Group (Snowman)

in:

TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Temperature-Controlled Logistics India

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“TechEmerge put us in contact with tech startups around the entire world that had very focused and effective solutions for the sorts of problems we were presented with. It was an exceptional opportunity.”

Dr. Edgar Gil - Executive Director – Medical, Technical & B2B

in:

TechEmerge Health Brazil