This award-winning program from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) accelerates the adoption of innovation where it is needed most by matching innovators across the world with leading companies and organizations in emerging markets to pilot game-changing technologies, services, and business models. Together with our panel of independent advisors, we support participants throughout field testing, mitigating financial and operational risks for innovators, reducing adoption risks for local firms, and facilitating market-entry and tech transfer.
TechEmerge is exploring opportunities to bring high-impact tech solutions to emerging markets in select sectors
TechEmerge uses a unique six-step process to connect innovators with companies in emerging markets and accelerate the adoption of new technologies, services, and business models.
Leveraging IFC's 50+ 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 launch an open call 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.
Eleven global innovators have been selected to partner with 15 leading Nigerian companies to
Brazilian health tech innovator Laura has closed a BRL 10 million (~$2 million) seed round, led
Congratulations to the 13 cutting-edge innovators from across the world & 18 leading Latin
TechEmerge was created by IFC—a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, IFC invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org. TechEmerge builds on IFC’s strong track record of investing in young companies with innovative technologies or business models with high impact potential. The TechEmerge program leverages its access to a vast global network of development partners, local implementing partners, technical specialists, and multinational corporations to support the program.