TechEmerge is an award-winning program from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that 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.
Leveraging IFC’s industry expertise and global partner networks, TechEmerge dives deep to pinpoint the unique needs of emerging markets. 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.
First launched in India in 2016 with a focus on health, TechEmerge has launched eight programs (as of May 2021) and expanded to additional sectors (sustainable cooling, resilience) and geographies (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda Ethiopia, Nigeria).
submitted by tech innovators across the world
selected for matchmaking with leading companies in emerging markets
technical and market experts joined our advisor network
top local companies (adopters)
participated in matchmaking with innovators
selected to test & validate innovative solutions in the field + awarded funding & technical support
launched and implemented in Asia, Africa, and Latin America focusing on Health, Sustainable Cooling, and Resilience
TechEmerge programs have helped to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in financing and investment for game-changing innovations, built commercial relationships and supported private sector growth in key sectors in emerging markets, and scaled disruptive solutions that are expected to benefit millions of people each year.
commercial contracts worth ~US$1.4 million
signed by innovators and adopters*
million in financing and investment
raised by tech innovators during the program*
patients expected to benefit annually
from technologies deployed through the Health programs*
Promotion: Participation in TechEmerge will raise your profile as a dynamic company with innovative solutions to some of the world's most critical issues.
Global Visibility: Preliminary results and proof-of-concept data may feature on the TechEmerge website, in press releases, newsletters, and other material produced by IFC.
New business opportunities: You may be selected to present your results at key conferences and industry events, providing opportunities to expand your commercial networks and partnerships.
Growth: TechEmerge participants are invited to evaluate the individual impact of each pilot and explore the opportunity of expanding established relationships into commercial contracts.